Mountain Leader

Overview

The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for people who want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you’ll never look back (unless you’re checking your group’s still there!).

Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country with all sorts of groups of people; from scouts and schoolchildren to outdoor instructors and OAPs. The award is what you make it and there are countless opportunities for passionate Mountain Leaders.


What it’s all about?

This award trains and assesses candidates in the skills required to lead hill walking groups in summer conditions on mountainous routes not requiring the planned use of a rope. Established in 1964, this was the first award created.

Mountain Leaders should be competent in the following key areas, all of which will be covered, to a greater or lesser extent, during your six day training course.

  • Group management
  • Navigation
  • Access and the environment
  • Hazards (including steep ground and rivers) and emergency procedures
  • Equipment
  • Expedition skills
  • Weather
  • Background knowledge

Each area of the syllabus will be covered in detail empowering you to get out and feel confident that you can deliver a safe, enjoyable experience for a wide range of participants.


There are four stages in the scheme;

  1. Attend a six day training course
  2. Complete a consolidation period to increase your experience and knowledge.
  3. Attend and complete an assessment course.
  4. Continue to stay current and up to date

Who’s it for?

The Mountain Leader is suitable for a wide range of applications; the ML is the benchmark outdoor qualification. It is suitable for Outdoor instructors, teachers, DofE leaders and voluntary leaders like the cadets or scouts.

Prerequisites and Registration

The prerequisites for registration are as follows:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the hills

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

  1. Create an account on our Candidate Management System or log in if you already have one.
  2. Register for the Mountain Leader scheme (this costs £44)

In order to register successfully you must be a member of a mountaineering council (the British Mountaineering Council, Mountaineering Council of Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland).


Before you book onto a Mountain Leader training course, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must be registered on the scheme
  • You must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Mountain Days (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)

More detailed information can be found in the Mountain Leader handbook

Training Course Details

Non-Residential Cost – £350.00

The Mountain Leader Training course is set over 6 consecutive days based in North Wales. Covering all aspects of the syllabus as set out in the handbook. Delivered by our team of passionate and professional instructors who are all experienced in the delivery of the course and working within the scope of the Mountain Leader scheme.


Residential Cost – £450.00

The Residential includes Self Catering accommodation in a modern bunkhouse deep in the heart of Snowdonia.


Course Program

DayMorningDaytimeEvening
1Start 9am
Introductions
Mountain NavigationMountain weather
Leaders Equipment
2Legal ResponsibilitiesMountain Leadership Environmental knowledge Access and conservationD-log
Ropes and knots
3Background KnowledgeSecurity on steep groundExpedition packing
4Leave bunkhouseExpedition Skills
Mountain Navigation & leadership
Night Navigation & Wild Camp
5Emergency proceduresExpedition Skills
Mountain Navigation & leadership
Night Navigation & Wild Camp
6Leave CampMountain Navigation & leadership River crossings
Debriefs

Finish 5pm

Course Close

We will aim to finish by 5pm on the final day to allow time for people to travel home.


Consolidation

The period between training and assessment varies in length for each person and is an opportunity to develop your skills, paying particular attention to any weaknesses identified during the training course. You can use the excuse ‘I’m preparing for assessment’ to have as many mountain adventures as you like, so get out there and explore this beautiful country of ours!


Kit List

You will need the following items as a minimum for the course…

  • Walking boots – Waterproof with good tread and ankle support.
  • Personal hill/mountain clothing sufficient for 6 days
  • A small day rucksack 20-40 litre
  • Watch (with a digital stopwatch) not just a phone
  • A compass (Silva type 4 or similar)
  • 1:25000 OS map of Snowdonia Explorer OL 17
  • 1:50000 OS map of Snowdonia Landranger 115
  • Maps should be laminated or in a small map case.
  • Large expedition rucksack 60-80 litres
  • Tent, Sleeping Bag, Roll Matt or thermorest, Stove, Expedition food for Three days and Two Nights
  • Climbing Helmet
  • A 30 Meter 8-9mm thick climbing rope

N.B. A full kit list will be provided when you book your course

Assessment Course Details

Non-Residential Cost £350.00

Option 1 – 5 Day Mountain Leader Assessment Course based in North Wales.
Option 2– Split over 2 weekends

Covering all aspects of the syllabus as set out in the handbook. Delivered by our team of passionate and professional instructors, who are all experienced in the delivery of the course and working within the scope of the Mountain Leader scheme.


Residential Cost £440.00

The residential includes Self Catering accommodation in a modern bunkhouse deep in the heart of Snowdonia.


DayMorningDaytimeEvening
1Start 9am
Introductions
Mountain NavigationMountain weather
Leaders Equipment
2Legal ResponsibilitiesMountain Leadership Environmental knowledge Access and conservationD-log
Ropes and knots
3Background KnowledgeSecurity on steep groundExpedition packing
4Leave bunkhouseExpedition Skills
Mountain Navigation & leadership
Night Navigation & Wild Camp
5Emergency proceduresExpedition Skills
Mountain Navigation & leadership
Night Navigation & Wild Camp
6Leave CampMountain Navigation & leadership River crossings
Debriefs

Finish 5pm

Dates / Availability



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