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Mountaineering Instructor Award Training

Qualification Level - 9 days

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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.

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.

ILA Funding can be used towards the cost of this course.

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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.

Course Content

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.

MIA Training Course Programme

The topic of environmental concerns and issues will be covered on a daily basis making best use of available talking points. The course director will often re-arrange the above programme to take advantage of weather conditions.

DAY MORNING / AFTERNOON EARLY EVE Ratios Staff: Candidates
1

SAT

COURSE INTRO

ASSESSMENT OF RISK AND IT’S APPLICATION

This day looks at adventure and risk. How we can develop judgement, safety and awareness across challenging areas of activities. We will use the mountain environment to explore the assessment of risk and it’s application.

TALK: The Instructor & the Law. 2:8
2

SUN

SINGLE PITCH WORKSHOP

Revisiting basic climbing skills such as movement on rock, rope work, belay plate orientation and use, abseiling. This day includes a practical look at using a single pitch venue.

PROBLEM SOLVING & RESCUE SKILLS I – Nuts and bolts 2:8
3

MON

SERIES ROPE MULTI-PITCH CLIMBING (West Coast)

Based near Glen Coe for three days and staying in comfortable, fully catered, bunkhouse style accommodation. This day will revisit trainees personal climbing ability and techniques on multi-pitch ground up to VS 4c. the emphasis of this day will be on series rope technique and stance management.

SESSION: Use of a guide plate and stance management when climbing in parallel. 1:2
4

TUE

PARALLEL ROPE MULTI PITCH CLIMBING

Further consolidation of multi pitch climbing with an emphasis on using parallel rope technique.

SESSION: Short roping uses & limitations, taking coils. 1:2
5 WED MOUNTAIN DAY

This day focuses on the care and leadership of a party on scrambling and rocky terrain in both ascent and descent. A major part of the day will be spent on teaching use of short rope technique. Particular emphasis will be placed on developing decision making and judgement calls in this challenging aspect of professional mountaineering.

Return to Lodge 1:2
6

THU

Coaching Climbing & Coaching Process.

This day looks at generic coaching fundamentals in climbing and explores how we can improve our students performance. This day  will be based either at Cummingston all day or a morning in the indoor wall and the afternoon at a sport climbing venue.

Coaching Climbing Con’t 2:8

 

7

FRI

PROBLEM SOLVING & RESCUE SKILLS

Developing simple solutions to complex problems. Practical application of improvised rescue techniques in a variety of simulated scenarios on the crag.

SESSION: Self Programmed Problem Solving Practice: Climbing Wall 1:2
8

SAT

TEACHING LEADING

A practical exploration of the issues involved in introducing novice climbers to the ‘sharp end’ of the rope. Includes techniques for looking after both yourself and your students.

SESSION: Self Programmed Teaching Climbing Client Scenarios. 2:8
9

SUN

Learning & Teaching Navigation @ SML

This day is spent teaching the fundamentals of navigation. Part of the  morning is spent around the centre grounds,  the rest is on the hill teaching navigation  to SML standard.

Session: Between Training & Assessment

COURSE REVIEW

DEBRIEFS

  2:8

 

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
  • Gaiters
  • Helmet
  • 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.
  • Whistle
  • 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.

Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

MIA registration, completed Summer ML award, logbook.

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Fantastic course, well worth doing and I would recommend anyone to take part if they want to develop their outdoors skills
steven rees Reviewed on 16/08/2016
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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
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • 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

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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 £280 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.