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Mountaineering Instructor Certificate Assessment

Course Overview

Before attending you must have attended an MIC training course, have 10 logged days of winter party management post MIC training, have 5 logged days climbing at grade 2 or above post MIC training and hold a valid first aid certificate. The 4 day course assesses your mountaineering skills, your personal climbing at grade 3 and your teaching skills over two days.
This course is based at HF Holidays Country House Alltshellach near Glen Coe.

Experience Required

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

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

Before you book onto a Mountaineering Instructor Certificate assessment, make sure you have done the following:

  • You must have attended an MIC training course
  • You must be familiar with the syllabus
  • You must have logged in your DLOG a minimum of 10 days in the mountains managing parties in winter conditions
  • You must have logged in your DLOG a minimum of 5 days climbing experience at Grade III or above
  • You must have a valid first aid certificate. You can present either the original at assessment or scan this into your DLOG.


Here is a article by PyB Mountaineering Instructor on Pre-season Preparation for MIC Candidates


Course arrival and duration

Candidates should arrive early on the SATURDAY evening. There is an evening meal at 7.15pm and a course briefing will take place after. There will be four practical (and full) days of assessment on the hill. The course will normally finish after results and debriefs on the THURSDAY morning. 





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 Instructor Scheme syllabus. The days are generally split into the following areas:


Personal mountaineering 


  • Emphasis on movement on snow, ice, broken ground, use of rope for security, avalanche evaluation.


Personal Climbing


  • Emphasis on safe competent winter climbing on snow and ice at Grade 3 minimum.


Winter Instruction


  • Graded climbing with two students for two days. This should include a progression in teaching.


Winter Instruction


  • Graded climbing to include a route of Grade 2 minimum


In addition, there will be evening classroom or centre based sessions, covering some of the more theoretical aspects of the syllabus. These may include: 



  • The role of MIC Holders

  • Recent topical developments

  • Briefing for instructional day and meeting students


The winter mountain environment is genuinely hazardous and assessment courses will normally proceed irrespective of weather and snow conditions. Course directors make every effort to ensure that candidates are not exposed to unnecessary risk but it is essential to the process of the assessment of Winter Mountaineering Instructors that candidates are exposed to situations where real judgements about safety have to be made.





The Venue

We shall be based at HF Holidays House at Alltshellach, between Glencoe and Fort William on the West Coast of Scotland. This Victorian style stone building stands on the shores of Loch Linnhe, metres from the sea. Spectacular views are afforded out towards the Ballachulish Horseshoe, and along the Glencoe valley. We are ideally placed to access the major peaks in the Western Highlands including Ben Nevis, The Mamores, Creagh Meaghaidh, and the summits of Glencoe.





The Accommodation

We have sole use of the house, which is warm, friendly and comfortable, with its own bar, small shop, drying room, and roaring fires. Accommodation is in shared rooms with single beds and soft duvets, some en-suite. Dinner and breakfast are served in the spacious dining room. Meals and packed lunches are wholesome and suited to long, tiring days out on the hill. Vegetarian and other diets are catered for, if you let us know in advance. Alltshellach also has a pool and spa bath - so don't forget your swimming kit!


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Useful Books

The following books may prove useful (and most are available from Plas y Brenin):
  • Winter skills by Fyffe and Cunningham (MLTUK official publication)
  • Hillwalking by Steve Long (MLTUK official publication)
  • Rock Climbing by Libby Peter (MLTUK official publication)
  • Mountain Navigation by Peter Cliff
  • A Chance In A Million by Barton and Wright, published by Scottish Mountaineering Trust, available from BMC
  • The Handbook of Climbing by Fyffe & Peter
  • The Scottish Winter Mountains by Martin Moran
  • Mountaineering in Scotland by Bill Murray
  • Munroes in Winter by Martin Moran
  • Snow Sense By Fredstan & Fesler
  • “Cold Climbs” by Ken Wilson, in anticipation of the best winter in years!

See also the excellent "Winter Essentials" and "Alpine Essentials" DVDs from the BMC and MCofS

www.mltuk.org Website of the MLTUK

Reading relevant magazines, and the AMI newsletter, 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.

    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Equipment hire
    Snow safety equipment hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of swimming 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
    Accommodation the night after your course ends
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Alltshellach

Your accommodation for this course is in comfy en-suite rooms (normally shared) at Alltshellach, a fantastic hotel owned and run by HF Holidays. Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided. There is also a WiFi Lounge and swimming pool.

Your course fee includes accommodation the night before your course begins and the night after the course finishes.

All your meals are included - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal, starting with dinner on the night you arrive and finishing with breakfast on the day you leave.

If you wish to upgrade to a single occupancy room please contact the Plas y Brenin bookings team on 01690 720214 or bookings@pyb.co.uk.

HF Holidays are happy to extend your stay prior to your course or for additional nights after, to arrange this please contact then on 0208 7321247 or jamie-leewhite@hfholidays.co.uk.

Arrival and Departure

Please arrive at Alltshellach the evening before the start date of the course, for dinner at 7.15pm. An evening meal is provided on the night of arrival, but cannot be saved for people arriving later than 7.15pm, unless booked in advance (you can do this on your equipment loan form).

Departure is the morning after your course finishes with breakfast the following morning is also included. Check out is at 10am.

Please remember that winter in Scotland can mean snow and ice on roads and rail causing bad or impossible travel conditions; therefore, please allow plenty of time for your journey.

Plas y Brenin cannot be held responsible for adverse weather conditions and in this respect we cannot offer refunds or transfers of course fees. If you are late in arriving for a course we will do our best to help you make up for lost time! Please try to contact Plas y Brenin if you are delayed on route.

To contact a member of staff, please call Plas y Brenin main centre on 01690 720214.

The address of PyB in Scotland is Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Inverness-shire PH33 6SA.
If you are delayed please contact HF Holidays on 01855 821357 and let reception know.

Travel
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By Car
From the South, you can travel by car along the A82, through Glencoe and over the Ballachulish Bridge towards Fort William. When you reach Ballachlish Bridge, ake the second road on the right after crossing the bridge, signposted B863 Kinlochleven. Alltshellach is a short distance along on the right (approx. 400 yards).

By Train
You could also travel by train. Most trains leaving from London Euston will take you direct to Glasgow Central Station. A short walk will take you to Glasgow Queen Street Station, from where trains leave to Fort William. Fort William is 13 miles from Alltshellach. You can take the overnight sleeper from London Euston direct to Fort William.

Scottish Citylink Buses (tel: 0871 266 33 33 or www.citylink.co.uk) depart from Fort William High Street fairly regularly. Or take a taxi (approx. £15 with Blue Bird Taxis tel 01397 703000). Scottish Citylink also have a service from Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow (close to Glasgow Queen Street Station). Both will stop just past Ballachulish Bridge, just ask the driver when you get on.

The Plas y Brenin minibus will meet the Scottish Citylink Bus which leaves Glasgow at 6pm and arrives at approximately 8.34pm each evening, please let us know if you arriving on this bus by ticking the box on your equipment loan form. Details of how to reach Alltshellach from the main road are above.

By Bus
The final option is to travel by coach. National Express (tel 0871 781 8181 or www.nationalexpress.com) offer an extensive service throughout the country. Take a coach to Buchanan Bus Station, Glasgow. For onwards journey details from Glasgow, please see above.

By Plane
It is also possible to fly into Glasgow from major UK airports, and continue your journey across country from there.

If you are delayed please contact HF Holidays on 01855 821357 and let reception know. If you need to contact a member of Plas y Brenin staff, please call Plas y Brenin main centre on 01690 720214.

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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

Candidates are expected to provide all of their own equipment, with the exception of ropes. Plas y Brenin can provide Mock Students with all the equipment they need for the Teaching days. You should bring all normal clothing and mountaineering footwear suited to a Scottish Winter.


You will also need:


  • Lunch bag/box

  • Drinks bottle

  • MT logbook and paperwork

Alltshellach also has a pool - so don't forget your swimming kit!





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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