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MOUNTAIN LEADER

RESOURCES

BITS AND BOBS YOU MIGHT FIND USEFUL

This is a page full of helpful information to support you to gain your Mountain Leader Award. Do pop back regularly as I will add new information and interesting links that I find. 

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NAVIGATION - THE FIVE D'S

DANGER

After interpreting the map correctly and identifying any hazards, you can then choose an appropriate strategy

DIRECTION

Set your map and / or take a compass bearing (guess the angle first) - these two should point you in the same direction

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Interpret the map to identify what you will pass and tick these features off on route as you pass them

distance

Measure the distance between the two points 

DURATION

Use time or pacings

Try to avoid navigation without building in a back up;

for example guess the bearing between two points prior to using compass

Use of the 5 D's is very relevant in bad visibility, but obviously in good visibility, you may not need to use them all, pick and choose appropriate techniques when you require them.

Have a hierarchy of what you’re using to navigate by in the mountains, for example:

  • contours

  • water features

  • man made features

 Do not include crags / rocks in this hierarchy if you’re using an OS map!

CORE KIT FOR YOUR LEADER PACK

Mobile phone

MOBILE PHONE

Group shelter

GROUP SHELTER

Garmin Inreach
Headtorch

GPS

HEAD TORCH

1st aid kit

FIRST AID
KIT

Blizzard Jacket

BLIZZARD 
JACKET

HAZARDS OF STEEP GROUND

IDENTIFY THE HAZARD 

Create a dynamic risk assessment that works for you.... 

So for example I immediately focus on - 'what's the Risk and Consequence

  • Take the Hazard of wet rocky terrain 

  • The Risk could be an injury from a slip and trip by someone in your group

  •  Identify how you define Consequence in this situation - so for example

    • Low - slip over, bump / bruise / small graze

    • Medium - slip over, laceration / sprain

    • High - slip over, fracture / head injury

Then you need to Control the Risk using one or all the below

  • Verbally mention it / coach them through it

  • Physically position yourself in a place to protect the group

  • Offer physical assistance (non-rope) and then

  • Collect your group in a safe place

REMEMBER this is for YOU as well

More information on Risk Assessments can be found on the HSE Website

 

USING THE ROPE

The Award does not cover the skills required for the planned use of the rope, consider it like your first aid, you carry one, but have no intention of using it
 

When choosing an anchor consider the 3 S's

  • Size - Big is best 

  • Solid - It doesn't move / vibrate (visually check it, tap it and then kick it)

  • Shape - The rope doesn't "ride up it

 

If required select an appropriate rope system

DIRECT

  • Walkers weight goes directly to the anchor

  • Anchor must be big, bombproof and the rope moves around it easily. This is quick and efficient

INDIRECT

  • Walkers weight goes through you prior to the anchor

 

WITH CONFIDENCE ROPING

  • always be above them

  • keep the rope tight

  • feet across the slope is more effective than toes pointing down hill

  • prepare to stop a slip with every step

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