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Welcome to the Hillwalking Adventure Skill. The nine stages of the Hill Walking Adventure Skills Badge, are designed to take a scout in progressive stages from their first footsteps hiking in the outdoors, right up to the level of qualified mountain leader, with winter mountaineering and altitude experience.

Scouting Ireland is being supported in the introduction of this scheme by Mountaineering Ireland (www.mountaineering.ie) the National Governing Body for Mountain Sports on the Island of Ireland. The  adventure skills badge is designed to dove-tail into the Mountain Leader Training Board ‘Mountain skills’ award post achieving level 7, and then to parallel develop the scouts personal experience through levels 8 and 9 of the adventure skills badge and their leadership experience through the Mountain Leader Training Scheme.

The Hillwalking Adventure badge stage  are much broader then any previous Hiking and Hillwalking Badges and incorporate 9 major elements, some or all of which are examined at each stage.

  1. Navigation Ability
  2. Mountain Camping
  3. Food & Nutrition
  4. Mountain Weather
  5. Gear & Equipment
  6. Emergency Situations & First Aid
  7. Leave No Trace
  8. Log Book of all activities
  9. Taking responsibility for a ‘leg’, hike, overnight, weekend or Expedition depending on the stage that you are at

At stages 8 & 9 this is expanded to include

  • Steep Ground
  • Winter Mountaineering
  • Mountaineering at Altitude
  • Safety & Assessment

It is very important that the introduction to Adventure skills at the front of the large (A4) adventure skills manual be read before starting on any of these activities. Although the concept of scouting may be to ‘do your best’, in awarding the adventure skills it is very important that every aspect of each competency statement is demonstrated and assessed by a skilled individual. It is important to use the larger (A4) adventure skills manual along with the additional notes on this website to ensure that each scout has met the skills requirement for each competency statement.

The log book below is an essential additional resource that you should start using from the very beginning of your adventures.

Finally good luck and happy trails to you as you start a journey that may well take you from low Irish Hills, to the Irish Munroe’s, to the wilds of the Scottish 4000 foot peaks, and then on to the Alps and perhaps one day the Himalaya and other remote mountain ranges.

 

 

Log book in Excel

Clarifications to the requirements

 

Detailed Adventure Skills Stages Requirements

Please see the clarifications document above before enbarking on, or assessing the hillwalking adventure skills

   
Stage 1 I can pack my rucksack for a day hike
  I know what to wear and what extras I need to bring on a hike
  I know what food to bring on a hike
  I know how to behave sefely while hiking
  I can read a simple map
  I can point out and name the main features of a map
  I can be responsible for myself while we are hiking
  I can recognise the main distress signals
  I know the buddy system
  I understand why I should follow directions from an instructor
  I have atttended at least two hikes
   
Stage 2 I know what gear I need depending on the weather
  I know why you bring certain foods and drinks on hikes
  I can point out the main parts of the compass
  I know how to get help if someone is hurt
  I can point out the different symbols and colours on a map and I know what they mean
  I can be a responsible member of my team while we are hiking
  I can get a weather forecast
  I have attended at least three hikes
   
Stage 3 I know how to treat simple cuts and scratches
  I know why you bring certain clothing on hikes
  I know the main principles of LNT
  I know how to cross boggy ground
  I know how and when to use the main distress signals
  I can use a compass to find direction
  I can point out features on a map
  I can be responsible for myself and aware of my surroundings while hiking
  I can follow a route on an orienteering map
  I have attended at least three hiking activities and have been on the top of a mountain
   
Stage 4 I know how to pack a rucksack for weekend hikes
  I can care for all my personal hiking equipment
  I know what team equipment to bring and why
  I know how to treat simple sprains and blisters
  I know the different emergency services that are available and how and when to call them
  I can follow our route on a map and find the main points using a compass
  I can be responsible for younger members of my team while we are hiking
  I have led a leg of a hike
  I have attended three hikes including an overnight
   
Stage 5 I know the potential dangers of weather on hiking
  I know how to pack a rucksack for a hillwalking expedition
  I know when to cross a river and some different methods of crossing
  I know all about the LNT principles
  I know the main principles of navigating using a map and compass
  I can complete and use a route card
  I can be an active member of my team while hiking
  I have taken part in three hikes
  I have taken part in a two night hike in the mountains, based out of one campsite
  I have written a log for at least two of these activities
   
Stage 6 I know the causes and how to recognise and treat hypothermia, hyperthermia, sunstroke, dehydration and asthma, or anything medically relevant to my team
  I know the limitations of my team
  I know the limitations of the compass and other navigation tools
  I can use a compass and map to find my position
  I know what group emergency equipment we should carry, and how to use it
  I can be responsible for myself and my team while hiking
  I can plan and lead a hike
  I have taken part in at least 6 hiking activities, 4 of which should be over 800m
  I have taken part in a 2 night hike in the mountains, including a low and high camp
  I have written logs for all of these activities
   
Stage 7 I can organise the transport required for an activity
  I can budget for team hikes
  I know how to assess risk and be aware of group safety
  I know how to deal with mountain hazards
  I can plan escape routes
  I can navigate at night, in poor visibility, and do micro-navigation
  I have planned and led 1 hike without a Scouter
  I have participated in at least 5 hikes between 800m and 1300m and 1 over 1300m
  I have taken part in an unaccompanied but supervised 2 night hike in the mountains including a low and high camp
  I have written logs for all of these activities
  I have a logbook detailing at least 30 hikes and expeditions that I have undertaken
   
Stage 8 I have an outdoor First Aid certificate
  I know how to safeguard others on steep ground
  I know how to use a rope on difficult terrain
  I can set up a simple belay
  I can lead a hiking adventure
  I know the procedure to be followed in the event of an accident
  I have taken part in at least 6 hillwalking adventures over 1000m and 1 over 2250m
  I can take responsibility for our group on a hiking adventure
  I have taken part in an unaccompained but supervised 2 night hike in the mountains outside the island of Ireland
  I have written logs for all of these activities
   
Stage 9 I know what equipment is required for various types of hillwalking expeditions, and the correct use and care of the equipment
  I can navigate accurately and safely over the Irish mountains in any type of weather, and at night
  I can assess risk and take appropriate action to ensure safety
  I can practice basic winter mountaineering skills
  I can create an exciting expedition while catering for everyone's needs
  I can budget, prepare and manage every aspect of the expedition
  I have a logbook detailing at least 20 hikes and expeditions that I have undertaken since stage 7
  I have taken part in an expedition to 3250m
  I can be responsible for other in various situations on the mountains