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Mountaineering Instructor Award Refresher

Course Overview

This course is designed to help mountaineering instructor trainees during preparation for assessment or MIA holders who'd like to bring themselves up to date with current practice. It gives trainees a chance to ask any questions about the assessment and brush up on any weak areas whilst also helping current MIA Award holders to gather some valuable CPD experience. Practical work includes teaching climbing on multipitch routes and managing clients on steep ground.

Experience Required

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Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Pre- requisites

Students should have completed an MIA training course.  Candidates for re-assessment days are also welcomed.

Course Content

The course will start with a discussion to determine your needs.  With a high staff to student ratio, it is usually possible to address individual’s needs.  The weekend will be weather dependant, although we will have use of the climbing wall if necessary.  We intend to look at the areas which candidates tend to need most practice and revision on:

  • Teaching multi-pitch climbing
  • Introducing lead climbing
  • Crag evacuation
  • Short-roping in ascent and descent

The day begins with breakfast and collection of packed lunches at 8am.  After a 9am meeting on the first morning of the course, the usual time to meet your course staff will be 9.15am.  We return from a full day of activity for tea and cakes by 5pm.  Some evenings there will be a further session, usually classroom based, at 5.30pm.  Dinner is at 7pm, and on some nights there will be a general interest slide show and talk at 8pm, if you would like to attend.  During your stay the climbing wall is free to all students.

The Venue

Plas y Brenin lies in the heart of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales, overlooked by the majestic Snowdon Horse Shoe.  Nestled in a rocky valley on the shores of Llynau Mymbyr, the twin lakes, the centre offers mountain views and relaxation.  Yet all the ingredients of a great adventure lie at our doorstep.

We are uniquely sited for rock climbing and mountain walking, only minutes away are some of Britain’s best mountain crags and ridges.  The rock is of the highest quality and the climbs have a long mountaineering history.  Travelling is kept to a minimum but if weather is bad we may escape to the more coastal cliffs in the rain shadow of the high mountains.  Climbing goes on in North Wales all year round, if you know where to go.  

The Accommodation

Originally a coaching inn drawing travellers between London and Dublin, Plas y Brenin retains its character despite years of improvements.  Our rooms are small and comfortable, with single beds and soft duvets.  While most rooms are twin, there are some singles, and some with three or four beds.  All rooms are en-suite, all have tea and coffee making facilities, and most have a view.

A full breakfast and dinner are served each day in the dining room.  Each night there is a choice of starter, delicious main course and dessert (including vegetarian options).  Afterwards, retire to the bar, overlooking the ski slope and the lake, with views to the mountains.  Each morning rolls, fruit, cake and biscuits will be laid out, for you to make up a packed lunch.

Useful Books

The following titles are relevant to most of the syllabus and should be studied carefully. Recommended by and available from Plas-y-Brenin:
  • Complete Guide to Rope Techniques by Nigel Shepherd
  • Handbook of Climbing by Fyffe & Peter
  • Hillwalking by Steve Long (MLTUK official publication)
  • Rock Climbing by Libby Peter (MLTUK official publication)

Also recommended reading:
  • Rock climbing for Instructors by A. Richardson
  • The Mountain Training Handbook by P. Hill and S. Johnson

The following titles are relevant to specific syllabus topics and should be available through libraries, climbing bookshops, or Cordee Book Distributors (Tel: 01533 543 579).
  • The Birds of Britain and Europe by Heinzel (Collins 1987)
  • The Wild Flower Key by Francis Rose (Warner)
  • The Mammals of Britain & Europe by Corbet and Ovenden (Collins)
  • The State of the World’s Mountains by Peter Stone
  • Freedom to Roam by Hill (Moreland)
  • British National Parks by Lacey
  • Mountain Weather by D. Pedgley (Cicerone)
  • Wilderness Search & Rescue  by Setnicka
  • Performance Climbing by Dale Goddard

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

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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)

  • OS Landranger 115 1:50,000 Snowdon (ideally laminated if not bring a map case) (Can be purchased from our shop)

For MIA Refresher you will also need:

  • Rock shoes

  • Harness

  • Helmet

  • Climbing rack

  • 2-3m of 5-6mm cord for prussic loops

Plas y Brenin will provide all ropes for use during the course. If you plan to climbing in your free time you will need your own ropes.

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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