The Mountain Leader Specialists
COURSE DIRECTOR -
Pete is holder of the Mountain Instructor Certificate, the highest UK instructional qualification, an Honorary Life Member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors, a member of theMIC.org (which only admits MIC's operating at the highest levels), as well as past President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Previously an associate member of staff at Glenmore Lodge, he has led mountaineering expeditions to the Indian and Nepalese Himalaya, and was leader of an international expedition to Kashmir which made the first ascents of three previously unclimbed peaks. Notable Alpine ascents include the North Face of the Eiger and the North Face of the Matterhorn, both in winter, as well as a lot of eminently more sensible routes! A member of the Alpine Club and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, he is a course director for Mountain Training Scotland. He is joint author of the globally successful "The Mountain Skills Training Handbook", author of five other books and enjoys leading groups to various corners of the world, from deserts to mountains to rain forests.
THE ASSOCIATION OF MOUNTAINEERING INSTRUCTORS
The AMI is the representative body of professionally qualified Mountaineering Instructors in the British Isles. It is committed to improving the image and guaranteeing the quality of all mountaineering instruction in the UK. Only instructors holding the top MIA or MIC qualifications are permitted to display the AMI logo.
TheMIC.org is made up of a group of fully qualified MIC holders who are operating
at the highest levels required for the award. On top of this, members need to demonstrate
that their personal skills are of the highest order, and a long list of high-
For many years we have been licensed by the Adventure Activity Licensing Authority,
for some time being the only people in Scotland with a full 3-
As one of very few MLTS Course Providers nationwide, as well as being a Course Director, Pete is directly involved in the delivery of almost all of our courses. Any extra staff employed by us will be personally known to us and be experts in their subject. They will be working to strict guidelines which will ensure that you gain the maximum benefit from your course. We also work to the National Guidelines as set out by the Mountain Leader Training Board UK which sets the standards for mountain sports instruction in the UK. To see a number of our associate staff, click here
If you are taking part in an NGB course, such as an ML, SPA etc, you will most likely have the majority of equipment needed. We are happy to supply certain items if you do not have them, and details of this will be given on your course confirmation.
For all other courses run by us, all that you need to provide as a participant are
boots and personal clothing. All other specialised equipment, be it ice axes, crampons,
helmets, ropes or whatever, are provided by us for use during the course at no extra
charge. If you have your own equipment that you wish to use, such as an ice axe,
then please feel free to bring it. If you are not sure of the suitability of your
equipment for any given course, or wish to purchase some new piece of equipment,
then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us for advice -
The ratios entered under course descriptions are our MAXIMUM instructor to client
ratio, and are some of the lowest in the UK. These are often further reduced at the
start of a course. Note that we are governed by MTUK regulations re ratios for NGB
Under each course entry on the website is a note of experience required. As the majority of courses are NGB (ML, SPA etc), any guidance should be taken from the syllabus.
WHAT THE PRICE INCLUDES
The course price includes instruction, use of all specialised equipment and any accommodation option taken.
For those wishing to organise their own accommodation, there is a choice between hotel, B+B and camping.
The majority of our courses are based in Grantown on Spey, a picturesque town on
the Northern edge of the Cairngorm mountains. Many hills, crags and mountains are
within easy reach, offering a variety of excellent locations for walking, scrambling,
rock climbing and mountaineering, during both the summer and winter months. Grantown
has many excellent facilities and is served by a number of hotels, various guest
houses and a variety of places to eat. Non-
Our winter courses are based at Kinross Guest House, a very comfortable family-
A bunkhouse is also available, which you need to book direct with the owners. This is Ardenbeg Bunkhouse, not far from Kinross House. Ardenbeg has full cooking, sleeping and drying facilities. Their web site, should you wish to book accommodation with them, is here.