INTRODUCTION TO HILLWALKING

EVENT DATE: SAT 03 JULY 2021
LOCATION: GALLOWAY FOREST, DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
DURATION: DAY EVENT (PLAN ON BEING AWAY ALL DAY!)
FITNESS LEVEL: BASIC
EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: NONE
EXPERIENCE GAINED FROM COURSE: INTRO TO HILLWALKING

EVENT OVERVIEW:

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Whether you are completely new to hillwalking, or you're already a seasoned Munro-bagger, if you want to attend any of our future hillwalking/mountaineering events, you must first complete this mandatory day event where we teach you the basics on taking to the hills, how to use the mandatory kit you were asked to bring, and of course how to pack that kit correctly.

 

This might sound like an insult to some, but if we have to wait for you pulling your sandwiches and kitchen sink out your bag just to get to your waterproofs as a storm brews, then you better believe you won't be popular!

As with everything Marine Fitness, the focus is on the group as a whole and working together, looking our for each other, and of course teamwork. It doesn't matter who is the fittest, least fit, most experienced, least experienced, we are all equal and treated as such throughout. 

The aim of the Mountaineering Division is to create a solid, professional team of individuals that has the confidence to take to the higher and more challenging peaks over time. Everyone will know what is expected of them and the standards to maintain. We all have to start somewhere though, and that somewhere is here and now...

This is a day event climbing the hills in the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland. It's a great place to get out in the wilderness and build up fitness, confidence and experience in one of the few remaining places that you can feel totally lost in the wilds! The exact meeting location will be published closer to the event date taking place!

 

The route chosen will require a basic level of fitness but still prove a challenging day out for many, however, if you struggle to walk up the stairs then I recommend you work on that before attending this event! The aim of this event is to start easy, work on the basics, give you a chance to fine-tune your clothing and equipment, and build from here! 

MANDATORY BRIEF (READ BEFORE BOOKING):

Safety is always our number one priority and it's important that the whole group, and all individuals within each group, know, understand, and abide by the Marine Fitness Mountaineering 'SOP's' (Standard Operating Procedures) that are taught in our Introduction to Hillwalking day event. In other words, we are all signing from the same songsheet from this day forwards and any newcomers that filter into future events learn the standards before.

Ensure you attend this and all future events with all the kit listed on the Mandatory Kit List! We will do full kit checks prior to every walk and anyone found missing any items will be turned away and unable to complete the day. You ahve been warned!

Hillwalking and mountaineering should be fun, but make no mistake, while you are under the umbrella of the Marine Fitness Mountaineering Division, professionalism will be instilled from day 1, our high standards will be taight, and  we expect them to be maintained by each and every person should they wish to remain with us on future events.

I will say it again to emphasise before you book a place, if you are not happy meeting our standards or you think that they are below you due to your already extensive knowledge and experience, then do not book a place. There will be no exceptions and we will not compromise the safety of the group for an individuals ignorance.

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