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Mountain Leader Training
The syllabus is covered in a practical way out in the mountains and supported by evening lectures. An example itinerary is outlined below but the weather will dictate to some extent the order in which aspects will be covered.
Day 1: Introduction to the Mountain Leader scheme and a mountain day focussing on navigation techniques, paying particular attention to micro navigation. The evening lecture will look at weather and how it effects our leadership decisions.
Day 2: We will begin by looking at the weather to aid our planning and then head out for a mountain day. We will cover a variety of terrain looking at group management skills as well as navigation, group and leader equipment. The evening lecture will focus on basic rope work skills in preparation for hazards of steep ground tomorrow.
Day 3: The focus of today will be on group management and hazards of steep ground. We will look at protecting party members in ascent and descent. The evening lecture will focus on legal aspects of leading groups in the mountains and the responsibilities of a Mountain Leader.
Day 4: Today’s mountain day will be a chance to put everything together, making sound decisions about group management and navigation in complicated terrain. The evening will be spent preparing for tomorrow’s camp.
Days 5 and 6: This involves a mini expedition with a night navigation practise and overnight wild camp. We will continue to look at group management and navigation as well as mountain safety, emergency procedures and water hazards. We will finish the week with individual debriefs and make sure that you leave the course feeling confident about how to go about preparing for assessment.
Throughout the week there will be a strong focus on environmental issues and many chances to recap and hone your skills.
5th-7th and 18th-20th May (modular course)
PRE-REQUISITES FOR MOUNTAIN LEADER TRAINING
- Have at least 12 months experience in hill walking.
- Have logged at least 20 quality days walking in the mountains.
- Be at least 18 years of age.
- Have registered with Mountain Training (www.mountain-training.org).
- More information on the above can be found from Mountain Training.
COST £325 non residential
MOUNTAIN LEADER ASSESSMENT
An example itinerary is outlined below but the weather will dictate to some extent the order in which aspects can be covered.
Day 1: We will begin by introducing the week then head out into the mountains with the focus being micro navigation, flora and fauna and weather interpretation.
Day 2: This will be a journey through mountainous terrain in which route finding, group management and emergency use of the rope will be assessed.
Days 3-5: During this time we will be out on expedition. We will travel through mountainous areas focussing on navigation (including bad visibility), group management, expedition skills, incidents in the mountains and water hazards.
There will be individual debriefs at the end of the week.
15th-16th and 28th-30th September (modular course)
PRE-REQUISITES FOR ML ASSESSMENT
- You must have attended a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption).
- You must be familiar with the syllabus.
- You must have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK and Ireland.
- You must hold a current first aide certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Mountain Leader.
- You must have logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping.
COST £325 non residential
Please contact Freedom Outdoors for more information on our Mountain Leader Assessment, North Wales, or to discuss your requirements and make a booking.