The Mountain Leader qualification is the outdoor industries gold standard award. The dedication required is high and Bryn Williams loves 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 my 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.
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.
Requirements to attend:
- Registered with Mountain Training for the Mountain Leader.
- 20 Quality Mountain Days.
- 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.
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.