Summer Mountain Leader Award: everything you need to know

Posted by Tina Gardner on 20/01/2014

Thinking of doing your ML? Here's a quick round-up of the key things you need to know.

Who’s it for?  People who want to lead groups of hill walkers in mountainous or remote areas, without planning to use a rope. It is used by a wide range of people including teachers, youth workers, outdoor instructors and volunteers.

What’s it all about?  Key topics include navigation, group management, expedition skills, emergency procedures, the weather and the environment. Personal experience is essential so this award is perfect for people who love having adventures in the mountains and want to share this passion with others.

How does it work?  Get some personal experience  → do a training course → consolidate your learning → go for assessment → continue developing as a Mountain Leader.  

The length of time this all takes depends on how much experience you already have, how close you live to the mountains and how psyched you are to get out and develop your skills.  There are providers the length and breadth of the country so just register with Mountain Training and then find a suitable course.

Where can I use it?  The award is designed for use in the mountainous regions of the UK and Ireland. That said, the award is widely respected and many Mountain Leaders have used it overseas.

Why do it?  Because you love the mountains and want to give other people the opportunity to enjoy them too.

Read our interview with a Mountain Leader get a personal perscpective.

This article is part of a series of articles celebrating Mountain Training’s 50th anniversary year in 2014.



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