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International Mountain Leader Training Summer

Course Overview

Based at Plas y Brenin this 5 day Summer course is a mix of theory and practical sessions and looks at a wide range of topics, including anatomy and physiology, legal liability, altitude, marketing, leadership, navigation, altimeters, and environmental considerations, as well as covering many other aspects of working with trekking groups in the mountains of the world.
A key part of this course will be to develop individual action plans in order to help each individual progress through the next three stages of the award. *Please note the training course contains an assessed, timed navigation test. On completion of the summer IML training course candidates can then progress to either the Summer assessment or the Winter training course both of which are based in the European Alps. This allows individuals some flexibility to complete courses most appropriate to them. All candidates must successfully complete the summer assessment before completing the winter assessment.
Candidates should note that the summer IML training course includes knowledge and skills not assessed on the final course. For this reason Mountain Training UK state that there is no exemption from training.
If you do not attend any aspects of the summer training course, for whatever reason, you will need to attend that aspect at some point in the future, at your own expense. Until you have attended all aspects of the course you will not be accredited with a Summer IML Training and will not be able to progress with the scheme.
It is for this reason that we strongly recommend that you take out cancellation and medical insurance when you book the course.

These courses are extremely popular. If when you book the courses are already full we will add you to a waiting list and look to add additional places.

Experience Required

You must be registered on the International Mountain Leader scheme with Mountain Training prior to attending this course and have the required experience.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

What we cover

We will look at the practical skills and techniques required when leading groups walking and overnighting in the International Mountains, concentrating on areas that the board feels it is difficult for candidates to learn on their own. 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 International Mountain Leader syllabus.

The five days cover a variety of topics, some of which are classroom based. A blend of in/out each day is aimed for.

International Mountain Leader Syllabus:

  • The mountain environment

  • Legal and economic issues including marketing

  • Group management and the responsibilities of the group leader

  • Teaching

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Physical ability

  • Navigation; including GPS units and speed navigation test

  • Weather

  • Security on mountainous terrain (rope work and fixed equipment)

  • Emergency procedures – water hazards

  • Bivouac and survival skills

  • Expeditions

  • Review and action planning

Please note that the Speed Navigation Test forms part of the assessment, but is completed during this 5 day training course. The speed navigation test is completed during day one of the IML training course.

Candidates need to be familiar with all aspects of the International Mountain Leader syllabus. A copy of the candidate handbook can be downloaded from the Mountain Training website here.

Please ensure you have downloaded the IML Skills Checklist prior to the training course and ensure you bring a copy with you - available to download here.

Speed navigation test (assessment)

This test will take the form of a timed, large-scale mountain based navigation exercise in which candidates will locate a series of points, similar to an orienteering event, but using a 1:25,000 map. The points will be located on mountain features and, providing you navigate accurately will not be difficult to locate. Provided you navigate fluently and move at a steady pace, you will have ample time to complete the exercise. It is important you have prepared yourself well.

The speed navigation test takes place on day one of the course.

Environmental presentation subjects

The level of environmental knowledge required to be an International Mountain Leader is higher than that required for the Summer ML. It is also an area that IML candidates can and have been deferred on at assessment. In an attempt to highlight the importance of this area within the award, all candidates are required to give a 10-minute on the hill presentation on an environmental topic during training.

This is not an assessed element but it is expected that candidates should approach it with a professional attitude. Candidates should also learn from one another's presentations.

The following are suggested topics for your 10 min 'on the hill' presentation:

  • Transhumance

  • Impact of Mountain Tourism on Alpine Village Life

  • Basic Geological History of the Alps/Greater Ranges

  • Common Fauna of the Alps/Greater Ranges

  • Common Flora of the Alps/Greater Ranges

  • Endangered Species of the Alps

  • Differing International National Park’s approaches to Conservation

  • Historical trading/travelling routes through the International mountain ranges

  • Alpine Weather

  • History of Mankind in the different mountain regions

  • Medicinal use of Alpine Flora

  • Multi day trips – considerations for leaders

  • Leading in third world countries

A short crib sheet of useful notes and resources used for the presentation would be useful, as each trainee could take away this further information.

Useful Books

Course Support Information Supporting notes, information and photo library are being developed and can be accessed via the Plas y Brenin website at the following link www.pyb.co.uk/iml.

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?

  • Personal mountain clothing

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sunhat

  • Walking boots

  • Day rucksack

  • Rucksack liner (e.g. rubble bag or dry bag)

  • Drink bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Headtorch

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • Notebook and pen

  • MT logbook and registration for award

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • Fine permanent pen (for writing on laminated maps)

  • OS Explorer 17 1:25,000 Snowdon & Conwy Valley (ideally laminated if not bring a map case) (Can be purchased from our shop)

  • Old trainers and clothes for the river crossing

  • Altimeter (if you have one)

  • GPS (if you have one)

  • Language phrase book

  • Environmental crib sheets

  • Flower, moss, lichen, geology books

  • Laptop(if you have one)

  • Digital camera (if you have one)

At this level we expect students to have most of their own equipment. It is possible to borrow the following items from our equipment stores:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Walking boots

  • Gaiters (optional)

  • Rucksack (day)

  • Compass

Plas y Brenin will provide all ropes for use during the course

Customer Reviews For This Course

Great course, interesting content

Darren Axe

Highly recommended course for those looking to progress through the IML scheme. Accommodation is comfortable and the instructors very knowledgeable and thorough.

Great info

Lots of tea and cakes, actually too much tea and cakes.

A rather relaxing course that I expected to be a bit more intense.

Lots of information on the greater ranges, while great info it was at the expense of information about Europe which is where the qualification is necessary rather than voluntary.

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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