Mountain qualifications


Summer Mountain Leader Award - Dates for 2016


Summer ML Training


Course dates


How to book

5th - 10th June 2016

Glen Coe

To book a Summer ML Training course please click the bookings button below and fill out our enquiry form or alternatively, call us on: 07742 378334.



28th August - 2nd September 2016

Glen Coe



Summer ML Assessment


Assessment dates


How to book

19th - 23rd September 2016

Glen Coe

To book a Summer ML Assessment please click the bookings button below and fill out our enquiry form or alternatively, call us on: 07742 378334.




If advertised dates are not suitable we are happy to run bespoke courses with a minimum of 4 students, please get in touch to discuss availability.


Summer Mountain Leader Training

The Summer Mountain Leader training is conducted over 6 days, with 1 overnight camp. At the end of the course you will be given a detailed individual debrief, a training course report and proof of attendance, allowing you to book onto an assessment course when you feel ready.

To be eligible for a place on the course you must have registered on the Mountain Leader Scheme - click here to register - have been issued a log book and completed the prerequisites as stated in the award handbook.


Sample Programme - ML Training


Day 1

Introduction to the week and what is expected of a Mountain Leader and an introduction to navigation techniques. We will be out and about on a local hill and in the evening there will be a ropework session.

Day 2

A steep ground day, concentrating on skills that are required to safely use a rope in unplanned situations. In the evening there will be a presentation on mountain weather and our understanding of what we need know about it as an ML.

Day 3

Our journey and leadership day. Today we will be looking at route choice and group management in various types of terrain. In the evening there will be an opportunity to ask plenty of questions during our "What Comes Next" session, and how best to prepare for assessment.

Day 4

In the morning we'll cover Emergency Procedures, Mountain Rescue and Medical Emergencies followed by a wet session in the afternoon with a river crossing workshop. There will be a discussion on The Outdoor Access Code and what it means to us before having the rest of the evening off to pack for our expedition.

Days 5 + 6

An overnight camping expedition with a focus on environmental input and navigation. There will usually be a night navigation exercise. Course will finish by around 5pm.


Summer Mountain Leader Assessments

Summer ML Assessments are conducted over 5 days with 2 overnight camps. You will be seen by a minimum of 2 staff and given a result at the end of the last day.


Sample Programme - ML Assessment


Day 1

Incident management and water hazards with a review of the home paper in the evening.

Day 2

Party management on steep ground.

Days 3-5

Expedition. Course ends by 5pm on day 5.




If you have booked or are planning to book an assessment either with ourselves or another provider we offer Refresher days and weekends. These are completely tailored to areas that you feel you would like to brush up on and can include any aspect of the Summer or Winter Mountain Leader Award or the Single Pitch Award.


Kit List


To check out the kit you will need for Summer ML training and assessments, please download our Summer Mountain Leader Checklist here.