‘News’ Archive

Waterproof jackets:- a hole in the market?

In the beginning was the anorak…an outer garment pulled over the head with a kangaroo pouch pocket and made of various canvas materials, usually with some treatment to keep out the worst of the weather. The anorak was cut quite short and had a “frog” that passed between the legs and buttoned up to reduce […]

Sad Times

Covid has impacted all of us in one way or another, and 2020 has not been good for the Outdoor Adventure Industry. We at Hillwise have had to think hard about our core income streams and some things have had to go. We have decided, with great reluctance, to surrender our NNAS providership, so we […]

National Navigation Award Silver Course 29-30/03/19

A 2 day fully practical non-residential course on Dartmoor following the NNAS Silver syllabus and assessment criteria. Ideally you will have completed the NNAS bronze course already or be capable of completing tasks in the bronze syllabus (see www.nnas.org.uk). Please bring full waterproofs including gaiters, a packed lunch, and dress warmly. If you own a […]

Bronze National Navigation Award course 25-26/03/19

A chance to complete the introductory course of the National Navigation Award scheme, laying a firm foundation for your navigation learning. A great way to get started. The course concentrates on map orientation, judging distance and following linear features. To find out more email adrian@hillwise.co.uk or text to 07740983334

Review of PHD Tundra Jacket

PHD Tundra jacket review…….a study in evolution. Back in the day, back when I was young and short of cash Mountain Equipment produced the “Mountain Jacket” I should say THE Mountain Jacket. To my mind this garment was the bees knees able to compete with anything that is produced to this day. The jacket was […]

Courses in March 2017

We have an NNAS Bronze course running on the 13th and 14th of March (non-residential) at a cost of £60 per person. The 1st day will run from  Haytor lower car park and the second from Trendlebeare down car park (just past the cattle grid). Both days will be 9-5 with a little “Homework” overnight. […]

Upcoming courses

Our 2016 courses have been very busy so far, but there are a few vacancies left: Currently there are 2 places on our Navigation workshop on 29/02/16, a space on out Night Navigation workshop at Haytor on 11/03/16,  and 6 places on the Navigation Workshop at Cold East Cross on 11/04/16. Book now to avoid […]

Suzanne passes her Hill and Moorland Leader Award

Hillwise are pleased to announce that Suzanne Partridge last weekend passed her Hill and Moorland Leader Award, a Mountain Training qualification that allows her to lead groups on moorland and hills which don’t entail scrambling, ropes etc. This means she can now take a more active role in the business when required, as well as […]

Last Navigation Workshop of the Spring

Our last Navigation Workshop of the spring is on 11/05/15 at Venford Reservoir west car park. Cost as usual is £20 per person and it runs from 10am until 4pm. Telephone or email to book, it is already half full. Our Navigation workshops will then resume in early September for those who can’t make May! […]

Hill Skills course 16/03/15

We are running a  2 day introduction to the skills required for hillwalking: Clothing choice, route planning, navigation, safety, environment issues, we will cover them all. The course is accredited by Mountain Training England. The first day will involve a half day inside at Bellever YHA looking at the theory before getting out for a […]