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Mountain Leader Award

This is the national award for leaders with some hillwalking experience wishing to take groups into the hills and mountains of the UK in summer conditions. Week-long courses are run during the Easter or autumn half-term school holidays. Courses are partly residential at Hagg Farm and partly on expedition in the mountainous areas of the Lake District or North Wales. During training, candidates learn a full range of navigation and leadership skills and the techniques for safety and security on steep ground. Participants must register with the MTE prior to the training course. Contact MTE (Mountain Training England) www.mountain-training.org
Self-catering accommodation is available in the John Hunt Base as an option for participants.
Please send details of your registration with your application.

Participants on the Mountain Leader assessment course must:

  • be registered with the MTE
  • have completed training or gained exemption from training from the MTE
  • have completed a minimum of 40 quality mountain days and fulfilled all the logbook requirements as set out in the syllabus
  • have a current, valid first aid award (minimum 16 hours assessed courses e.g.
    ‘Emergency’ 2 day course).

Training course objectives

  • to provide training in the essential skills of the ML syllabus
  • to give candidates sufficient information and skills to prepare (through further experience) for assessment. (The training course is not a qualification in itself.)

Contribution to leader competence - assessment course

  • a further development of skills, knowledge and experience
  • successful completion will result in the Mountain Leader Award.

Course dates

Event date Application closing date
Tuesday 30 October to Sunday 4 November 2018 Monday 8 October 2018
Saturday 6 April to Thursday 11 April 2019 Monday 18 February 2018


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