As I've mentioned in other posts, I'm interested in completing the Mountain Leader Award (Summer).
Are there any other forum users that have completed this? Is there anything that you would recommend doing before the training course?
I lived up a mountain for a long time and got to know the area pretty well so have plenty of mountain experience, however, navigation is something that I definitely need to work on, as well as buying new equipment.
I'm between the training and the assessment. You're supposed to have done 20 or more 'quality mountain days' before the training course, though some of the people on my course hadn't, and as pedro says you need 40+ for assessment, and that has to be in different areas. Although the log book has a list of suitable upland areas in the UK, Plas y Brenin, where I did my training, were pretty firm that they wanted to see lots of stuff from Snowdonia, the Lakes and Scotland rather than things like the Brecon Beacons, Peak, Dartmoor etc.
Previous experience of wildcamping is useful for the training, and as I mentioned on your other thread, getting your nav up to a good standard before doing the training helps enormously - you're then picking up on other stuff rather than having to concentrate so much on getting the nav right on the course. For assessment you have to have had experience of leading and managing groups on the hills.
One of things I think a lot of people find tough on the ML is security on steep terrain and ropework. I've found doing some climbing has helped a lot with that, getting more confident in selecting anchors for example.
The training course is great and you will learn a lot but to get the best out of it brush up on your skills first.
At the end of the training course you will be advised what you require to do before returning for the assessment, which in itself is quite stressful as you are under constant assessment.
Best of luck
Where do you keep a log prior to the course? I think I may have seen it mentioned somewhere that you get one when you register?
<clips Weevil round the ear for being cheeky>
Yes I'm off to North Wales this weekend to play with the doggies up there again
I am between training a few years ago and considering the assessment next year so i intend to have a refresher day to get my weak areas identified so i can work on them.You will need to register with the home board and a 16 hr outdoor first aid ticket also required for the assessment.
Si if ever up Scotland let me know and the practice will be good.Good luck with the WML and a few people i know have done the training and a few passed the asessment.Seems pretty full on but they say good fun looking back!
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