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Winter Mountain Leader Training

Qualification Level - 6 days

Course Rating: 4.5 Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews

Learn the skills to lead groups in the British mountains in winter conditions. The course includes an overnight snowhole expedition. Be prepared for a challenging and physically demanding week.

It is essential that you arrive with the correct and original paperwork IN ORDER.

Your Trainer will need to see the following:

  • Evidence of your registration to do the Winter Mountain Leader Award. If you are not registered specifically for the winter award with MTS you will not be able to attend this course.
  • Evidence of your Summer Mountain Leader award.
  • Completed logbook with:
  • Evidence of recent experience of hill walking and mountaineering in winterconditions in at least three different mountain areas in the UK.
  • Evidence of experience of an absolute minimum of 20 Winter Quality Mountain Days
  • Be well practised in the use of ice axe and crampons.

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Is It For Me?

Learn the skills to lead groups in the British mountains in winter conditions. The course includes an overnight snowhole expedition. Be prepared for a challenging and physically demanding week.

Course Aims

We aim to cover the practical elements and some of the main areas of theory detailed in the syllabus in the Winter Mountain Leader Award Handbook. You should have received this from MTS when you registered for the winter award. The course is 6 days long, and will end with individual debriefs.

Course Content

You will find a detailed programme in the Course Documentation below, please note that the programme is provisional. This programme should be viewed in conjunction with the MTS Guidance Notes & Prospectus and Syllabus. Course and participant needs, weather and snow conditions will be addressed. Emergency shelters and environmental issues will be dealt with on an ongoing basis as appropriate to situations and conditions.

Click here to access a provisional programme of Glenmore Lodge Winter Mountain Leader Training

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, comprehensive store of up-to-date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.  If you are thinking about buying equipment (things like ice axe, boots and crampons) but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course.

What we can supply?

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Plastic Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmets
  • Day Sac
  • Any technical equipment if applicable
  • Snow holing equipment such as shovel, saw, transceiver & avalanche probe

For Winter ML’s (You are welcome to bring all your own camping gear)

  • Suitable Emergency Hill Rope min length 30m
  • Sleeping bag & liner
  • Goretex Bivi Bag
  • Karrimat
  • Stoves (Trangias, MSR & Primus). If you prefer to use your own stove you must bring the fuel for it.
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery / plastic mug

What will you need to bring? Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Thermals or suitable under clothing
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks (several pairs)
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket (with a good hood)
  • Waterproof over-trousers or salopettes
  • Hat & balaclava plus spare
  • Mitts & gloves
  • Ski goggles (should have double lens to avoid misting up)
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended
  • Maps and waterproof map case. 1:50,000 map of the Cairngorms
  • Headtorch
  • Rucksack liner
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Survival Bag – Plastic type
  • Personal toiletries, medications & personal first aid kit (towels are provided)
  • Suncream

We have a small pool, sauna, gym & climbing wall – so any relevant kit (including spare towel)

Remember the price is all inclusive

We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open.  Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package.

Course Pre-Requisites

Hold the ML Award (summer), completed MTS Registration for the winter award.

Syllabus and information available from http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/awards/winter-mountain-leader

It is essential that you arrive with the correct and original paperwork IN ORDER.

Your Trainer will need to see the following:

  • Evidence of your registration to do the Winter Mountain Leader Award. If you are not registered specifically for the winter award with MTS you will not be able to attend this course.
  • Evidence of your Summer Mountain Leader award.
  • Completed logbook with:
  • Evidence of recent experience of hill walking and mountaineering in winterconditions in at least three different mountain areas in the UK.
  • Evidence of experience of an absolute minimum of 20 Winter Quality Mountain Days
  • Be well practised in the use of ice axe and crampons.

Course Rating: 4.5 Rated 4.5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews Read all reviews

Very impressed with all aspects of the course, great instruction and accommodation to match. Would highly recommend.
Stephen Whittle Reviewed on 10/04/2015
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Ben Stephenson Reviewed on 04/04/2015
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An awesome course with fantastic instructors. Qualifying as a Winter ML isn't easy and this course pulled no punches in making sure you knew exactly what is expected for you to achieve this. The experience of the instructors in training and assessing WMLs made his much more than simply another winter skills course. I would recommend it to anyone serious about qualifying as a WML
Garry Wardrope Reviewed on 31/03/2015
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The course was fantastic and I thought Bill and Kirk were brilliant. They made it really fun and interesting and a very easy and laid back learning environment.

Food was absolutely brilliant, great veggie options all week!
Kate Wilkinson Reviewed on 30/03/2015
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James Watts Reviewed on 15/03/2015
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Tim Harrison Reviewed on 15/03/2015
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Bruce Manning Reviewed on 03/03/2015
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Excellent course, with instructors and content spot on.
Alison McLure Reviewed on 03/03/2015
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Can't commend the course, instructors and facilities enough - absolutely fabulous!

Special mention for your trainee Johnny on the IDS - he was a great advert for the organisation and, even though he was a participant on the MLW training, he was unfailingly helpful.

The evening lectures were also great with Giles and Alex providing super lectures in an informative but highly enjoyable manner.

Please keep doing what you're doing, as you've got it just right!
Calum Carruthers Reviewed on 02/03/2015
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Excellent course. Instructors were excellent and shared their expertise and experience at every opportunity.
Kieran Carey Reviewed on 02/03/2015
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It was a fantastic course and Phil and Kev were really good, professional and knowledgeable instructors.
Luca Alfatti Reviewed on 02/03/2015
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kev and phil were great cheers for a great 6 days guys
terry mccall Reviewed on 02/03/2015
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Every aspect of the course was great from start to finish. I will be coming back again.
Thomas Kennedy Reviewed on 02/03/2015
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I really enjoyed the training up at Glenmore Lodge, and I can not recommend it highly enough!
James Ryan Reviewed on 02/03/2015
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Great week doing MLW training. Was the right tempo through week to learn without being overloaded. Each day building on the day before and putting it together in the final days - good fun too. Great food & facilities. All Instructors very knowledgeable & approachable. Thanks all.
Frank Palmer Reviewed on 17/02/2015
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I really can't fault the the three instructors we had on the course (Derek Bain, Al Halewood and Al Gilmour). They were all totally excellent and completely exceeded my expectations. I learnt loads and they get the tone of the course spot on: proffessional, assured, knowledgable but also approachable and friendly.

Shane Ohly Reviewed on 15/02/2015
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The instructors, Derek and Al were exceptional, obvious experts and patient teachers. Course content and pace was achievable too.

In short a wonderfully enjoyable course made doubly so by a week of blue sky, regardless of the Instructors doing their "foul weather dance".

I will be using GL for courses in future.
Many thanks.
Jim
Jim Pike Reviewed on 15/02/2015
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Great course with 3 fantastic instructors (Bill, Sam & Al), I couldn't have asked for more. Guess you hear this a lot, so here's something more personal: every time I walk into the lodge, I instantly feel at home. Thank you for that. Can't wait to be back.
Caya Sievers Reviewed on 09/02/2015
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I thought the staff at the center were excellent both in their attitude and professionalism. That really stood out.
The course content was good, it would not have been possible to cover everything in detail however I felt that both Bill and Sam gave us a very clear understanding of what was required and the level we have to attain before assessment.
Overall I think Glenmore have got it right, the centre is focused on supporting students throughout the day, in getting them out onto the hill, out there during training and when they return at night, from breakfast in the morning to the drying room at night everything is structured into making the learning experience as good as it could be.
William Dallas Reviewed on 09/02/2015
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jeremy brown Reviewed on 02/02/2015
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast and dinner for each course day
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on enquiries@glenmorelodge.org.uk or 01479 861256

Can't find exactly what you are looking for?

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We are happy to create it for you. You can hire one of our instructors or guides from as little as £260 a day, including any equipment. If you’re a group, all of our courses are available on a date that suits you or if you would prefer we can tailor a course to your requirements. Simply give us a call to discuss your requirements.