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  Mountain Leader Award Training

Location:

Snowdonia

Cost:

£375 per person

Duration:

6 days

Max. Ratio:

1:6

The Summer Mountain Leader Award is the most established award in the Mountain Training course structure. It is also arguably the most useful, as its remit allows the holder to operate in summer conditions on any mountain walking terrain within the United Kingdom.

Beyond the Edge are one of the UKs most experienced providers of Mountain Training courses and they are both highly informative and run by hugely experienced trainers. Importantly in our opinion, they are also fun and run in a friendly manner. We take great pride in the very high percentage of individuals who return for further courses.

The Mountain Leader training course is a great opportunity to be brought up to date on current best practice, and swap ideas with other like-minded people and boost your confidence even if you don’t want to work in the outdoors. At the end of the course you will receive detailed feedback on any areas that you may need to improve on together with an action plan and a realistic timetable to assessment.

We run the course in several different ways to try and match peoples availability. We make use of the two May bank holidays and also run courses over 3 weekends to reduce the amount of time you might have to take off work. On these split date courses you need to attend all elements to complete the training.

Mountain Leader Training Course Dates

Sat 6 – Thu 11 Apr 2019
Sat 4 – Mon 6 & Sat 25 – Mon 27 May Split Course
Sun 23 – Fri 28 June
Sat 13- Sun 14 & Sat 27 – Sun 28 Jul & Sat 3-Sun 4 Aug Split Course
Mon 23 – Sun 29 Sept

Bespoke Dates & Locations

If there are four or more of you that want Mountain Leader training, and you would like some different dates or locations please contact the office and we will arrange some dates to suit your diary.

Course Format

The Mountain Leader training course is largely practical in nature, although we will use the evenings that we are not under canvas to cover theoretical aspects and develop a personal action plan that will take you to assessment. Over the 6 days, the course covers:

  • Navigation in good and bad weather and / or at night.
  • Group management
  • Expedition skills including expedition planning
  • Managing hazards, including security on steep ground
  • Access, conservation and wider environmental knowledge
  • Emergency procedures

On a two date split course, the first three days are spent in the Peak District and the second set of three days are in N Wales.
On a three date split course the first two days are spent in the Peak District, the second two days in the Lake District and the final two days in Snowdonia.

Detailed guidance notes on the syllabus are available here.

Equipment

You will need to bring all the equipment you need for multiple consecutive days in the mountains. Robust footwear and high quality waterproofs are absolutely essential. A suggested kit list together with some top tips and links to gear reviews are 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 Training Joining Instructions.
The Mountain Leader Award Handbook contains all the details of the syllabus, the remit of the award and a skills check list. This Handbook can be downloaded from the Mountain Training website.The official handbook of Mountain Training’s walking schemes is:
Mountain Training handbook – Volume 1. Hillwalking. Steve Long. Mountain Training.

Accommodation

This Beyond the Edge course is 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 the Peak District, Lake District and Snowdonia from luxurious 5 star Spa hotels to campsites and everything in between.

In the Peak District we we recommend The Sir William which offers BtE clients a discounted rate and we often start courses from here. There are other local pubs, B&B’s and also YHA’s in the villages of Hathersage, Eyam and Castleton. Popular campsites include North Lees under Stanage Edge and Pindale Farm

Popular options (apart from the club huts) in Snowdonia 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.

On the split course in the Lakes we will camp overnight on the Saturday so no accommodation is required.

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 6 days walking, two days of which will be with overnight camping equipment. Regular full days of hillwalking is the best preparation, which also increases your skill level.

Eligibility

In order to attend a Mountain Leader training course you must meet the requirements listed below. You can however book beforehand and we will help guide you through the process.

    1. Be registered for the Mountain Leader scheme with Mountain Training before attending a training course. (See below)
    2. Be at least 18 years old.
    3. Have a minimum of 12 months hill walking experience.
    4. Have an interest in the leadership of groups in the hills.
    5. Have completed a minimum of 20 days walking in mountains (and ideally recorded them on DLOG)
Registration with Mountain Training

This is relatively straightforward and can be completed online at:
www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader
Here you can also find short videos explaining the award and other useful resources.

Please note you must register with Mountain Training specifically for the Mountain Leader scheme, in addition to other awards you may have registered for.

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