Course Itinerary – Mountain Leader Training

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

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