The training course is
based around the ML syllabus and the particular needs of candidates. In
particular, we will look at the practical skills and techniques
required when leading groups hill walking and camping in the mountains
of the UK including aspects of navigation, group management,
supervision on steep ground, risk assessment and emergency use of the
rope. Consideration of the weather, mountain rescue, the environment
and other related topics will also be covered. The majority of the
course is practically based, however, some is of a theoretical nature.
At times you may find yourself outdoors in adverse weather and you
should be prepared for this. There will be an overnight camp and night
The MLTUK syllabus for the course is
closely followed. In particular we will look at the practical skills
and techniques required when leading groups walking and camping in the
British Mountains. The programme may be revised at short notice to take
account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to
satisfy the spirit and detail of the Mountain Leader syllabus.
The six days are generally split into the following areas:
Mountain navigation - An introductory day looking at key skills of mountain navigation
Leadership and group management - Managing groups over different types of terrain
The mountain environment
Centre based day - Risk assessment
Mountain hazards - Mountain rescue and incident management, and River crossing
Equipment - the leader’s rucksack
Emergency use of rope on the hill - Confidence roping, Anchor selection
and use, Short pitches in ascent and descent, Lowering and abseils
A two day, tent based mountain expedition
More time spent on topics already covered
In addition, there will be evening classroom or centre based sessions
covering some of the more theoretical aspects of the syllabus.
We intend to look at the following areas:
Legal responsibilities of Mountain Leaders
Planning a mountain journey
Access and conservation
All of our staff are dedicated mountaineers and hill walkers with a
great depth of knowledge of the area, and will be keen to pass on their
knowledge to you.
Personal mountain clothing
Waterproof top and bottoms
Hat and gloves
Day rucksack with liner
Expedition rucksack with liner
Small first aid kit
Personal toiletries and medication
Informal clothing for leisure wear
Notebook and pens
Small amount of cash
Head torch and batteries
1:25,000 OS Explorer 17 map – Snowdon + the Conwy Valley
1:50,000 OS Landranger 115 map – Snowdon
Old trainers and clothes for river crossing
ML Logbook, up to date
The ML Award Handbook
Tent, Sleeping mat, Sleeping Bag
Stove + Pans, KFS, Mug
“Hillwalking” by Steve Long in preparation for the more theoretical aspects of the course.
Mountain Navigation by Peter Cliff
Also recommended reading:
Looking at Weather by Ingrid Holfard
Mountain Weather by Pedgley
Weather for Hillwalkers & Climbers by M Thomas
www.mltuk.org - Website of the MLTUK
Mountain Leader Training UK strictly requires that all students are
registered prior to commencing the course. The Board will not recognise
completion of the course by non-registered participants. Copies of the
guidance notes are available from the MLTUK.
Bring your logbook to the course fully completed with your experience.
will benefit most from this course if you are fit and have experience
of using a map and compass in the mountain environment.
The MLTUK may be contacted at the following address for registration and syllabus enquiries:
Mountain Leader Training UK
Tel: 01690 720272
Training courses are six full days - start Sunday evening and finish late Saturday afternoon (Saturday evening to Friday afternoon for the Bassenfell course).
Pay deposit online and the office will call or email to confirm all details.
This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 12 January, 2010.