Mountain Leader training course

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2023 prices are £420,

2024 prices are £430

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Please select the start date of the 6-day Summer Mountain Leader Training course.

The course starts at 9 am on the date shown.



Mountain Leader training course

Mountain Leader training course programme

Day 1

The Mountain Leader training course begins 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

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 sacks ready for the 3-day expedition.
Although a 2-day expedition is all that is required for the “Mountain Leader Training” 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 expedition

Day 6

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


The course will finish by 4 pm.

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.

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