Mountain Leader – Assessment

Lake District or Snowdonia
5 days
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This five day assessment course, taking in a three day expedition with wild camping will test your leadership skills in the hills. Before attending the course candidates must either have completed the summer Mountain Leader training course or been granted exemption from training by Mountain Training.

All of our courses are delivered by our small core team of Mountaineering Instructors (all of which are MCI’s or WMCI’s) who have lots of experience in delivering Mountain Leader courses as well as working delivering a range of activities to a variety of different clients. For us assessment courses are all about setting an atmosphere in which everyone feels welcome and able to perform at their best with the minimum of stress. We know assessments are a challenge – we’ve been there! So we work hard to ensure you get the best out of yourself when it matters, making the assessment experience as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.


Accommodation Options

For every course we run we offer both a residential and a non-residential option. If you choose our residential option then the accommodation will be available for you the night before your course starts through to the morning you leave for your expedition. Please note you will need to self-cater and depending on the gender split you may be staying in a mixed gender dorm.

For our Lake District Courses we use the following accommodation providers – High Wray Acland Bunkhouse or Denton House (Depending on course dates, see below)

For our Snowdonia Courses we use the following accommodation provider- White Peris


2019 Course Dates & Location

21st – 25th October: Acland Bunkhouse, High Wray (near Ambleside), Lake District.


2020 Course Dates & Location

April 14th – 18th Acland Bunkhouse, High Wray (near Ambleside), Lake District.

May 23rd – 27th :White Peris, Dinorwic (near Llanberis), Snowdonia.

July 26th – 30th : Denton House, Keswick, Lake District.

August 23rd – 27th : White Peris, Dinorwic (near Llanberis), Snowdonia.

October 26th – 30th Denton House, Keswick, Lake District.


Course Prices

Residential £450pp or Non-Residential £400pp*

simply enter the following discount code non-residential-ml(a)  at the checkout.

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  • Bursary Funding Available

    Our sister company Adventure Expeditions is a not-for-profit company with year-end ‘profits’ being used to meet one of its core aims: to help widen participation in outdoor activities.


    As part of this bursary programme applications are welcomed from staff at non-fee-paying schools and volunteer leaders who wish to attend an NGB qualification where the main purpose of undertaking this is to lead young people in the outdoors. Support from AE bursaries is given towards Mountain Leader courses in the form of:


    A £150 contribution towards Mountain Leader course fees, to help train/assess leaders so they can lead outdoor activity programmes/courses/expeditions for young people in the future.


    To be eligible for this bursary funding you have to either be currently working in a non-fee-paying school or working voluntarily, delivering outdoor activities to young people (or have the intention to do so upon completion of the award).


    Please email us and we’ll provide you with a short application form – return this and, if we can grant the funding, we will provide you with a code allowing you to book online with a £150 discount.


    For more information and to apply please email us on:      [email protected]

  • Course Syllabus

    As an accredited Mountain Training course provider for the ML award we always ensure we are up to date with the latest syllabus developments and training methods. Below is a list of the main key topic areas of the Mountain Leader Assessment Syllabus:


    • Group management
    • Navigation
    • Access and the environment
    • Hazards (including steep ground and rivers) and emergency procedures
    • Equipment
    • Expedition skills
    • Weather
    • Background knowledge


    For more detailed information please take a look at the- Mountain Leader Handbook

  • Course Format

    On this course we will choose the content of each day to make the best use of the prevailing weather and mountain conditions. As such it isn’t possible to provide a definitive programme, however please view our sample itinerary below and use it as a rough guide:


    Day 1, Intro’s & Mountain Journey

    On the first day of your course you’ll meet your course director and assessor/s and they’ll go through the format of the week with you and explain how the assessment process will work, as well as answering any questions you may have. Afterwards you’ll head out onto the hill and go on a mountain journey where you’ll be given various navigation legs to lead as well as plenty of opportunity to share your mountain knowledge.


    Day 2, Steep Ground 

    On this day you’ll go on a journey through a variety of steep ground and you’ll be given several opportunities to display your leadership and group management skills.


    Day 3-5, Mountain Expedition

    For the final three days of your assessment you’ll take part in a mountain expedition, with two nights spent wild camping. During this you’ll get plenty of opportunity to display your leadership and navigation skills, as well as your mountain knowledge. If poor visibility isn’t experienced during the day, then you will also take part in a night navigation session or two.


    At the end of your course you’ll sit down with the course director and be given feedback on how you got on and your assessment result.

  • Course Pre-Requisites

    In order to attend an assessment course you must have:


    • You must have attended a Mountain Leader training course (or have been granted exemption)
    • You must be familiar with the syllabus
    • You must have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK and Ireland
    • You must hold a current first aid certificate, minimum 16 hours and relevant to your work as a Mountain Leader
    • You must have logged at least 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping


    For further information about the requirements of QMD’s please visit- http://www.mountain-training.org/walking/skills-and-awards/mountain-leader/ml-award-faqs 

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