If it’s been a while since you did your training course; you’d like a second chance to review your skills; you’ve been granted exemption from attending a training course or perhaps you’ve completed the award but wish to update yourself after a few seasons off, then this refresher course is ideal.
Typically people attending this course want to look through security on steep ground issues,particularly the rope work and anchor selection, poor visibility navigation and environmental input and knowledge. However it is up to you and your colleagues on the course to decide the programme for the two days.
You will not be spending a night out and there is no late evening session. The course will finish on the second day at around 1630Hrs.
You do not need to bring your logbook or any ML paperwork with you unless you have aspecific question about it. The guidance notes for trainers, assessors and candidates you received when you first registered with the scheme might be useful however.
ILA Funding can be used towards the cost of this course.
Is It For Me?
This two day course is designed for those who have either:
- done their training and are looking to refresh and check their skills prior to assessment
- been granted exemption from training but are looking to gain an insight into what is required at assessment
- you have completed the award but wish to update your current practice.
The actual programme is fairly flexible, with your instructor basing the two days around the prevailing conditions, taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.
To practically explore core elements of the ML Summer syllabus as decided by the course participants.
You will usually be in a team of six with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the weekend’s programme around some core themes.
Typically people attending this course want to look through security on steep ground issues, particularly the rope work and anchor selection, poor visibility navigation and environmental input and knowledge. However it is up to you and your colleagues on the course to decide the programme for the two days. You will not be spending a night out and there is no late evening session. The course will finish on the second day at around 1630Hrs.
You do not need to bring your logbook or any ML paperwork with you unless you have a specific question about it. The guidance notes for trainers, assessors and candidates you received when you first registered with the scheme might be useful however.
What Will I Need?
Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. At this level you will be expected to use your own hill gear including emergency gear, tent, stove etc. 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 ***
- Map information – we encourage everyone on mountain courses to have a map covering the Northern Cairngorms with a 10km radius from the ski area. There are now a range of scales and maps available OS 1:50,000, OS 1:25,000 and Harvey Map 1:40,000. For candidates on any NGB course such as Mountain Leader summer, you should have a 1:50,000 map and ideally one other scale. For non qualification courses any scale is fine, OS 1:50,000 map sheet 36 covers the widest area, but the Harvey 1:40,000 has a lot of additional information on the back of it, however it is useful to have the Silva Mark 4 compass with the 1:40,000 scale on it, (only available since 2010).
If you have digital mapping and can print off map sheets a suggested area would be:
NW corner NH8514 NE corner NJ0314
SW corner NN8593 SE corner NO0393
That will be about 4 sheets of A4 if you use the 1:50,000 scale.
From time to time we will use other areas outside the northern Cairngorms in which case we will supply appropriate mapping.
- All maps need to be in a waterproof case. Maps and map cases are not a stores item but can be purchased from our shop.
- 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, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!
Items marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.
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.