Movement Masterclasses in the Lake District

Three walkers descending a rocky slope - Chris Ensoll Mountain Guide

Two foundational aspects of being a mountain leader are your ability to navigate around the mountains and to move around with confidence on a wide variety of terrain. Teaching people how to move well in the mountains and how to pass on that knowledge is one of my big passions. This masterclass is an in-depth look at personal movement techniques - how to walk safely and efficiently in all kinds of terrain, and how to pass this on to others. Open to Mountain Leader trainees and award holders, Lowland Leader trainees and award holders, and anyone with comparable personal experience.

Venue: meet at the Stickle Ghyll car park, Langdale valley, Lake District

Dates: see the Masterclasses section on our online calendar

Times: 9.30am to 4pm approx

Cost: £55 Mountain Training Association members, £60 non-members

Counts as 1 CPD point for MTA members who are Mountain Leaders or trainees

Equipment list:
All the usual personal kit for a full day out in the mountains

Useful blog posts:
Why Do Hill Walkers and Mountaineers Need Movement Coaching?

What do our clients say about us?

It became clear that when the ground got steeper or more difficult or where the consequences of falling were more serious, I unconsciously changed my stance, posture and technique for the worse and unwittingly made life much more difficult for myself. Chris introduced various concepts such as dynamic balance which made it much easier to travel over steeper ground more quickly, using less energy and with a lower likelihood of slipping. For the descent, most importantly for me, we looked at how to reduce stress on the knees. I have been a DofE Leader for nearly 10 years and I think this CPD day was very useful not only for me as an individual but for anyone who wants to pass on a love of walking and scrambling in the hills to others. I now have a lot to work on and I only wish the course had been longer than just one day.
Nigel Sharma, October 2015

An enormous thank you to Chris for an absolutely outstanding day.  I really enjoyed myself whilst learning so much.  Chris is delightfully provocative and encouraging, we all pushed our boundaries a little further out, a natural mentor through his boundless acronyms, anecdotes and little challenges, and his wisdom on the psychology and mechanics of movement has genuinely made me stop and rethink.  A fascinating subject demonstrated and delivered expertly through a gem of a workshop. Brilliant. 
Simon Carter, May 2017

Just a quick word of thanks for the movement coaching. It really came into its own throughout the West Highland Way. Whenever I found myself tiring it was just because I was not following the basic rules you drilled in - keeping the upper body steady, engaging core, using hips and moving quietly and strong. It is a continuous process of un-learning. Whenever I found myself doing something wrong, particularly in descent, I'd imagine the rocks on the back of my hand - and that sorted it all out. Since we were walking with a group, I actually found it quite disturbing how noisily others were walking, which made me even more determined to pad along quietly. It also made me very confident in my new abilities when it came to very broken and steep ground in the final 6 or 7km of Loch Lomond - none of it particularly consequential, but infinitely more sure and pleasurable when moving correctly. So thank you Chris - you have made my walking and leading a much more enjoyable process.
Craig Sawyers, October 2017

A very enjoyable day, lots to learn and practice.
Ian Fogg, May 2018

a group of mountaineers ascending a rocky path - Chris Ensoll Mountain Guide