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 consolidating skills acquired.
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 candidates is always how beneficial this has been for them.
To enable as much time as possible in the Mountains we offer all our courses non-residentially. This means we get out in the hills quicker and spend more time consolidating and practising the skills learned.
All courses are based in and around the village of Ambleside and we would encourage candidates to find accommodation in or near to Ambleside. We find most will meet up for a meal and drink in the evening to share ideas, lessons learned from the day.
All our staff are highly qualified (Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors or Mountaineering and Climbing Instructors ) and have many years’ experience of running Mountain Leader 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 recognized 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.
For the purpose of the Mountain Leader scheme, ‘mountainous country’ may be defined as wild country which may contain unavoidable steep and rocky ground where walkers are dependent upon themselves for immediate help. In the United Kingdom and Ireland mountainous country includes:
• Snowdonia • Brecon Beacons • Lake District • Mountains of Mourne • Scottish Highlands • Galloway Hills • Cork & Kerry Mountains • Galway & Mayo Mountains • Donegal Mountains • Dublin & Wicklow Mountains.
Mountain Training Frequently asked questions
Mountain Leader training course
Meet at 9.00 am
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
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
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.
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 and night navigation on the expedition
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.