Helping you learn from home to maximise your time out in the mountains.

Online learning to help develop essential skills.

Support for candidates working towards Mountain Training qualifications.


How to prepare for a Mountain Training assessment

Hi, I’m Kath

I'm Kath James and I run Mountain Expertise, a guiding and instructional business based in North Wales. 

I have 20 years of experience of working in the outdoor industry as an instructor and 12 years of that was spent at Plas y Brenin, the National Outdoor Centre. I have been working on Mountain Training qualification courses since 2006 and work as a trainer, assessor and course director on all levels of courses from Hill Skills to Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor courses. As a result, I have a good background in attending training and assessments myself as a candidate - most when I was in my 20's and some more recently whilst juggling work and family life. I am interested in what helps people do well and progress on these pathways.

Winter Mountaineering & Climbing Instruction
Professional Development & Mentoring

Professional development & mentoring for mountaineering, walking and climbing instructors.

What people think...

"It’s really good, easy to follow and understand. This will be helpful for a lot of people! Loved the examples, as it allows people to relate and see that other people feel similar. Definitely going to use most of it to work towards my next MT qualification! " Marlies

"I've just completed the Winter Navigation online course and wanted to say how good I thought it was - lots of interesting points and tips that I hadn't heard before. I hope you do more like this:)" David