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Summer Mountain Leader Training

Qualification Level - 6 days | Prices from £430.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 11 reviews

The Mountain Leader Award (ML) was established to promote the safe enjoyment of the hills and mountains. The scheme provides training and assessment in the technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the United Kingdom and Ireland, under summer conditions. It integrates experience, training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous country.

The syllabus is contained in the Mountain Leader Award Handbook which you should have received or downloaded at the time of registering with Mountain Training.

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

 

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Dates & Prices

29/04/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
27/05/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
03/06/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
17/06/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
08/07/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
15/07/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
05/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
19/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
09/09/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
30/09/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
07/10/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00
14/10/19
Cost (with accommodation): £580.00
Cost (no accommodation): £430.00

Is It For Me?

The Mountain Leader Award (ML) was established to promote the safe enjoyment of the hills and mountains. The scheme provides training and assessment in the technical and group management skills required by those who wish to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the United Kingdom and Ireland, other than in winter conditions. It integrates experience, training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous country.

It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to ensure you have have completed the registration process with http://www.mountain-training.org/ and have logged 20 Quality Mountain Days.  For the Summer Mountain Leader Award registration can be done online (registration for H & M or RCI Schemes does not cover you for the ML Award). Mountain Training Scotland, is the Scottish home nation board, Tel No. 01479 861 248.

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

Course Content

Please note this is a 6 day course and all 6 days must be completed. The course finishes at 5pm on the last day, if you decide to leave early your attendance will not be recorded.

Glenmore Lodge runs this course on behalf of all the Home Nation Mountain Training boards.  (It does not matter which Home Nation Board you have registered with).

The syllabus is contained in the Mountain Leader Award Handbook which you receive on registering with the ML Scheme.  The programme below is provisional – weather etc. may necessitate changes to the actual programme.

Environmental aspects are an important theme running through the course, each candidate should come with a 5 minute talk on any aspect of the outdoors that interests them, the objective is to share knowledge. This is usually presented at any opportune time during a hill day. It is something we require at assessment so this is just a practice opportunity.

 

MTS SUMMER MOUNTAIN LEADER TRAINING

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

Please note that the programme describe below is provisional. Course and participant needs, weather and conditions will necessitate some changes. This programme should be viewed in conjunction with the MTS Guidance Notes & Prospectus and Syllabus.

 

Day

SESSION

EARLY   EVENING

LATE   EVENING

 

1

Personal Intros

Log   Books

About the SML scheme

“Role, Qualities and techniques of Summer Mountain Leadership” Including   leadership models – Session

Personal Kit Organisation: equipment   carried by summer ML

Introduction   to Mountain Navigation: use of the compass, map, different map scales and types, electronic   mapping devices, GPS and smart phones.

Talk: Legal   Liability and the Leader 

 

2

Hazards & Emergency ProceduresTalk: Mountain Weather which   looks at the affect of weather on the mountains, interpreting synoptic   charts, reading and understanding specific mountain weather forecasts.Basic rope skills: A practical session looking at the nuts   and bolts of emergency rope work. Includes appropriate methods of belaying,   anchor selection, rope systems, rope management and care.Emergency procedures: A   practical session to explore how we can use hill equipment to look after an   injured member of the party on the hill, this includes making an emergency stretcher.

Water Hazards: A   practical session looking at   preventative planning for river crossing as well as the skills for dealing   with water hazards without the use of a rope.

Talk: Access   & the Environment

 

 

 

3

Mountain Journey Day A mountain journey that will include; route   choice, group pace & management, mountain history, environment &   education, navigational techniques & equipment, emergency procedure   scenario. Candidates 5 min environmental presentation.

Self   programmed

Rope work practice

  

 

4

Mountain Steep Ground Journey Day A mountain journey looking at route choice and group management on   steep ground. The day will also include scenarios allowing group management   issues (both roped and unroped) to be covered.

Collect Exped Equipment & Rations. Pack for Exped

 

5

Expedition – Mountain Leadership, Mountain Navigation

Putting into practice navigation and group   management techniques in remote mountain situations.

Camp management   & Campcraft

Night Navigation   if required

 

 

6

Expedition – Mountain Leadership, Mountain Navigation

Return approx 1430 hrs and Degunge/hand   back kit.

Course Review – an opportunity for participants to share their experiences of the week.

Between Training & Assessment1:1 Debriefs using self-appraisal forms   on how best to consolidate their experiences of the course with a view to   eventual assessment.

 

 

 

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. Although we can supply all the equipment you will need, at this level you are encouraged to use your own hill gear including emergency gear, tent, stove etc. (Your instructor will of course 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.
  • Sleeping bag & liner
  • Tent (2 & 3 person)  we cannot guarantee the gender mix of a course and we do not have 1 person tents, if you do not want to share a tent you should consider providing your own
  • Karrimat
  • Cookers, (you are expected to purchase your own fuel). We sell resalable gas cylinders at the shop
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery / plastic mug

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 ***
  • 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 course 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, tea & cake and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package. Non residential options are also available.

Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

Registration with Mountain Training for the Summer ML Award, completed logbook.

In order to make your booking we will require to take note of your candidate registration number and date of registration. 

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE YOU HAVE LOGGED 20 QUALITY MOUNTAIN DAYS AND HAVE COMPLETED THE REGISTRATION PROCESS WITH www.mountain-training.org FOR THE SUMMER MOUNTAIN LEADER AWARD (REGISTRATION CAN BE DONE ON LINE. REGISTRATION FOR THE H&ML OR RCI SCHEMES DOES NOT COVER YOU FOR THE ML AWARD).

IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN TRAINING WEBSITE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS COURSE.

If you do not have the prerequisite 20 quality Logged in your log book, the course director is obliged by mountain training to either ask you to leave the course or will not record your attendance on the course. The pre experience is important as it allows the training to start at leadership level rather than a novice level.

Please ensure that you understand the basics of navigation prior to attending the course. Simple rope work is an element of the training which will be new to most people. It is very helpful if you are able to tie an overhand knot on the bight, a figure of 8 knot and a bowline.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 11 reviews Read all reviews

Glenmore Lodge was my number one venue of choice, with the whole week surpassing expectations, whether the course, quality of instruction or the venue, facilities and great food. A huge thank you to all the staff at Glenmore Lodge for your high standards, welcoming approach and safe hands.
Stone Matthew Reviewed on 26/06/2018
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Made to feel incredibly welcome by all staff involved, wonderful facilities and the course was very informative and at a good pace.
Wrightson Leanne Reviewed on 29/08/2017
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Top notch delivery, course content and venue.
Speight Neil Reviewed on 26/06/2017
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Glenmore lodge's facilities, experienced trainers and excellent range of kit made it a fantastic place to go and learn and have fun
nicholas roxburgh Reviewed on 03/10/2016
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This was far and away the highest quality training that I have ever received. The centre is mind-blowingly good, the course very well deigned and the instructors of the highest calibre.
John Gilmour Reviewed on 30/08/2016
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Absolutely fantastic, I learnt so much and cannot wait to be back for assessment.
Stephen Hopwood Reviewed on 29/08/2016
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Absolutely excellent course, brilliant instructors (Sandy Patterson and Colin Reilly), lot's of learning, brilliant venue and the catering was 2nd to none!
Drew Pountney Reviewed on 06/06/2016
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Fantastic course, instructors, food and accommodation! Really inspired!
Kirsten Ross Reviewed on 06/06/2016
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Very knowledgeable instructors who gauged the group knowledge to deliver information and content to enrich our knowledge. Excellent attention to the safety aspect and the both led by example!
Milena Zaharieva Reviewed on 06/06/2016
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Very informative, well delivered course by excellent instructors who made learning a pleasure. Thanks to Bill, Phil and the other candidates for a great week and the staff at Glenmore Lodge; the perfect location.
Cathy Bow Reviewed on 16/05/2016
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Excellent course, very good instructors, well run.
Daniel Day Reviewed on 11/05/2016
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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

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