Mountain leader training course

Mountain leader training course

Mountain leader training course

Mountain leader training course

Mountain leader training course

Mountain Leader Accommodation Spruce Dene

Mountain Leader training course

Mountain Leader training course description

Why do your Mountain Leader training with Climb365?

We base our courses in the heart of the Lake District fells and aim to spend as much time as possible in the mountains rather than in a classroom.
Our courses are very practically based with an emphasis on learning through experience and doing.

We do a 3-day, 2-night expedition.  A lot of providers only do one-night wild camp.  We have found that investing our time in your course and doing two nights camping expedition enables you to learn vastly more.  The feedback from our clients is always how beneficial this has been for them.

Our course accommodation is based at “Spruce Dene”, this is a dedicated training facility based near Windermere.

It is part of Great Tower Scout and is a great building in lovely grounds just south of Bowness on Windermere. It’s a brilliant comfortable venue for our Mountain Leader training courses.

The accommodation is available from 4 pm on the evening before the course. This enables you to arrive and get settled in ready for the course to start the next morning.  The accommodation is self-catering and has a kitchen.

Course Info

All our staff are highly qualified (MIC or MIA) and have many years’ experience of running ML courses as well as working with a wide variety of groups, clients and young people in the outdoors.

The course will cover the Mountain Leader training course syllabus of the Mountain Training scheme and is a Mountain Training recognised and approved.

We run our Mountain Leader training course with a 3-day 2-night expedition to include 2-night navigation exercises. We believe this gives more scope for learning and consolidation than a shorter expedition would allow.

There will be practical, discussion-based or lecture sessions on the first two evenings.

The courses will start at 9.00 a.m on the first day and finish at tea time (around 4 pm) on the last day.

We do have a friendly dog on our courses called “fly”, if you do not like dog’s please let us know and we won’t bring him along.

Mountain Training registration

You must be registered with Mountain Training to do this course.  You must create an account with Mountain Training and register on the scheme.  The best way to do this is on the Mountain Training Website. Sometimes candidates don’t realise that they need to create an account and also register on the chosen scheme.

This video clip runs through all the steps to being registered.

To register and attend the Mountain Leader Training course you must have a minimum of 20 quality Mountain Days logged in your Dlog.  These must be in your Dlog before the course starts, if you do not get these in your Dlog you will “not complete” the course and you will then have to apply for “exemption from training” which incurs a Mountain Training fee.

Course programme

Mountain Leader training course

Day 1

Meet 9.00am
Group Introductions and course welcome.
We aim to be on the hills as soon as possible.
Day 1 is an introduction to navigation focusing on contour interpretation.
We also look at what you should carry as a group leader on the hill and party management.
Evening lecture: Mountain weather

Day 2

Security on steep ground.
We look at route choice over steep ground, party management, emergency rope use and group leadership skills.
Evening lecture: Access and Conservation

Day 3

a.m. River crossing
p.m. Expedition preparation. Tents, stoves, food, clothing, route planning with emergency escape routes.
Packing our sacks ready for the 3-day expedition.
Although a 2-day expedition is all that is required for the “MT” we believe a 3-day expedition gives you a much better experience and allows more skill consolidation.

Day 4

3 day 2 night expedition using 1:25000, 1:50000 & 1:40000 maps
Day and night navigation.
We aim to cover:
use of compass and bearings, timing and pacing to estimate distance covered, contour interpretation, navigation techniques, night navigation, poor visibility navigation, camp craft, first aid emergency scenarios, group leadership, steep ground route choice and party management.

Day 5

Day and night navigation on the expedition

Day 6

Return from the expedition to arrive back by lunchtime for brunch.
Individual debriefs and assessment preparation plan.


The course will finish at about 4 pm.

6 days

Mon 28th Oct to Sat 2nd November 2019

Total course cost is £420 non-residential for the 6-day course 2019

Total course cost is £455 for the 6-day course 2019

This includes self-catering accommodation on the Mon, Tues and Wed eve.

Thursday and Friday eve we are out wild camping on the Three-day, two-night expedition.

We normally finish off the week at a cafe for a full breakfast/brunch, well nearly at lunchtime but it always tastes great!

You can simply book online and fill in the booking form all in one go.

We use world pay to make things safe and as easy as possible for you.

Once you have booked online, you will receive a confirmation email for your booking with all the arrangements for your course.

If you would like to email or chat please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For this course, you must be registered with the MT and fulfil the experience requirements of 20 quality mountain days.
The MT can be contacted on 01690 720314 or go to their website

The Climb365 team are so positive, professional and passionate about training. I immediately felt welcome and fully engaged in the course; they’ll encourage and support you all the way.

Richard, April 2019
Hi Stuart I wanted to thank you again for a fantastic training last week. I really learnt a lot from both you and Andy. The expedition was great, the perfect balance of relaxed atmosphere but plenty of learning opportunity. I enjoyed having input from 2 trainers, was good to learn differently from the 2 of you. Many thanks again Pete
Pete, March 2015
Hi, I just wanted to drop you an email to say how great the training course was. I can’t wait to get out on my own and practice the skills. Thanks again!
John, 2014
Dear Stuart, thanks for my ML Training course in which you helped me to develop my knowledge of hill walking techniques, navigation, river crossing, rope work, camp craft and crucially how to safely lead groups in the mountains. I’ve lost count of the valuable snippets of knowledge I have picked up from you! I’m feeling confident and looking forward to my undertaking my assessment with you after developing my log book and experience further. The breakfast in Ambleside after three days camping in the fells was a fitting end to a fun, informative and mentally/physically stimulating week. Thanks again. Mark,
Lead Teacher PE / D of E Coordinator
Mark, 2014