Mountain Leader

The Mountain Leader qualification is the outdoor industries gold standard award. The dedication required is high and we love sharing the journey with others as they undertake the training and progress towards assessment. Watching people perform well and succeed on assessment is one of the greatest highlights of our work.

If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you'll never look back (unless you're checking your group's still there!). Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country with all sorts of groups of people; from scouts and schoolchildren to outdoor instructors and ramblers. The qualification is what you make it and there are countless opportunities for passionate Mountain Leaders.

We base our courses from the Llanberis area of North Wales. Normally we meet in one of the cafes in the area at the start of each day with coffee and some theory before driving out to various locations within the Snowdonia National Park for the practical session. Courses are all run as non-residential, giving you the freedom to choose your own level of comfort for the duration of your course. There are plenty of different accommodation options in the Llanberis area.  

To attend the 6-day training course you'll need to first join the British Mountaineering Council and pay for the Mountain Leader registration (around £50 one off fee). This can all be done via Mountain Training's database system 'Tahdah'. This system will also give you aceess to the digital logbook (DLOG) where you'll be able to start populating your experience into.

Mountain Leader - Training Course

The training course is a fantastic 6 days (60 hours), which is mostly spent out in the mountains learning in the elements alongside likeminded people. The training also includes a 2-day, 1-night camping expedition where we need to be self-sufficient - this is always programmed as the final two days of the course.

Requirements to attend:
  • Registered with Mountain Training for the Mountain Leader.
  • 20 Quality Mountain Days.

  • Mountain Leader - Assessment Course

    Once you have completed your training course and gained the required experience you can attend the 5-day (60 hours) assessment course. The assessment includes a 3-day, 2-night camping expedition where we need to be self-sufficient throughout. The exped is the final 3-days of the course.

    Requirements to attend:
    • Attended training.
    • 40 Quality Mountain Days in three different regions of the UK.
    • 8 nights camping, including at least 4 nights wild camping.
    • Hold a valid first aid certificate.
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