Mountain Leader Assessment Summer - Non Residential
Mountain Training Award
This is a non-residential five-day Mountain Leader assessment course that will really test your leadership skills in the hills. You'll need to show that you have all the skills needed to lead groups safely on mountain walks; including strong navigation skills, leadership ability and environmental knowledge. Within the week you’ll take in a three-day expedition with wild camping out in beautiful Snowdonia as your experience on our Mountain Leader training course and consolidation period is put to the test.
- To assess your previous learning on a Mountain Leader training course and time spent consolidating skills and gaining experience, against the syllabus requirements. - To become qualified as a Mountain Leader.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
You'll have two quality mountain days with theoretical evening sessions in the centre including a paper exercise, then we’ll go out on a three-day expedition.
Before you book onto a Mountain Leader assessment, make sure you have done the following:
Completed a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption) and a consolidation period prior this assessment. Familiarised yourself with the syllabus Logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK and Ireland Gained a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Mountain Leader Logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping
Why Choose Plas y Brenin?
Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.
If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.
When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.
Be prepared for walking in the mountains every day with your own personal equipment and bring your overnight expedition kit too. We will supply expedition food for residential candidates, but please bear in mind you will be out for two nights, so you may wish to bring along some of your own favourites as well. If you are not staying with us, you will need to bring all of your own food.
You will be asked to demonstrate what you need to carry as a mountain leader. A typical brief might suggest that you are meeting a group of strangers tomorrow to take for a hill walk. What would you, as a mountain leader, carry? We will however supply any ropes that might be used.
You will be expected to use your own maps. We will operate in the area covered by Ordnance Survey Explorer Sheet 17 (Snowdon and Conwy Valley) and Ordnance Survey Landranger sheet 115 Snowdon and Caernarfon. If we go off these maps Plas y Brenin will provide the maps. If we use maps of a different scale or style Plas y Brenin will provide these too.
You will also need your Home Paper (you could just upload this to your Dlog files if you wish) and your first aid certificate (also could be uploaded to Dlog files) and come along prepared to give a five-minute talk on the upland environment whilst out during the day.
You should spend some time consolidating your Mountain Leader Training by following the action plan you drew up during that course. You will need to meet the pre-requirements for the assessment course as outlined in Experience Required. We recommend you that you treat the 40 quality mountain days as a minimum.
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