Mountain Leader Award

Posted by Jon Garside on 17/12/2010
What does the Mountain Leader Award cover?

The Mountain Leader Award (ML) was established in 1964 to promote the safe enjoyment of our hills and mountains. The scheme provides training and assessment in the skills required to lead summer walking parties in the hills, mountains and moorlands of Britain and Ireland.

Whilst fostering a love of the hills in their groups, leaders should also make them aware of the nature of rural communities, the needs of other hill users, and the fragility of many upland habitats. Consideration of these aspects is vital if the mountain environment is to be protected.

It is the combination of technical skills, personal experience and leadership qualities which form the basis for effective group leadership. The ML scheme assesses all these aspects and the ML handbook lays out the award in more detail.

If planning on progressing through the ML, first register for the scheme with a home nation training board. You can view forthcoming courses in England and Wales.  Alternatively contact English and Welsh providers direct, to see when they are delivering courses.

The films of all the awards available in the UK can be viewed on the BMC website. Alternatively, contact Mountain Leader Training England for a copy of the comprehensive DVD.

it does not cover walking in winter - for that see the Winter Mountain Leader.


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