Mountain Leader – Training

Lake District or Snowdonia
6 days
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The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for people who want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you’ll never look back (unless you’re checking your group’s still there!). Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country with all sorts of groups of people; from scouts and schoolchildren to outdoor instructors and OAPs. The qualification is what you make it and there are countless opportunities for passionate Mountain Leaders.

Mountain Leader training courses are our chance to help you become the best leader you can. For us, the essence of good instructing is the ability to tailor the delivery to the appropriate level for each individual and to make the best use of the mountain conditions that are available. As such we’ll use our wealth of experience and extensive local knowledge to select the best venues and opportunities to introduce the principles of each skill in the syllabus. We’ll give you lots of opportunities to practice, in a progressive manner, so that you’ll finish the course confident in your ability to apply these skills in a variety of different scenarios.

This award complements and supports the other walking awards administered by Mountain Training (Lowland Leader Award, Hill and Moorland Leader – formerly WGL). For further information on the awards that Mountain Training run, please see www.mountain-training.org and the infographic below:


Prior to attend the course you must have logged a minimum of 20 quality mountain days and have completed the registration process with www.mountain-training.org for the summer Mountain Leader award.

If you do not have the prerequisite 20 quality mountain days logged in your log book, the course director is obliged by mountain training to either ask you to leave the course or will not record your attendance on the course. The pre-experience is important as it allows the training to start at leadership level rather than a novice level.

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

2020 Course Dates & Location

April 13th – 18th : Acland Bunkhouse, High Wray (near Ambleside), Lake District.

May 23rd – 28th :White Peris, Dinorwic (near Llanberis), Snowdonia.

July 25th – 30th : Denton House, Keswick, Lake District.

August 22nd – 27th : White Peris, Dinorwic (near Llanberis), Snowdonia.

October 25th – 30th : Denton House, Keswick, Lake District.

2021 Course Dates & Location

April 5th – 10th: Central Fells, Lake District.

May 29th – June 3rd: Llanberis, Snowdonia.

July 24th – 29th: Central Fells, Lake District.

August 21st – 26th: Llanberis, Snowdonia.

October 24th – 29th: Central Fells, Lake District.


Course Prices

Residential £475pp or Non-Residential £400pp*

* simply enter the following discount code non-residential-ml(t) 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 Training 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 conditions, as well as the aspirations and ability of the team. 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, ML Scheme Pathway, & Fundamental Navigation Skills

    At the start of the course there will be a short classroom based session where your Course Director will go through the ML scheme structure and the format  for your course as well as answering any questions you may have. Afterwards you’ll head out onto the hill for the rest of the day where we’ll look at developing your navigation skills and environmental knowledge.


    Day 2, Intro to Security on Steep Ground 

    This day will be spent introducing you to the various skills required of a mountain leader when operating in steep ground, including various emergency rope-work techniques. In addition to this we’ll also look at other emergency scenarios and procedures.


    Day 3, Security on Steep ground Development Day

    This day will be spent putting all of the previous days skills into context. As such you’ll complete a mountain journey through sections of steep ground where you’ll get the chance to take turns of being the leader and managing the group whilst under the watchful eye of the Trainer so they can offer you feedback and their hard earned ‘top tips’.


    Day 4 – 6, Mountain Expedition

    For the final three days of the course you’ll take part in a three day mountain expedition, with two nights spent wild camping. During this you’ll get plenty of opportunity to develop your leadership and navigation skills, including a night navigation session. In addition to this we’ll also look to develop your general mountain knowledge on topics such as; geology, flora & fauna, local history and folklore, and mountaineering history.   At the end of your course you’ll sit down with the course director and be given feedback on how you got on and what to do next, including an action plan of how to prepare for your assessment.

  • Course Pre-Requisites

    In order to attend a training course you must have:


    • Registered with Mountain Training on the Mountain Leader Scheme (how to video available by clicking here)
    • Logged a minimum of 20 quality mountain days (QMD’s)



    Please note, if you do not have the prerequisite 20 quality Logged in your log book, the course director is obliged by mountain training to either ask you to leave the course or will not record your attendance on the course. The pre-experience is important as it allows the training to start at leadership level rather than a novice level.


    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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