MOUNTAIN LEADER

REFRESHERS

mountain leader refresher days in snowdonia

(Mountain Training Cymru Provider No. 10003

These one day courses in North Wales, serve as an update for anyone who has completed a Mountain Leader Training course. 

NAVIGATION

These days are Accredited by the Mountain Training Association and will count towards your CPD if you're a member.

CONTOUR MASTERCLASS

HAZARDS

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STEEP

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DETAILS

These days are an opportunity to consolidate on areas of personal performance prior to booking your assessment in the future.

I often get asked by people holding higher walking awards whether these days would be useful to them, you’re most welcome to join the day, however the majority of people who attend are Summer Mountain Leader trained and are preparing for assessment soon and so the days are generally focussed towards that level.

COST

£50 per person 

(these are non-residential)

1 day

Ratio 1:6

HOW TO BOOK

It's simple!

Choose the day or days you want 

Complete the online booking form and pay a deposit

 

Make sure you check out the terms and conditions on the Booking Page

Full payment details are on the booking form and you will receive confirmation of your booking, payment received in an auto reply and I will contact you shortly before the course with the final details

 

NAVIGATION

DAY

During the winter months this day will meet at 1pm and finish approximately 8pm and allow us to look at all aspects of navigation, whilst during the summer months the starting time will be 9am - see below.

 

WHAT WOULD POOR VISIBILITY NAVIGATION INVOLVE?

You may have done little navigating in poor weather conditions or have employed only a limited range of techniques. The day will look at the foundation skills of mountain navigation whilst the evening will be based around walking on a compass bearing accurately whilst negotiating obstacles. It will look at measuring distance travelled over difficult terrain, confirming your location, simple strategies for when you haven't reached your objective and your approach to the whole process and skill of navigating in poor weather.

 

Typically during the day we might cover...

  • Map scales

  • Interpreting Contours

  • Relating the map to ground and vice versa

  • Measuring distance on the map and ground 

  • Navigating using the map alone

  • Appropriate use of the compass

  • Methods of identifying features and position

  • Methods of relocation

COURSE DATES

2020

27 June - starting at 9 am does not include poor visibility

19 Sept - starting at 9 am does not include poor visibility

28 Nov

2021

9 Jan

16 Jan

6 Feb

13 March

8 May - starting at 9 am does not include poor visibility

11 Aug - starting at 9 am does not include poor visibility

9 Oct

20 Nov

I can arrange bespoke dates if you are a group of min 3 wishing to do a refresher day.

CONTOUR

MASTERCLASS

mountain leader navigation day using contour only maps

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS A CONTOUR MASTERCLASS?

This is a day spent in complex terrain working off contour only maps - there are no other features on it that would normally assist us in our navigation! We’ll look at the pure skill of setting your map and interpreting the map and ground to a level of detail that you perhaps hadn't realised was possible. Some simple ways to understand contours will be demonstrated and we’ll consider how to apply them in your day to day navigation in the mountains.

Some skills that we could explore on the day

  • Identify the basic contour shapes on the map and ground

  • Relate map and the land to each other using contours

  • Identify slope angles and aspects

  • Measure distance on the map and complex terrain including slopes

  • Methods of identifying features and position

  • Navigate using the map alone

  • Appropriate use of compass

  • Methods of relocation

  • Route strategy using contours

COURSE DATES

2020

9 Aug

20 Sept

29 Nov

2021

10 Jan

17 Jan

7 Feb

14 March

9 May

27 June

13 Aug

10 Oct

21 Nov

I can arrange bespoke dates if you are a group of min 3 wishing to do a refresher day

 

 

 

CPD DAYS...

What are they all about

Dan, an experienced outdoor leader, attended a refresher day as part of his CPD requirements for the Mountain Training Association. Here he tells us his thoughts on CPD and the day.

 

HAZARDS OF STEEP

GROUND

mountain leader security on steep ground 

WHAT COULD WE COVER?

The core skill of leading people across awkward ground without using a rope is what a Mountain Leader will do frequently and this day will be an opportunity to practise methods and discuss different strategies to manage these scenarios.

 

We can also spend time looking at the roped options available to us, which include 

  • Suitability of different types, sizes and lengths of rope

  • Rope Management

  • Appropriate knots

  • Appropriate methods of belaying, including choice of safe anchors

  • Use of the rope protecting descents and ascents for the whole party and to safeguard a single party member

  • Safe travel through steep and broken ground considering route choice and group management.

 

COURSE DATES

 

2020

8 Aug

2021

9 April

26 June

12 Aug

 

I can arrange bespoke dates if you are a group of min 3 wishing to do a refresher day

 

 

DO I NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?

Ideally you will have completed your Mountain Leader Award Training 

 

WHO WILL RUN MY COURSE?

All courses are run by myself, occasionally if I have to use another Instructor then I will inform you of that. I don’t use instructors unknown to me or who aren’t close friends. The small team that I use are equally as qualified, experienced and keen to share their enthusiasm of the mountains in a relaxed and safe manner.

 

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

As a potential Mountain Leader you should ensure you are appropriately equipped to spend a day in the mountains. I will send you a detailed kit list when you confirm your place. 

 

WHERE DO WE MEET?

We will normally meet you in Capel Curig at 0900, we will confirm the time and place when you reserve your place.

WHERE DO WE MEET?

We will normally meet you in Capel Curig at 0900, we will confirm the time and place when you reserve your place.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

Assessment by an approved Mountain Training provider.

 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Accommodation

Food

Personal Insurance

Personal equipment

 

BOOKING

You will need to complete a booking form and pay the full balance of £50.

OTHER QUESTIONS

If you have other questions that you haven’t been able to find the answer to on my website, then just drop me a line at ppmountaineering@me.com

WHERE CAN I STAY?

There is a full range of accommodation options in Snowdonia to suit every budget and taste. The ones suggested in FAQ operate independently from Paul Poole Mountaineering.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...

WHATS NEW?

Find out what's been happening on the hill this week as well as any last minute availabilty

CONDITIONS OF BOOKING

Ensure you have a read of my Conditions of Booking before you book your place 

QUESTIONS

Still have a question? Check out the most common FAQ's here or please do CONTACT ME

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