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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. 

NAVIGATION - THE FIVE D'S

DANGER

After interpreting the map correctly and identifying and 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

description

Interpret the map to identify what you will pass and tick off on route

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 vis, 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

GROUP SHELTER

GPS

HEAD TORCH

FIRST AID KIT

HAZARDS OF STEEP GROUND

IDENTIFY THE HAZARD

complete a dynamic risk assessment - whats the risk and consequence?

either 

  • Verbally mention it / coach them through it

  • Physically position yourself in a place to protect the group

  • Offer psychical assistance (non-rope)

  • and then

  • Collect your group in a safe place

 

USING THE ROPE

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

ADVICE

​I've written a number articles about the assessment process along with a few folk who have competed the Mountain Leader with me. Follow these links to read them .....

Planning a route

Poor Visibility Nav Part 1

Poor Visibility Nav Part 2

Navigation

Group Management

Working as a ML

Myths & legends

Myths, rumours & the reality

Why join an Association

Electronic Navigation

ADVICE

​I've written a number articles and recorded some webinars about becoming a Mountain leader and the range of skills needed, many of these we discussed on the training course, click on the links to read and watch....

Planning a route

Poor Visibility Nav Part 1

Poor Visibility Nav Part 2

Navigation

Group Management

Working as a ML

Myths & legends

Myths, rumours & the reality

Why join an Association

Electronic Navigation

INTRODUCTION TO MOUNTAIN LEADER

PDF presentation from ML Training 

WEATHER

PDF presentation from ML Training 

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF A LEADER

PDF presentation from ML Training 

DIGITAL LOGBOOK

Mountain Training has a Youtube channel with a number of good videos

including a series on the Digital Logbook

PACING CARDS

PDF version of PPM pacing cards

CASUALTY CARE CARD

PDF from Active First Aid

A recommended First Aid Provider