Is It For Me?
The Mountaineering Instructor Award Training course provides training for instructors working in summer conditions. The syllabus includes multi-pitch rock climbing, scrambling and other mountaineering skills. Also included are training, assessing and coaching processes.
You must register on the scheme via the MTUK. Full details can be found at http://www.mountain-training.org/mountaineering/awards/mountaineering-instructor-award
To register you will, in summary, need to satisfy the following conditions:
- Completed your Summer Mountain Leader Award
- Have 20 QMDs in sole charge of a group AFTER completing your ML.
- Have climbed 30 named multi-pitch routes at VS 4c or above in 3 main mountain areas.
- Provide the name of a referee who is prepared to endorse your application.
You cannot attend the course unless you are first registered on the scheme.
This course provides you with an opportunity for discussing and sharing ideas through a structured and progressive programme. Please come with an open mind and prepared to contribute lots of ideas and experience. You should bring a notebook and a camera to assist you in recording information and ideas. We also issue a substantial pack of notes as well.
Please familiarise yourself with the Mountaineering Instructor Scheme Prospectus, Syllabus and Guidance Notes published by the MTUK. The detail of the programme will be governed to some extent by the weather and conditions.
Although the course is broken up into days, an integrated approach to the syllabus material will be taken. Techniques and skills often taught in isolation are transferable through all aspects of the instructor’s role. To enable you to gain the maximum benefit from your course, you should have a holistic approach to the subject matter and not assume that technique ‘A’ can only be used in situation ‘A’.
For three of the days (Multi pitch climbing I and II, and the mountain day) we will be based over on the West Coast at fully catered accommodation. You do not need any sleeping bags etc as this is full board accommodation in a comfortable bunkhouse.
Please bring your logbook completed and fully up to date.
We will also be making reference to Rock Climbing: Essential Skills & Techniques by Libby Peter and published by MTUK so please ensure you bring a copy along with you.
What Will I Need?
Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very 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. Glenmore Lodge will supply all ropes. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.
GLENMORE LODGE CAN SUPPLY:
- Waterproof jackets and trousers
- Leather Boots
- Day & Expedition Sacs
- All emergency group kit including ropes.
EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.
Listed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.
- Informal clothing for leisure wear
- Warm outdoor wear
- 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
- Hat & gloves*** leather palmed Belay Gloves are useful for rope work scenarios.
- Compass – Silva type 4 recommended with a 1:40,000 romer ***
- Maps and waterproof map case. You’ll need a waterproof 1:50,000 sheet 36 map of the Cairngorms, and a map of the Glencoe area (1:25 000 or equivalent).
- Rucksack liner (or sturdy bin liner) / dry bags
- Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle ***
- Box or bag for packed lunch.
- Blister kit/ small first aid kit
- Personal toiletries & medications (towels are provided)
- Suncream – you just never know! ***
- Spare towel
- An alarm clock
Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, sauna, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!
Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.
What’s included on your course
- 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
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