Winter Mountaineering And Climbing Instructor Assessment
Mountain Training Award
You'll be assessed on all aspects of climbing and mountaineering, in winter conditions over 4 days. You'll need to demonstrate the skills, judgement and decision making covered in the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Syllabus to a team of assessors. This non-residential course will be delivered from our scenic winter base in Scotland, the Alltshellach hotel in North Ballachulish.
To be successful, you'll demonstrate that you have the skills, judgement and decision making covered in the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Syllabus.
* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.
What to Expect
The four day programme will be arranged to take account of weather and other considerations, in such a way as to satisfy the spirit and detail of the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor syllabus. The four days are generally split into the following four areas;
Emphasis on movement on snow, ice, broken ground, use of rope for security, avalanche evaluation
Emphasis on safe competent winter climbing on snow and ice at Grade 3 or above
Graded climbing with two mock students for two days. This should include a progression in teaching
Graded climbing with two mock students for two days, continued. This should include a progression in teaching.
You must have attended a Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Training course and then gained the following experience as an absolute minimum; 10 days in the mountains managing parties in winter conditions 5 days climbing experience at Grade III or above Candidates who have only the minimum experience are unlikely to benefit fully from either the training or assessment course.
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.
This is a non-residential course, so please organise your own food and accommodation for the duration of the course. Your equipment hire and in-course transport is included. 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. The address of Plas y Brenin in Scotland is HF Holidays Alltshellach, Onich, Fort William, Inverness-Shire PH33 6SA.
As this is an assessment, you're expected to be self-sufficient for equipment (access to our extensive range is the norm on our courses for future reference). All ropes used will be supplied by Plas y Brenin. Your mock students can borrow technical equipment from our kit store on the Teaching Climbing day.
You should be practised, competent and familiar with all aspects of the Winter Mountaineering and Climbing Instructor Syllabus, including having recent personal and instructional experience. You'll benefit from having considerably more experience than the minimum requirements to be successful at assessment.