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Summer Mountain Leader Assessment

Qualification Level - 5 days | Prices from £485.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 12 reviews

The Mountain Leader Award (ML) was established in 1964 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.

Before you book onto a Mountain Leader assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK and Ireland
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Mountain Leader
  • You must have logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping

The Mountain Leader assessment is 5 days long and includes a two night expedition.

QMDs

For summer ML a QMD is clearly defined within the MTUK Dlog informtaion, in all the ML award information on their website and during your training course. It is a requirement that you have a minimum of 40 QMDs when you come to assessment and that these are clearly recorded in your Dlog or a printed record of your experience. If you are unable to do this you will be deferred and we will charge an administrative re-assessment fee of £100 when you subsequently re-submit the required days. This is also the case for not having a valid first aid certificate.

Glenmore Lodge is keen to support candidates gaining a successful result. Currently a lack of QMDs is a significant yet unnecessary reason for defer across the UK for this award and it is usually reflected in the performance on the hill.

To be clear your training course does not count as these are not self planned and managed days. The vast majority of days should be in the UK and in summer conditions. Duplicate days do not usually count nor a skills training day a couple of kms from the car.

It is entirely within the hands of the candidate to meet this requirement in their own time and clearly record it. When candidates arrive with no concerns about their QMDs they perform better at the practical aspects of the course.

Please ensure you comply with this requirement of becoming a mountain leader.

See the information sheet in the Detailed Info tab.

How to prepare for and pass your ML.

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Dates & Prices

20/05/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00
10/06/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00
17/06/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00
01/07/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00
05/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00
26/08/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00
16/09/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00
30/09/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00
07/10/19
Cost (with accommodation): £610.00
Cost (no accommodation): £485.00

Is It For Me?

Prior to attending this assessment course you must have:

  • Completed the formal ML award six day training course or successfully gained exemption from training. (Please note that the military courses such as MT /UEL/JSMEL do not currently count as the formal ML training course).
  • Completed and recorded in Dlog or a log book with an absolute minimum of 40 quality mountain days. This needs to be done before you arrive.
  • Completed the written home paper – ideally printed and bring with you. This needs to be done before you arrive.
  • Prepared 2 x 5 minute talks on an environmental subject. This needs to be done before you arrive.
  • A valid and current 16 hour First Aid Certificate. Remember to bring it with you.

Course Aims

The Mountain Leader Award (ML) was established in 1964 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.

Course Content

Please ensure you meet the minimum pre-requirements above. It should be borne in mind that candidates who present themselves for assessment with the minimum number of quality mountain days tend to find the assessment process challenging. It is our recommendation that you have in excess of this number as you will find the assessment less challenging.

The syllabus is contained in the Mountain Leader Award Handbook which you receive on registering with the ML Scheme. This assessment course is five days long, ending late on Friday afternoon.

Although the course is divided, with certain days concentrating on specific aspects it is not viewed as a modular type of assessment. The assessment looks at your overall performance over 5 days. The first two days are day walks on the hill looking at leadership, navigation, security on steep ground, water hazards emergency proceedures the hill environment and the contents of a leaders rucsac. The last 3 days are an expedition camping 2 nights. All of the above topic areas may be revisited and there is camp craft and environmental topics to be covered as well. This outline programme may be amended due to weather or other constraints.

Home Paper

A home written paper is at the end of this information, please research and complete it to bring with you.

Environmental Talk

You will need to prepare 2 x 5 minute environmental talks to be given on the hill during the course. They ought to have significance to the general UK mountain environment. These are assessed and the topics can range from flora, fauna & lichens to landscape, history, aspects of land management, animal husbandry, access, footpaths, glaciology, food chains, birds, forestry, military history, geology, climate, historical, social and economic benefits of outdoor sports. The list goes on and the aim is to broaden everyone’s knowledge of the mountain environment as the week goes on. As these talks are usually done outside on the hill you may want a few notes or other props in a plastic bag. If you see something relevant to your subject then grab the opportunity to do your chat.

This is assessed and requires some preparation. Please do call if you need any further guidance on this.  Please note that although you will be presenting these formal chats on the hill, you are expected to have a wider knowledge of the mountain environment that just what is contained in your talk so please be prepared to be asked about all aspects of the mountain environment in addition to your formal talk on the hill.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, and very comprehensive store of up to date clothing and equipment. Although we can supply most 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 resealable gas canisters at the shop.
  • Pots and pans
  • Cutlery / plastic mugListed here are the essentials, this is not an exhaustive list.
  • EQUIPMENT YOU NEED TO BRING WHICH WE DO NOT HAVE IN THE STORES.
  • 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).NW corner NH8514         NE corner NJ0314That 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.
  • SW corner NN8593          SE corner NO0393
  • If you have digital mapping and can print off map sheets a suggested area would be:
  • 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 clockItems marked *** are available in our shop subject to availability.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.
  • Remember the course price is all inclusive
  • Glenmore Lodge also has a pool, gym & climbing wall – so don’t forget your swimming/gym/climbing kit!

Course Documentation

Course Pre-Requisites

Have completed the Mountain Leader training course or obtained a letter of exemption from training from your Mountain Training home nation board office, first aid certificate, and completed logbook.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 12 reviews Read all reviews

Great place! Amazing location, Welcoming staff and excellent assessment course.
Graham Still Reviewed on 11/08/2018
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This is a great place to do your assessment. The instructors work hard to put you at your ease whilst getting the best from you. They give good feedback during and after the assessment. And the mountains are great...
Peter Coville Reviewed on 28/06/2016
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A very well organised week.
Christopher Wood Reviewed on 23/05/2016
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You pay for the best and you get the best. Excellent facilities, inspirational staff.
Lawrence Tring Reviewed on 22/05/2016
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Great five days at the Lodge on a Summer ML assessment. Great food, great facilities, excellent instructors. Will definitely be back!
Jamie MacManaway Reviewed on 26/10/2015
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Peter Liston Reviewed on 25/10/2015
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A really good week, great bunch of people and two laid back but switched on assessors. Accommodation, food and facilities all 10/10. The drying room alone is worth a million dollars and we had a dry week! Why would you go any where else?
Allison Brown Reviewed on 19/10/2015
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Great assessment...run well from start to finish. On site accommodation and food great. Good weather was an unexpected bonus.
Ian MacLeod Reviewed on 18/10/2015
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This was a challenging but very well organised course. The two instructors involved were extremely experienced.
Sandy Scott Reviewed on 27/09/2015
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Glenmore Lodge is excellent, as usual.
Vincent Launstorfer Reviewed on 10/08/2015
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Another wonderful and well run course at Glenmore Lodge. The instructors and assessors were all extremely knowlegable and approachable and helped make the experience less stressful. I would highly recommend this assessment at the lodge to all qualified people.
Keith Mcdougall Reviewed on 02/08/2015
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I spent an excellent week at the lodge.
The staff are very friendly and professional.
The accommodation and food is at a very high standard and I would recommend Glenmore Lodge to anyone considering any outdoors course/activity
James Mackay Reviewed on 24/05/2015
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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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