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  Mountain Leader Award Assessment

Location:

Snowdonia

Cost:

£375 per person

Duration:

5 days

Max. Ratio:

1:4

The Mountain Leader Award is a nationally recognised qualification that is administered by Mountain Training and is the most established award in the Mountain Training course structure. It is specifically aimed at the British mountains where technical ground and the unpredictability of the weather make our beautiful mountains potentially dangerous and demand competent and confident leaders.

The award is held in high regard by a huge variety of both commercial and voluntary sector outdoor providers, and is seen as a benchmark for established walkers and mountaineers.

Our Mountain Leader assessments cover all aspects of the award. To help candidates prepare thoroughly we issue a home study paper and comprehensive joining instructions with lots of suggested reading, links to videos and other material to help candidates become thoroughly conversant with all aspects of the syllabus.

Course Dates

Mon 20 – Fri 24 May 2019
Mon 29 Jul – Fri 2 Aug
Mon 23 – Fri 27 Sept
Sat 9 – Wed 13 Nov

Bespoke Dates and locations

If there are four or more of you that would like a Mountain Leader Assessment course, and you would prefer some different dates or a different venue, please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Course Format

The Mountain Leader assessment course is largely practical in nature although, in addition to the home study paper, we undertake several theoretical exercises. There is significant emphasis on navigation and party leadership to deliver a safe and enjoyable hill experience.

Day 1 – Introductions you, us and the course, followed by a hill day looking at navigation skills.

Day 2 – Hill day concentrating on leadership and group management on steep ground, including use of the rope.

Day 3 – 5 – Expedition. We will journey through a remote area looking at expedition skills and plenty of navigation. There will be ample opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge of the environment, history and mythology. On one of the evenings we will undertake a night navigation exercise.

Once we have finished and are munching a well deserved cake and celebratory cuppa we will have results and individual feedback sessions.

Detailed guidance notes on the syllabus are available here.

Meeting Point

The course will meet at 09:00 in Capel Curig (LL24 0EL).

Equipment

You will need to bring all the equipment you need for multiple consecutive days in the mountains. A full kit list with recommendations is contained in the joining instructions.

Recommended Reading

We give a few suggestions below, but more detailed suggestions together with a host of helpful links and videos are contained in our Mountain Leader Assessment Joining Instructions.

The official handbook of Mountain Training’s walking schemes is:
Mountain Training handbook – Volume 1. Hillwalking. Steve Long. Mountain Training.

Other useful reference sources are:
Nature of Snowdonia. A beginners guide to the upland environment. Mike Raine. Peseda Press
Hostile Habitats – Scotland’s Mountain Environment. A hillwalkers guide to the landscape and wildlife. Scottish Mountaineering Trust.
Mountain Training Association have some useful ELearning modules (available once you have registered) on Planning a walk, Mountain Geology and Mountain weather.

Accommodation

Most Beyond the Edge courses are non-residential to allow you to select between a thermarest or 5 star hotel as you require. There are literally thousands of accommodation options in Snowdonia from uber luxurious 5 star Spa hotels to campsites and everything in between.

Popular options (apart from the club huts) nearby include The Rocks hostel and the Tyn y Coed Hotel in Capel Curig. Bryn Llewellyn Guest house in Betws-y-Coed. Youth Hostels in Ogwen, Betws y Coed, Pen-y-pass, Llanberis and Nant Gwynant and the Dol Gam camp site which benefits from being within walking distance of a pub.

If you are struggling to find something try Snowdonia Tourist Information or Betws-y-Coed tourist information

If you want a hand booking something or want something special, contact the office and we will endeavour to assist.

Fitness/Training

You require sufficient fitness to spend 5 days walking in mountainous terrain, and have plenty spare to cope with any emergencies within the group. Three of these days will be with overnight camping equipment.

Eligibility

In order to attend a ML assessment course you must meet the following requirements:

    1. Be registered specifically for the ML scheme with Mountain Training.
    2. Have attended a ML training course or hold an exemption certificate from Mountain Training.
    3. Be at least 18 years old.
    4. Have completed a minimum of 40 days walking in mountains (and ideally recorded them on DLOG).
    5. Hold an up to date 16 hour first aid certificate relevant to working away from habitation.

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