Mountain Skills Courses Client Feedback

07th October 2015

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Here's what others are saying about the course...

“I was particularly impressed with last weekend, you were so patient and calm. I learned so much, and being out on the hills today I had a completely new sense of adventure. You gave me the key last weekend, and as you said, it's up to me now, what I do with it. But I truly want to thank you.”
- Teena Gates, broadcast journalist, author & adventurer

"Adrian has developed and leads a finely crafted series of practical exercises to effectively embed basic key skills in navigation and hill walking. Adrian ensures that the course is safe and enjoyable yet constantly testing. The course gave me the confidence to develop and practice the skills in my own walks and I highly recommend Adrian as course leader. “
- John Hennessy

"I really enjoyed the day. Through the day information was well explained and time given to practice each skill. I found Adrian very pleasant and helpful – great leader. Very helpful information given before course and well organised.”
- Olivia Geraghty

“Adrian is a patient instructor and is thorough with his students, it was a very enjoyable day and I am confident that I grasped the compass and basic navigation skills, would recommend this.”
- Fiona O'Keeffe

“Two great days of learning under a skilful instructor, thank you. Well worth the time and money.”
- Malachy Fergus

“I really enjoyed MS1 and appreciate all the detailed and careful instruction. I feel better equipped to enjoy the mountains! Hope to meet again sometime on MS2!”
- Katherine Brooks

“Just back from two fantastic days with Adrian on a Mountain Skills 1 course. Really enjoyable. Looking forward to getting out on the hills to practice the skills learned.”
- Declan Doyle

“Thanks for two very enjoyable days. I am happy to recommend your Mountain Skills Course to anyone seeking a love of mountain walking in a safe, encouraging and environmentally friendly manner. I now feel much more confident in approaching my next mountain walk. I also believe I gained much from your almost one-to-one attention.”
- Denis Daly

“I really enjoyed your course Adrian and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Mountaineering Skills! I finally know where I am going all thanks to you!”
- Christine Mulligan

“It was a fantastic two days. I now have a renewed passion for the great outdoors. Thanks to you for your patient style of teaching. I can't wait to get out and about.”
- Phelim O'Neill

“As a total beginner I was a bit nervous about doing the course but I had nothing to fear. I had a fantastic weekend. Thanks a million for your patience and explaining everything so clearly. I'm delighted with what I have learned and I am ready to head off next weekend for some serious exploring!! You're a natural teacher! I'll be recommending this course to everyone.”
- Nuala Watters

“I completed MS1 and MS2 with Adrian, who is a very skilled and committed trainer, and goes the extra mile to ensure that all aspects of the course are thoroughly covered. Adrian is adept at evaluating the capabilities of each trainee through attention to detail and then setting exercises that will maximise the benefit of the course for each individual.”
- Frank O’Keeffe

"I enjoyed the Mountain Skills 1 immensely and feel proficient enough to tackle a relatively small solo climb. The course content and notes are outstanding and I would highly recommend Adrian as a tutor for anyone who wants to come away confident and enthused to go out on their own and try a hike that they have not done before. Congratulations to Adrian for a very well organised, informative and varied weekend."
- Treasa Earls

"Just wanted to say thank you for your patience and good humour on the MS1 course over the weekend. I will have to get out over the summer to practice all that we've learned. It was very enjoyable and we learned loads."
- Susan Hill

“Just completed MS1 course with Adrian and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Adrian is a great teacher and helped bring the map and compass to life for this fair weather hill-walker! No longer will the compass remain in the bottom of the bag gathering dust as with a bit more practice, if the need arises, I will feel confident to use it .The map has now become a 3D instrument as Adrian explains how you use it to prove your position and plot your course with pinpoint accuracy .It is easy to see the contours come to life in front of you! I would recommend Adrian to anyone who is interested in the learning more about the great outdoors.”
- Aidan Connolly

"Thanks for the navigation course it came in a lot of use on Lug last weekend in bad visibility. The course covered just the right amount of information giving me confidence to go out and practice the skills I learnt without being overloaded with information. “
- Laura Doolin

“Thanks very much for all your help in learning how to be safe on the mountains. It was a fun two days and I learnt an awful lot over such a short piece of time. Your help and patience is much appreciated.”
- Kathleen Cussen

"I had a great time and was impressed by your work." - Denis Bates

"Thanks for an excellently formatted and instructed weekend." - Mark Russell

"I really enjoyed the course. Can't wait to hit the hills soon again and practice the many skills you taught us." - John Egan

"Thank you for the course. Through your knowledge & influence, you have helped me achieve the goal I set myself in attending this MS1 course." - David Abanda

"The course was very enjoyable! Feeling much more capable already." - Cian Lynch

"I really enjoyed the weekend and definitely have the mountain skills now. It was great fun." - Anne-Marie Scott

"You were a great tutor, very patient and made everyone feel relaxed and really explained everything in great detail." - Sheila Galway

"A very big thank you for the Mountain Skills 1 course. It was all I had hoped and more. I got a solid base in how to use a map and compass properly, and how to find my location and a route by reading the landscape. Your good humour, patience, and above all your learning-by-doing approach worked wonders. I also appreciated how you advanced the content to suit by our group’s progress - which was pretty good I thought." - Patrick Kinsella

"Thank you for the patience on the course. I learnt a lot and really enjoyed the weekend." - Iwona Malicka

"Just to say thanks again for a really good course - you went beyond the syllabus and made sure we came away with some very valuable skills. Am looking forward to putting some of my new skills into practice!" - Triona Casey

"Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know that I just passed my MSA!" - Sadhbh Quinn

"I really enjoyed the course and feel I learned a lot. Just need to put it into practice now!" - Fiona Sweeney

"Adrian's practical teaching approach brought the theory to life in its natural habitat and provided a unique set of keys for unlocking the ways of navigation, map reading, 4D's, contours, features, pacing, flora, geology and much more. I truly enjoyed the MS1 and cannot wait to practice the skills over the coming weeks and months." - Gudmund Krogsrud

"Just letting you know I just passed my MSA in kerry here, thanks again for the training, on to mountain leader training now in march!" - Neil Kelly

"Thanks a mill Adrian...learnt a lot on the two days!!!" - Sheila Kilduff

"Thanks again for all your tuition over the weekend - no doubt it will prove invaluable over the coming months and years. Thanks also for your patience and willingness to explain things many times over." - Ken Taylor

"Thank you for a very enjoyable weekend. I've learned an awful lot and the group was really nice. I'll go practice next Sunday, hopefully without getting L O S T! I definitely learned to be more observant and to pay attention to details." - Solenn Ryan

"Just wanted to thank you for the MS1 course. It was extremely well planned and laid out. The time and attention you gave each of us was great and really gave us a sense of confidence in our own abilities at the end of it all." - Brian Loughney

"I had a mix of nerves and excitement which soon turned to a shared, relaxed and friendly outdoor learning experience I will find hard to forget. A captivating range of exercises, with practice, will I'm sure arm me with the skills and confidence I would need if the mountain environment threw its worst at me.Thank you for a fantastic weekend." - Neil Jarvis

"I have just completed MS1 with Adrian. Excellent teaching style, really drilled in the key learning points. Ratio of 6:1 was perfect. Adrian was very conscientious of ensuring that everyone in the group grasped a clear understanding of skills and theory. Course was very enjoyable and will be going back for MS2." - Padraig O'Flynn