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.
See the Mountain Training website for more info.
It does not cover walking in winter - for that see the Winter Mountain Leader.
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