Mountain Leader

Mountain Leader

We run both Mountain Leader (ML) training and assessment courses using our centre in Snowdonia, North Wales, as an ideal base. We use highly competent instructors to run the courses who have experience of working with young people and adults on the mountains of Wales and the rest of the UK. The ML qualification trains and assesses a candidate in the skills needed to lead walking groups up any mountain within the UK under summer conditions.

Mountain Leader Training

Training Dates:

1st-6th December 2019


£350 non residential
£410 residential

Our ML training courses are thorough and up-to date. We use experienced instructors who have run many mountain leader courses and importantly take many different groups into the mountains on a regular basis. We will cover all aspects of the syllabus, while tailoring each course, so that extra time is spent on the topics you need to work on.

At the end of the course you will receive individual debriefs on your current standard and key areas to develop if you are aiming for assessment. The course doesn’t end on the last day though, we can also offer advice and answer questions as you practice and develop your mountain leader skills.

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ML Training Programme

ML Training Programme

Day 1: Initial introductions at the centre before moving on to the Welsh hills. Overview of the requirements and the skills needed to be a Mountain Leader. Particularly looking at navigation, route choice and general group management. Evening workshop on mountain weather.
Day 2: After reviewing the weather, further work on macro and micro navigation in the mountains. During the day the contents of a leaders rucksac will be evaluated plus a continued overview on the mountain environment. Further work on route choice and methods of managing groups. Evening workshop on emergency evacuation.
Day 3: Security on steep ground. We move onto a variety of rocky or steep ground features and look at safely managing a group in this ground. This will include grade 1 scrambling ground. Evening workshop introducing the rope and uses of an overhand knot.
Day 4: Ropework day. Selecting anchors to safeguard steep steps on ascent and descent. Using the rope to safeguard the group and an emergency leader abseil. Confidence roping up and down slopes. Evening workshop on legal responsibilities of a Mountain Leader plus initial preparation for the expedition.
Day 5 & 6: Mountain expedition over the Snowdonia hills. Two days out in the mountains with a wild camp and overview of camp skills. This will include poor visibility navigation and further work on route choice. River crossings will be covered as well over these two days. Return to the centre for debriefs to finish by 1630.

Mountain leader assessment

Assessment Dates:

18th – 22nd March 2019

13th-18th May 2019


£350 non residential
£380 residential

Our assessors are supportive and friendly and keen to help you perform to your full potential during your Mountain Leader assessment. They have assessing experience so know the exact standard required, allowing you to receive a fair ML assessment.

We make sure you are clear on exactly what is required each day and give plenty of time for you to ask questions for clarification. We also see the assessment as an opportunity for further training and hope that you will come away from the course with further useful mountain skills.

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ML Assessment Programme

Day 1: Navigation overview on the mountain and initial look at environmental knowledge and route choice.
Day 2: Group management on steep ground. Looking after a group on rocky steps, steep slopes and loose ground as we travel through the mountains. This will include emergency use of a rope.
Day 3, 4 & 5: Mountain expedition days with two wild camps over the ranges in Snowdonia. We will make sure that poor visibility navigation is covered, awareness of mountain hazards, and provide a safe, while enjoyable, day for your group. Debriefs will follow the expedition back at the centre to finish by 1630.


We can provide catered and self catered accommodation during your ML training or assessment course at our centre in Snowdonia, North Wales. This would start on the evening of day 1 of each course. Extra nights can be booked either the night before or after the course. There are shared rooms in the centre or individual rooms at an extra premium. There are communal areas to relax around the centre in the evenings or a friendly public house next door. Self catering prices are £15 pppn, catered £30 pppn.


For Mountain Leader training courses you need to pre-register with Mountain Training and bring along an up to date log book. For the Mountain Leader assessment you need to have either attended a ML training course or have been granted exemption by Mountain Training. You will also need a valid first aid certificate, completed profile page and relevant experience documented.