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Mountain Tracks, the guided mountain adventure specialist, is expanding its summer offering to include a series of alpine skills weekends in the UK.

The New Alpine Skills weekend hosted in North Wales will be the first UK-based Mountain Tracks course and aims to provide an introduction to mountaineering skills for those keen to learn more about the alpine environment.

"We're really excited to develop the Mountain Tracks summer offering and create the opportunity for aspiring mountaineers to develop their skill-set closer to home in the UK," General Manager at Ski Club Freshtracks and Mountain Tracks, Jonny Cassidy, says.

"The courses are ideal for keen hikers looking to take their trekking to the next level and building the skills required for longer alpine trips and expeditions abroad."

The entry-level course requires no previous climbing experience, although a basic level of fitness and head for heights is recommended.

Mountain Tracks works with a core hub of guides, the majority of which hold the IFMGA Mountain Guides qualification and are members of the British Mountain Guides Association.

Over the weekend course the team of IFMGA Mountain Guides and Mountain Leaders will pass on their skills and knowledge and ensure participants have a fun, informative and safe experience.

"The series will also be a great fun option for outdoorsy team building or families with teenagers keen to learn something new together,"  Cassidy adds.

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The weekend itinerary will cover a variety of skills fromscrambling, hiking, climbing and roping-up and provides training advice on route navigation, decision-making, altitude acclimatisation, mountain safety, fitness and kit. 

Scheduled courses will run throughout the summer in May, June, July and August.

Independent dates can also be arranged for private groups of three or more people.

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The Mountain Tracks Alpine Skills weekend costs £375pp. 

It includes two days with highly skilled mountain guides and two nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis (twin-share).

A course-only price of £275pp is also available. 

Scheduled course dates commence: 26th May, 16th June, 7th July and 18th August, 2017.

Private group trips are available to book from early May until late September.

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Mountain Tracks offers trips that are suitable for everyone from alpine novices exploring the mountains for the first time to experienced skiers and mountaineers striving for the ultimate challenge.

Check out some more options here for a last minute trip this spring.

Better known for its core winter product Ski Club Freshtracks, Mountain Tracks was recently acquired by the Ski Club of Great Britain.

The new entry-level alpine skills course in the UK aims to expand the summer adventure options and make them more accessible.

Read more of the takeover here.

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