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Course dates and prices

WINTER MOUNTAIN LEADER TRAINING AND ASSESSMENT COURSES.


For 2017 we will again be offering WML Training and Assessment courses, all run under the direction of one of the UK's foremost ML Course Directors, along with an expanded range of dates.

During recent seasons Pete has been the UK's busiest WML Training and Assessment Course Director.
The quality and value-for-money of all of our courses reflects this high level of experience.

We are pleased to be the only UK Winter ML provider recommended by
World Challenge Expeditions to their expedition leaders.







COURSES APPROVED BY MOUNTAIN TRAINING SCOTLAND

Our course prices are the most competitive in the UK and our course quality second to none.

Before attending a Winter ML Training Course, candidates must be registered with Mountain Training Scotland (MTS, tel: 01479 861248). You must also hold the Summer Mountain Leader Certificate, and comply with syllabus requirements.

Please remember, if you have any questions about any training or assessment courses, feel free to either
email us or give us a call on 01340 871071. We'll be very happy to help.

The location for our winter courses is the very comfortable 4-star Kinross Guest House close to the centre of Grantown On Spey, which is well serviced with the usual amenities. Easy to access, only a few minutes from the A9 and not far from the main railway line from the south at Aviemore, Grantown offers access to excellent terrain for both training and assessment. You are free to choose whether to stay at Kinross House, which is highly recommended, or to arrange your own accommodation and meet up at Kinross House for the start of the course and the various lecture session (training only). A link to a local bunkhouse is on the bottom of the General Information page and other accommodation options may be found on the Links page.


WINTER ML TRAINING

The six day training course provides instruction in both personal and leadership skills relevant to winter mountain walking, with an emphasis on the management of groups in mountainous terrain. The course is run over a full week, all elements of which must be attended by the candidate. Topics covered are as set out in the mountain training board syllabus, but will include areas such as navigation, route planning, avalanche prediction, axe and crampon techniques, security on steep ground, belaying skills, emergency shelter construction, party leadership and personal and group equipment selection and use. A two day, one night, expedition will be undertaken during the course, and the night will be spent in a snow hole. This course may also be attended by summer ML holders who wish to obtain a high standard of winter skills training without going on to the assessment element.


WINTER ML ASSESSMENT

This five day course is for candidates who fulfil the syllabus requirements for assessment. The first two days will concentrate on general winter skills and leadership issues, including steep ground techniques. Days three to five are spent on expedition with two nights out in the hill, looking at navigation, leadership, party management and other syllabus-related topics.


WINTER ML REASSESSMENT

Reassessments are arranged on dates to suit. Please contact us for available dates, along with the details of your reassessment requirements.

COST:
£195.00.

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WINTER ML REFRESHER / PERSONAL SKILLS REFRESHER

Proving very popular, this 1-day course covers a number of the aspects that will have been taught during the WML training course, and allows for for appropriate consolidation of skills. It is ideal for anyone who has left a long period of time between training and potential assessment, for those who have gained exemption from training and for anyone who just wishes to ensure that their winter skills are at the required standard. It is also suitable for those that have winter skills but wish to ensure that they are at a good standard: note that this day is based on the WML syllabus and is not a beginner’s course. Topics covered include navigation but with an emphasis on ropework, security on steep ground, belaying, emergency shelter construction, axe and crampon techniques and avalanche prediction.

DATES: Jan 8, Feb 4, Mar 4
COURSE ONLY: £85.00
GUEST HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST: POA.
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WINTER ML REFRESHER: 1:1 RATIO

Proving very popular, this course covers many of the aspects that will have been taught during the WML training course, and allows for for appropriate consolidation of skills. It is ideal for anyone who has left a long period of time between training and potential assessment, for those who have gained exemption from training and for anyone who just wishes to ensure that their winter skills are at the required standard. Topics covered could include navigation, ropework, security on steep ground, belaying, emergency shelter construction, axe and crampon techniques and avalanche prediction: indeed, any syllabus-related subject/s. We would chat with you beforehand to see what skills you particularly wish to brush up on and tailor-make the course to suit.

DATES: To suit: please contact us for the latest availability.
COURSE ONLY: £220.00 PER DAY
GUEST HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST: POA.
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MTS COURSE MODERATION

All Course Providers and Directors are Moderated for quality and content on a regular basis by Mountain Training Scotland. The following is an extract from one of the reports.

Description of activities seen
The group was met in the Corrie Cas car park and in view of the weather – thawing with strong winds, Pete decided to go to Coire na Ciste while the others went into Corrie Cas. It turned out that Pete’s decision was a good one as there was some shelter in the gully and on the West Wall. Good use was made of the approach with candidates give leadership roles and navigation and avalanche conditions considered. The work on the steeper slopes on snow anchors and belays was all good, relevant and well delivered. The candidates had plenty of chances to practise the various techniques and discuss what was being taught.

Candidate and provider feedback
Candidates all received good instruction and appropriate training and opportunity to practice their skills. Pete was keen to discuss the awards, standards and the candidates.

Individual Candidate needs - if any
All candidates seen had appropriate backgrounds and experience and were enthusiastic about the training. Lots of good training and appropriate and constructive feed-back.

Conclusion
The training was being well run in relaxed, professional and friendly manner. Everything was very satisfactory.