Mountain Leader Training
Mountain Leader Training
What is Mountain Leader Training?
The ML is a professional qualification enabling you to take groups out for walks, and overnight expeditions in any terrain in the UK in summer conditions.
To become a mountain leader you must complete a training course and an assessment. There should be a few months inbetween the training and assessment, this is a consolidation period where you should fine tune the skills learnt on the training course.
Although the course is really good for developing personal skills and knowledge, the majority of people do it to learn and be assessed on leading people on a mountain.
What will you cover in throughout the course?
- Group management
- Access and the environment
- Hazards (including steep ground and rivers) and emergency procedures
- Expedition skills
- Background knowledge
What is the training course like?
One of our instructors, Gareth has recently completed the ML training course and this is what he had to say about it:
"I have recently completed my training course, which is a 6 day, 5 night course including an overnight expedition. I did this course in the Ogwen Valley in North Wales, surrounded by the Carneddau Mountains and the popular Mountain Tryfan. The overnight expedition took place on and around Snowdon.
Through out the course we covered skills including group management while walking and on steep ground. This included emergency procedures and the use of a confidence rope. We also looked at river crossing techniques, micro-navigation (finding precise points on the map), night navigation, and being able to relocate yourself when lost.
The course was run by 2 highly experienced and qualified mountain instructors who were a fountain of knowledge. I learnt so much from their little tips and tricks to make life easier while in the mountains.
There was 6 of us on the course, and we were all enthusiastic outdoor professionals keen to learn as much as we could in the week. And everyone was keen to get out and enjoy other activities in the evenings after the course activities had finished for the day.
I found this course made me more confident on my own in the mountains and would recommend the training course even if you do not wish to pursue a career from it, as you will learn loads of skills which are just as useful to an enthusiast as a professional.
My personal highlight was the micro-navigation and relocation training as it really makes you more confident in your own map reading abilities."
Has Gareth inspired you?
If you love being the in the outdoors and going on walks through the mountains, then this course is for you!
To take part in an ML course there are 3 main critieria you must have, these are:
1) You must be at least 18 years old 2) You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking 3) You should have an interest in leading groups in the hills
If all of the above apply to you, then you can find all the information you need on their website by clicking here.