MOUNTAIN LEADER

The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for people who want to introduce and lead people in mountainous country in the UK and Ireland. The scheme began in the 1960s and today Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country. The award offers the opportunity to learn best practice and prove competence in mountain leadership and is recognised by private companies, local authorities, the Health and Safety executive and the Adventure Activities Licensing Service as the appropriate qualification for those leading walking groups in the UK mountains.

For the purpose of the Mountain Leader scheme, 'mountainous country' may be defined as wild country which may contain unavoidable steep and rocky ground where walkers are dependent upon themselves for immediate help.

The scheme is open to all hillwalkers who are at least eighteen years of age and interested in leading in the mountains.

STAGES IN THE MOUNTAIN LEADER SCHEME

  1. Gain personal walking experience in the UK mountains. This should amount to at least twenty walking days over a period of at least twelve months in mountainous areas (e.g. Highlands of Scotland, Lake District, Snowdonia, Mourne Mountains and others).
  2. Register for the Mountain Leader scheme with Mountain Training. In order to do this you will need to be a current member of a UK mountaineering council e.g. British Mountaineering Council (BMC).  Registering for the scheme will give you access to a digital logbook where you can record your walking experience.
  3. Attend a Mountain Leader Training course.
  4. Consolidate experience between training and assessment courses.
  5. Attend a Mountain Leader Assessment course. Prior to attending the assessment course you must have logged a minimum of 40 Quality Mountain Days in at least 3 different mountainous regions of the UK and Ireland. You must have logged at least 8 nights camping, at least 4 of which must be wild camping. You must have a current, valid first aid certificate.

SYLLABUS

At assessment competency is assessed in the following syllabus areas:

  • Group management
  • Navigation
  • Access and the environment
  • Hazards (including steep ground and rivers) and emergency procedures
  • Equipment
  • Expedition skills
  • Weather
  • Background knowledge

Further information about the Mountain Leader scheme can be found in the Mountain Leader handbook

MOUNTAIN LEADER TRAINING - SPLIT WEEKEND COURSE

Price and duration: £400 (6 days)

This six-day course runs over three weekends in the Peak District, Lake District and Snowdonia and covers all areas of the Mountain Leader syllabus. The training course is a mixture of practical sessions on the hill and theory sessions covering areas such as emergency procedures and mountain weather. Youth hostel accommodation is included in the Peak District and Snowdonia............. more info


MOUNTAIN LEADER TRAINING - WEEK COURSE

Price and duration: £400 (6 days)

This course runs over six continuous days visiting two mountain areas and covers all major aspects of the ML syllabus. The first two days are spent in the High Peak focusing on navigation, group management and mountain weather. The second half of the course focuses on looking after groups on steep ground and expediton skills............ more info


MOUNTAIN LEADER ASSESSMENT - SPLIT COURSE

 

Price and duration: £400 (5 days)

We run a five-day assessment course which is run over two weekends (one a long weekend Fri to Sun) in the Peak District and the Lake District. The first long-weekend is spent in the High Peak from bunkhouse accommodation in the Hathersage area. The second long-weekend consists of a three day (two night) expedition in the Lake District............ more info


MOUNTAIN LEADER ASSESSMENT - WEEK COURSE

Price and duration: £400 (5 days)

This Mountain Leader assessment course runs over five consecutive days in the Peak District and the Lake District. The first two days are spent in the High Peak before we set off on a three day (two night) expedition in the Lake District............ more info