TRAINING RATIO LOCATION Price
6 DAYS
1:6 (Maximum)
LAKES
£375 inc VAT

MOUNTAIN LEADER TRAINING COURSE

If you want to promote the safe enjoyment of the mountains, hills, and moorlands, our training provides the technical and group management skills required to lead groups in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

While on your ML Training, you will gain experience in a variety of testing conditions in the mountainous regions of the Lake District.

Set a standard for safety and good practice when leading your groups in the mountains – The Mountain Leader (ML) award is the benchmark qualification to lead people of any age.

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TRAINING COVERS

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

PRE-REQUISITES

Register

How do I register with the Mountain Leader scheme?

Once registered
  • You need to have at least twenty quality mountain days (QMD) logged on your online logbook (aka DLOG). – These days can be prior to your registration.

For more information please visit the ML Award FAQs page or see: Mountain Leader Training course Pre-Requisites

Upcoming Mountain Leader Training Course Dates

Sun 20

Mountain Leader Training – October 2019

20th Oct 2019 - 25th Oct 2019
Mar 08

Mountain Leader Training – March 2020

8th Mar 2020 - 13th Mar 2020
May 24

Mountain Leader Training – May 2020

24th May 2020 - 29th May 2020
Aug 09

Mountain Leader Training – August 2020

9th Aug 2020 - 14th Aug 2020
Sep 20

Mountain Leader Training – September 2020

20th Sep 2020 - 25th Sep 2020
Nov 07

Mountain Leader Training – November 2020

7th Nov 2020 - 12th Nov 2020

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ITINERARY

The following itinerary for the six-day Mountain Leader training is provisional and is dependent on the weather, access, and the learning requirements of candidates.

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DAY 1 • MOUNTAIN DAY:

  • 9:00 – Meet at Sam Sykes Ltd Head Quarters
  • Introductions and coffee
  • Course outline – the scope of the scheme, the role of the Mountain Leader, policies and
    procedures, plan for the course ahead.
  • 11:00 – Navigation skills (time of year dependent, walk into darkness)
  • Introduction to teaching navigation, use of compass, different map scales,
    navigation strategies, contour interpretation, mapping devices, GPS and smart
    phones.
  • 17:00 – Return to HQ for tea and cake
  • 17:30 – 19:00 – Mountain Weather

DAY 2 • MOUNTAIN DAY:

  • 9:00 – Meet at HQ
  • Mountain Day – Route choice and selection, group pace, group management,
    navigation techniques, mountain history, environment and education.
  • 17:00 – Return to HQ for tea and cake
  • 17.30 – 19:00 – Environment & Access Quiz

DAY 3 • ROPE WORK DAY:

  • 9:00 – Meet at HQ
  • Rope work day – emergency use of rope, belaying, building an anchor, abseiling
    and confidence roping.
  • River crossings, leaders pack, first aid, emergency procedures and remote
    supervision.
  • 17:00 – Return to HQ for tea and cake
  • 17.30 – 19:00 – Legal & the liability of the Leader

DAY 4 • MOUNTAIN DAY:

  • 9:00 – Meet at HQ
  • Mountain Day – steep ground journey day – route choice and timings, managing a
    group on steep ground, scenarios of looking after people on steep ground, both
    roped and unroped.
  • 3:00 – Return to HQ for tea and cake, and to prepare and pack for the expedition
  • 17.30 – 19:00 – Route planning

DAY 5 • EXPEDITION:

  • 9:00 – Meet at HQ
  • Ready for two-day expedition
  • Expedition Day – Expedition skills, poor vis navigation, re-location, looking after a
    group on expedition and camp craft skills.

DAY 6 • EXPEDITION:

  • 9:00 – Continue with expedition
  • 16:00 – Return to HQ
  • Debrief with an assessment preparation plan and close of course

Available Mountain Leader Course Dates

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Mountain Leader handbook

The Mountain training Handbook for the Mountain Leader scheme covers registration, training and assessment and is essential reading for any potential candidate.

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