If you want to lead groups of hill walkers in winter conditions, look no further than the Winter Mountain Leader qualification. You'll learn how to safely lead and provide basic skills instruction to parties on hill walks within the UK under winter conditions. You'll need to show that you've built on the skills learnt through the Mountain Leader scheme to prepare you for the complexities associated with taking people out walking in winter conditions in the UK. This course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach hotel in North Ballachulish.
You'll achieve the qualification by showing development of the skills learnt through the Mountain Leader scheme to prepare you for the complexities associated with taking people out walking in winter conditions in the UK.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
The 5 days are generally split into the following areas
Movement on neve slopes (30-40°) with axe only
Use of axe for self-arrest
Introduction and teaching of ice axe and crampons
Assessment of weather conditions and avalanche potential
Grade I terrain
Personal performance on Grade 1 ground
Appropriate emergency ropework techniques in ascent and descent
Three day, two night winter mountain expedition::Ice craft and security on steep ground (especially in descent)::Movement up, down and across an ice step::Prepare the ground and safeguard your party::Descent of a short section of difficult winter terrain e.g. iced up rocks, narrow snow or rock ridge, cornice or short steep scarp slope::Equipment, ropes, axes, slings and krabs only::Overnight stay in a snowhole - bivouac skills::Navigation including poor visibility::Route finding::Management of a party in winter
Prior to assessment, you must;
hold the Mountain Leader qualification and have attended a Winter Mountain Leader training course.
have attended or have gained exemption from a training course;
have completed an absolute minimum of 40 QMDs under winter conditions, with at least 20 gained in Scotland, distributed over a period of at least three winter seasons (75% of the minimum requirements must be UK based and at least 50% gained in Scotland);
have completed at least 10 x Grade 1 or above named UK winter climbs or equivalent mountaineering routes;
hold a first aid certificate recognised as appropriate for the scheme.
identify your best 40 Winter QMDs in your logbooks.
We want to help you focus on achieving your goals so if you're staying with us, comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal, you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Your equipment hire, including snow safety equipment is included, as is in-course transport and parking. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified staff, to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development.
It is expected at this level that the candidate will have a good understanding of the clothing and equipment required. All ropes used will be supplied by us.
You'll be spending an arduous and demanding five days in the mountains for this assessment, so prepare accordingly.Candidates will be expected to complete the home research paper. This will test all areas of the syllabus but particularly::Winter weather::Snow structure and avalanche risks::Physiological hazards