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International Mountain Leader Winter Assessment

Course Overview

The IML Winter Assessment is based course from Oberjoch in Bavaria. This course assesses the skills and techniques required for an IML to safely lead groups in appropriate terrain in winter conditions.
This assessment is the final stage candidates are required to complete before qualifying as International Mountain Leaders. Technical areas assessed include personal movement skills with and without snowshoes, use of ice axe and ropes as emergency tools, transceiver use and search skills, snow pack evaluation, avalanche awareness and use of maps and guides for planning appropriate winter journeys.

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

IML Summer Assessment and IML Winter Training


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Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

This is a non-residential course based from the Hotel Alpengastof Löwen, Oberjoch, Bavaria


Please arrive at the Hotel Alpengastof Löwen for 9am on the morning of the first day of the course where the instructors will meet you. Following a short briefing, you will then need to be prepared for a day out snow shoeing.


www.loewen-oberjoch.de



Pre requisites for assessment


This course assesses the skills and techniques required for an IML to safely lead groups in appropriate terrain in winter conditions.


Before the final Winter IML Assessment, all candidates must have passed the Summer IML Assessment and completed at least 30 quality winter mountain days in total, of which a minimum of ten should be overseas.


This assessment is the final stage candidates are required to complete before qualifying as International Mountain Leaders. Technical areas assessed include personal movement skills with and without snowshoes, use of ice axe and ropes as emergency tools, transceiver use and search skills, snow pack evaluation, avalanche awareness and use of maps and guides for planning appropriate winter journeys.


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


Log book or Dlog


You need to bring along a completed logbook/Mountain Training registration number for Dlog that includes evidence of the following:


  • Thirty quality winter mountain days (ten overseas)

  • Further experience as appropriate

  • Record of Summer Assessment pass and a 5 day IML winter training course

  • Record of pass from speed navigation test (undertaken during the summer training course)

  • Home Preparation Paper - completed - available to download here

  • Prepare three 5 minute Environmental Presentations - details below

Please prepare three 5 minute talks from any of the following areas, or from a topic of your own choice which interests you in relation to the Winter IML Award. One of the three talks should involve the group in some activity. These talks will be delivered whilst on the hill and will be an assessed part of syllabus.



  • Winter Nature

  • Winter Weather

  • Animal Tracks in Winter

  • Conflicts in the Winter Landscape

  • Avalanche Transceivers

  • Group Equipment for Winter Days

  • Cold Weather Hazards

  • Use of Ski Areas for Winter Travel by IML Leaders

  • History of Show Shoeing

  • Eye and Skin Protection in the Winter

  • Probing and Shovelling Techniques in Avalanche Rescue

  • Tree Adaptation to the Winter Environment

  • Slope Angle Management and Recognition on Map


The assessment will be finished by 5pm on the last day after results and individual debriefs. If candidates are planning to leave the resort to return home on the final day, please be aware that the course will finish at 5pm.


Syllabus and assessment content


More than just "coping with winter" this course aims to assess your ability to look after your group on snow - whatever the season. Over the five days we will assess your understanding of the following topics:



  • Winter leadership and group care in winter conditions

  • Personal movement skills on snow (with and without snowshoes)

  • Route choice, terrain evaluation, and safe travel

  • Avalanche awareness and snow pack evaluation

  • Transceiver use and search techniques

  • Snow craft and use of ice axe for safeguarding the party

  • Emergency winter rope work, including simple snow belays

  • Dealing with accidents - emergency shelters and cold injuries

  • Use of maps, guides, and weather information for planning


As always, the skills of navigating will form an integral part of each day's assessment. Throughout the five days, time will be spent questioning your knowledge of all aspects of the winter environment. At the end of each day, there will be an opportunity for feedback from the assessor.


Please ensure you have completed your home paper and prepared your talks (as outlined at the start of your home paper) - available to download here.



This is a non-residential course based from the Hotel Alpengastof Löwen, Oberjoch, Bavaria www.loewen-oberjoch.de


A variety of accommodation can be found in both Oberjoch and Bad Hindelang www.badhindelang.de



The Hotel Alpengastof Löwen is located approximately at number 17.


Map of Oberjoch

Language


As a leader in a foreign country it is desirable to be able to speak a little of the local language. We are not expecting you to go on a crash course but coming equipped with a phrase book or dictionary and a willingness to get stuck in is vital. Leaders will be expected to communicate with hut wardens, book transport and manage a mock rescue in the local language.


Insurance


Each course member must have with them and show proof of insurance for the duration of the course on the first morning - i.e. personal accident, rescue and repatriation. You should also have a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which will give you reciprocal health care rights.


We strongly recommend that you also take out cancellation cover insurance.


Additional costs


This course is non-residential. You are responsible for finding your own food and accommodation for the duration of this course.


The course fee does not include:



  • Food and accommodation

  • Travel to and from venue

  • Uplift


Travel


If you want to arrange transport with other members of the course, you can put your details on our Travel Message Board.


Please do not leave your travel arrangements until the last minute as this will inevitably lead to frustration and additional expense.


The web site www.bavaria.travel/getting-there provides details of road and rail link from all major cities in the area



Staffing


The course will be run by qualified IML's and Guides from Plas y Brenin.


Further Information


Mountain Training website for the syllabus, award scheme information and MTE processes and procedures.


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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.

    Instruction/coaching


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


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Accommodation For This Course

International Mountain Leader Winter Assessment- Bavaria

The course is non-residential, there is no food or accommodation included.
The course will be based from the Hotel Alpengastof Löwen in Oberjoch

Please arrive at the Hotel Alpengastof Löwen for 9am on the morning of the first day of the course where the instructors will meet you. Following a short briefing, you will then need to be prepared for a day out snow shoeing.

Hotel-Alpengasthof 'Löwen'
Paßstraße 17
D-87541
Oberjoch
Bad Hindelang
Tel: 08324 9730
reservierung@loewen-oberjoch.de
www.loewen-oberjoch.de

The Hotel-Alpengasthof 'Löwen'is located approximately at Number 17.
Map of Oberjoch

Getting to Oberjoch
The hotel is easily accessible from Memmingen, Munich, Stuttgart or Innsbruck airports and is situated just of the A7. You can easily get to the resort via public transport (train and bus) from Munich airport or there are car hire options from Munich Airport. Please allow approximately 2.5 hours drive from the Munich airport.
This website can help with planning travel to the area

follow this link for more details




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What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

As an experienced leader, please bring all your equipment for looking after and leading groups in the winter environment. Don't forget to include:


  • Group shelter + emergency hill rope/sling + karabiners

  • Ice axe

  • Snow shovel

  • Avalanche probe

  • Transceiver

  • All appropriate winter clothing and equipment


Maps
The maps you require for the assessment are:
Deutscher Alpenverien (DAV) Bayerische Alpen
BY2 Klenwalsertal and BY3 Allgauer Voralpen Ost 1:25000 scale


Maps can be bought from the train station in Sonthofen or in the bookshop in Oberstdorf, or from Stanfords maps (2-4 weeks waiting time) or via the DAV website (2-4 days).
It may be worth downloading View Ranger map tiles for this area although this is not essential. If you are having difficulty getting hold of these maps, please talk to your Instructor who has a few copies for loan.


Insurance


Each course member must have with them and show proof of insurance for the duration of the course on the first morning - i.e. personal accident, rescue and repatriation. You should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card, which will give you reciprocal health care rights. We strongly recommend that you also take out cancellation cover insurance.




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