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Mountaineering Instructor Award - Training LAKE DISTRICT

Qualification Level - 9 days | Prices from £890.00

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.

We are really excited to provide the first Mountaineering Instructor Training course based in the Lake District.

Based from the Blencthra Field Studies Centre, Threlkeld, by Keswick. The centre offers superb classroom facilities to help support the delivery of this course. The course will be staffed by Glenmore Lodges most experienced MIA training & assessment staff, many with a long history and local knowledge of the climbing and scrambling on offer in the Lakes!

We expect to use many of the local venues around Borrowdale, Langdale, Dow and the Dudden Valley.

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.

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Cost (no accommodation): £890.00

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, teaching & coaching climbing and other mountaineering skills.

You must register on the scheme via the MTUK. Full details can be found at

Registration for the MIA is an application process and all candidates must satisfy the following conditions:

  • You must hold the Mountain Leader award
  • You must have gained 20 quality mountain days as a leader since becoming a Mountain Leader, and logged them in DLOG
  • You must have led 30 named multi-pitch rock climbs of minimum VS 4c standard in at least 3 main climbing areas of the UK, and logged them in DLOG
  • You must have led 10 sport climbs at or above French grade 6a and logged them in DLOG
  • There should also be a reference in the Referee tab of your DLOG.

If you can tick all of the above boxes, here’s what to do next:

  • Log in to the Candidate Management System
  • Register for the Mountaineering Instructor Award scheme (this costs £77)
  • Notify Mountain Training (via the SEND TO MT button in DLOG) that your DLOG is ready to be reviewed

Training course bookings must not be made until your Mountaineering Instructor Award registration application has been approved by Mountain Training.

This is the first ever Mountaineering Instructor Training Course based in the Lake District. We have based the course in partnership with; Blencathra Field studies Centre, Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4SG.

Course cost  £890

Course cost including accommodation & food £890 & £495 ( Please book your accommodation direct with Sue Abraham; [email protected]).

Course cost include

  • Instruction
  • In course transport
  • Ropes and any specialist technical equipment


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.

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’.

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.


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
2SUN SINGLE PITCH WORKSHOPRevisiting 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
3MON SERIES ROPE MULTI-PITCH CLIMBING 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
4TUE 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 DAYThis 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. 1:2
6THU 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 a local bouldering venue or a morning in the indoor wall and the afternoon at a sport climbing venue. Coaching Climbing Con’t 2:8
7FRI 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
8SAT TEACHING LEADINGA 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
9SUN 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




What Will I Need?


For the course you WILL need:

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Mountain Boots
  • Gaiters (optional)
  • Helmet
  • Rucksack
  • Harness
  • Rock shoes
  • Full mountain rack including camming devices, slings, HMS screwgate karabiners etc.
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended with a 1:40,000 romer *
  • 1:50.000 map.

Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

Please note that you will not be allowed to attend the course and will not receive a refund without being confirmed as registered for the Mountaineering Instructor Award by Mountain Training UK prior to the start of the course.

  • Registered for the MIA.
  • Completed Summer ML award.
  • Up to date D-Log.

What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • In-course transport

Arriving at the Venue

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