MOUNTAIN LEADER

REFRESHERS

single day mountain leader refresher days in snowdonia

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

THE 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.

(Mountain Training Cymru Provider No. 10003)

COST

£50 per person

1 day 

Ratio:1:6

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

 

HOW TO BOOK

It's simple!

Complete the online booking form and pay a deposit

 

Make sure you check out the terms and conditions

Full payment details are on the booking form

You will receive confirmation of your booking, payment received and final details.

NAVIGATION

DAY

mountain leader navigation and poor visibility refresher course

This day will meet at 1pm and finish approximately 8pm and allow us to look at all aspects of navigation.

 

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

11 Jan

18 Jan

8 Feb

21 March

27 June starting at 9 am does not include poor visibility

19 Sept starting at 9 am does not include poor visibility

28 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

12 Jan

19 Jan

9 Feb

22 March

3 May

28 June

9 Aug

20 Sept

29 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.

DO I NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE?

Ideally you will have completed your Mountain Leader Award Training or Hill & Moorland Training course

 

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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

All instruction by an approved Mountain Training provider and specialist equipment like ropes and helmets if required.

 

WHAT"S NOT INCLUDED

Accommodation

Food

Personal Insurance

Personal equipment

 

BOOKING?

You will need to complete a booking form and full payment will need to be made at the time of booking.

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 below operate independently from Paul Poole Mountaineering.

HOSTELS

PLAS CURIG

snowdoniahostel.co.uk

01690720225

ST CURIGS CHURCH

stcurigschurch.com

07980 619139

 

GUEST HOUSE / INN

GWESTY PLAS COCH

plascochsnowdonia.co.uk

01286 872122

TYN Y COED 

tyn-y-coed.co.uk

01690 720331

 

CAMPSITES

GWERN GOF ISAF

gwerngofisaf.co.uk

01690 720276

 

GWERN GOF UCHAF

tryfanwales.co.uk

01690 720294

 

BRYN TYRCH FARM

heartofsnowdonia.co.uk

01690 720414 

DOLGAM 

dolgam-snowdonia.co.uk

01690 720228

HAZARDS OF STEEP

GROUND

mountain leader security on steep ground refresher course

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

 

2019

11 Aug

2020

2 May

8 Aug

 

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

 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...

QUESTIONS

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

CONDITIONS OF BOOKING

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

WHATS NEW?

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

WHERE NEXT?

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