Sandy Paterson Mountaineering

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Summer Mountain Leader Training

There are still a few places left on a Summer Mountain Leader Training Course that I am running with Bill in April. Please drop me a line if you are interested in booking or if you have any questions ( Info below:

Date: 24th to 29th April 2011

Location: Glen Coe

Price: £300 per person

Ratio: 1:6

Previous experience: To be eligible for a place on the course you must have registered on the Mountain Leader Scheme

Length: 6 day
Who is the course suitable for?
The mountains of the UK are remote, technical and exposed to harsh and unpredictable weather. This makes them a hazardous place for novice walkers and the ML is designed to help responsible leaders who wish to operate in mountainous terrain in summer conditions. ML courses develop your group management skills, the ability to navigate in all conditions, the ability to deal with mountain hazards (including steep ground) and increase your awareness of environmental issues. There is an expedition element to the scheme. The Mountain Leader scheme is overseen by Mountain Leader Training UK (MLTUK).

What does the course cover?
The course follows the MLTUK syllabus and comprises full practical days out in the mountains and evening lectures.

Sample Programme

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.

Day 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.

Where is the course held?
I offer this course in conjunction with Bill Strachan (MIC) 'Scotch on the Rocks Guiding' and it is bases out of Glen Coe.

The course cost does not inculde accommodation or food. There is lots of accommodation of all types in Glen Coe, please let us know if you would like help in organising somewhere for the duration of the course.

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