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Hill and Moorland Leader Assessment

Course Overview

You must have completed a Walking Group Leader training or Hill and Moorland Leader training prior to this assessment.
The course covers the syllabus of the award meeting the standards set by Mountain Training. Three mainly
practical days are spent on the local moors.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Pre-requisites for assessment

The log book should clearly detail your past Walking experience. It is an integral part of the assessment and should be fully completed. 


Before you book onto a Hill and Moorland Leader assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended a Hill and Moorland Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have in your DLOG a minimum of 40 Quality Hillwalking Days in at least three different upland areas of the UK and Ireland
  • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Hill and Moorland Leader. You can present either the original at assessment or scan this into your DLOG.
  • Completed your Home Theory Paper, available to download here




Equipment


Assessment candidates are expected to provide all their own equipment except maps.





Assessment content

The programme may be revised at short notice to take account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to satisfy the spirit and detail of the Hill and Moorland Leader syllabus. The three days are generally split as follows:





A practical hill day



  • Navigation skills using map and compass as appropriate

  • Movement skills

  • Route finding

  • Ability to relocate










Second practical hill day



  • Group preparation, briefings, equipment

  • Group management appropriate to prevailing conditions and terrain

  • Navigation decisions and judgement of terrain and route

  • The leaders equipment

  • Possible navigation in poor visibility










A shorter hill day, then centre based



  • Further practical assessment of leadership and group skills

  • Dealing with common hazards

  • Further scenarios

  • Group discussions rescue, hypothermia

  • Practical improvised carries

  • Return to centre in early afternoon for results and review










Evening sessions



  • Route planning and risk assessment exercise

  • Review of exercise

  • Techniques for poor visibility or night navigation










At a suitable point in the assessment, you will be asked to deliver a 5 minute talk on a subject chosen from the list attached to the home question paper.

Useful Books

It is highly recommended that you should read through the relevant chapters in “Hillwalking” by Steve Long in preparation for the more theoretical aspects of the course.
  • Hillwalking by Steve Long (MLTUK official pub.)
  • Mountain Navigation by Peter Cliff

Also recommended reading 
  • Looking at Weather by Ingrid Holfard
  • Mountain Weather by Pedgley
  • Weather for Hillwalkers & Climbers by M Thomas
  • www.mltuk.org - Website of the MLTUK
  • Reading relevant magazines is also a good way to keep abreast of current issues. 


What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or
info@pyb.co.uk.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Candidates are expected to provide all of their own equipment and maps. You will need OS Explorer 17 1:25,000 Snowdon & Conwy Valley (ideally laminated if not bring a map case) (Can be purchased from our shop). You should bring all normal clothing and footwear suited to operating in the terrain within the remit of your award. You will be asked to demonstrate what you need to carry as a Leader.


You will also need:


  • Lunch bag/box

  • Drinks bottle

  • MT logbook and paperwork





Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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