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Mountain Leader Assessment (Summer)

Course Overview

You must have completed a Mountain Leader training course prior this assessment. The course covers the syllabus of the award, meeting the standards set by Mountain Training. This five day intensive assessment course looks at all aspects of leading groups in the hills and includes a three day expedition.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Pre-requisites for assessment

Assessment pays a lot of attention to the DLOG and cannot be made without a suitably informative record of your past experience.

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

  • You must have attended a Mountain Training 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 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 can present either your original document at assessment or scan this into your DLOG.

  • You must have recorded in your DLOG at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping

  • Completed your Home Theory Paper, available to download here

  • Five minute talk


  • You will be asked to demonstrate what you need to carry as a mountain leader.

  • Candidates are expected to provide all of their own equipment including maps.

  • Candidates are not expected to provide ropes.

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 Mountain Leader syllabus. The five days are generally split into the following areas:

Navigational skills day

  • An introductory day focusing on key skills of navigation

A mountain day

  • Group management including steep ground

  • Your ability to provide a safe and enjoyable day for a group

  • Five minute talks as outlined in the home paper

Mountain tent based expedition, three days, two nights

  • Further aspects of navigation, including night navigation

  • Aspects of incident and accident procedure

  • The emergency use of a rope

  • Camp craft

  • General supervision and further group movement as appropriate

Evening sessions

  • Route planning exercise

  • Review of home theory paper

De-briefing and results make up the last afternoon.

Food will be provided for the expedition. However, you may wish to bring your own, perhaps some goodies.

Useful Books

  • “Hillwalking” by Steve Long in preparation for the more theoretical aspects of the course.
  • 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
    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

follow this link for more details

What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

You will be asked to demonstrate what you need to carry as a mountain leader.

Candidates are expected to provide all of their own equipment including maps. Maps we will be using are 1:25,000 OS Explorer 17 map - Snowdon + the Conwy Valley and 1:50,000 OS Landranger 115 map - Snowdon. These need to be waterproof. (Can be purchased from our shop)

When we need to use ropes, these will be provided. You should bring all normal clothing and mountaineering footwear suited to operating in the British mountains.

You will also need:

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Drinks bottle

  • MT logbook and paperwork

Customer Reviews For This Course

11 - 15 November 2013

Rob Tresidder

It's a little difficult to be dispassionate about this course because it was an assessment and I passed!

But allowing for that and the fact that we all (or all but one?) passed, I felt it was a very fair and thorough assessment.

Briefings were good. Assessors all gave very clear instructions and asked unambiguous questions.

The weather was exceptionally unfriendly and showed up the extent I had still not sorted my torch/specs/magnifier protocol.

I was introduced to Nature In Snowdonia — an added bonus.

Food: excellent.

Room: comfortable and convenient, though surely it should have been possible to arrange the furniture differently so that I could get out from behind the desk!

The accommodation is I imagine hotel ***, but as well as towels, most hotels provide soap at least. It would be sensible to warn guests that this is not provided.

I would definitely recommend PyB to a friend.

My thanks to all.


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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