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Winter Mountain Leader Assessment Preparation

Course Overview

Open to Trainees and Holders of the Winter Mountain Leader Award, this intensive 2 day course serves both as an update for anyone whose training or assessment course was completed some time ago, and as an opportunity for constructive criticism on areas of personal performance for those considering assessment. It is intended as a forum to look at current ideas, techniques and practices. It also provides an opportunity to raise questions and hopefully dismiss fears concerning assessment. Topics covered include winter navigation, weather and snow stability, emergency use of the rope and leadership. However the precise structure remains flexible to best suit the needs of the course members.

Experience Required

Open to Trainees and Holders of the Winter Mountain Leader Award

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?


This course is designed to be relevant to three groups of people associated with the Winter Mountain Leader award:


  1. Anyone planning to attend for assessment who did their training some time ago and wish to reassure themselves that they are current and up to date.

  2. Those who are considering their assessment and want to give an extra boost to their personal skills.

  3. Anyone who already holds the award, but would like to ensure their skills are up to date, particularly if they have not been very active recently.
 

What we cover


The course will start with a discussion to determine the needs of you, the student.  With a high staff to student ratio this is usually possible.  The weekend will be weather dependant, although we intend to look at the areas which candidates tend to need most practice and revision on:


  • Snow craft

  • Winter navigation

  • Poor visibility navigation if appropriate

  • Emergency rope work techniques

  • Leadership on steep ground

It is recommended a reasonable period of time elapses between attending this course and returning for assessment.  This allows a realistic period of consolidation.

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
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Alltshellach - Short Courses

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 you will depart after your course finishes at around 5pm on the final day.

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 tea and cakes on your final day.

If you wish to upgrade to a single occupancy room or to stay one extra night after your course 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 after your course finishes at around 5.00pm. Check out is at 5pm

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?

  • Personal mountain clothing

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers/salopettes

  • Warm hat and balaclava

  • Gloves and mitts - 1 to wear, 1 for spare and mitts to go over the top

  • Mountaineering boots

  • Gaiters

  • Crampons (with anti-balling plates)

  • Ice axes - 50/60cm shaft, slightly curved pick

  • Helmet

  • Day rucksack and liners

  • Expedition rucksack and liners

  • Sleeping bag (3/4 season)

  • Sleeping mat

  • Breathable bivi bag

  • Stove and fuel

  • Cooking and eating utensils

  • Snow goggles

  • Whistle

  • Survival bag - plastic type

  • Headtorch

  • Compass (Silva Expedition 4 recommended)

  • First aid kit and blister kit

  • OS Landranger No 41 1:50,000 Ben Nevis (ideally laminated if not bring a map case)

  • Snow shovel

  • Flask

  • Lunch box/bag

  • Fine permanent pen (for writing on laminated maps)

  • MT logbook and confirmation your registration has been approved for the award

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


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





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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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