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What does MTA mean to our members?



Our members come from a wide variety of backgrounds; some work full time in the outdoors as freelance professionals or run their own business, others work in full time education, outdoor centres or climbing walls as managers or staff. Many are involved in DofE and volunteer with schools, Girl Guides and Scouts and some seek the qualifications for personal competence.

They are either working towards a Mountain Training award or already hold qualifications and are actively working in the outdoors and they utilise their membership of the association to support them on their qualification journey and beyond.

Our members are very important to us and are proud to be a part of the association.

Read what some of our members have to say below:


Branwen Mcbride profile

At what stage in your outdoor journey did you join the MTA?


I think it took me a few years to realise that the MTA existed and that just because I’d registered for a Mountain Training award, that didn’t mean I was actually a member of the MTA. I definitely decided to pay for membership whilst working towards my ML because the workshops alone made it worthwhile! I really liked having access to an informative website, I enjoyed a whole host of workshops, and met lots of new friends.

What do you find most valuable about being a member?


For me, the most valuable things about being a member of the MTA are the amazing network of like-minded friends I’ve made since joining and the access to the evening workshops which meant I could train towards my ML after work as well as at weekends.

Have you been on a regional event or CPD workshop?


I loved the CPD workshops whilst on my ML training; and now I’m setting off on a new adventure into the world of climbing the regional events here in North Wales are proving to be quite awesome when the weather plays ball! These are social events rather than instructional, but as a relative novice I learn loads each time and it means I get the chance to ‘climb’ (be hauled up like a sack of spuds) much harder routes than I’d normally attempt which has been great for my confidence and skills.

Would you recommend the association to others?


I’m always happy to recommend the MTA every time one of my friends mentions working towards a qualification. The workshops alone make it worthwhile, and the discount in some outdoorsy shops can be handy too!


Alex Kendall profile

At what stage in your outdoor journey did you join the MTA and why?


I joined when I passed my Summer ML. It just felt like the natural step to be part of a wider group of people, to get support and continue learning beyond the award.

What do you find most valuable about being a member?


Getting the chance to sign up to CPD and being part of a network. The workshops I've done have been brilliant, and have definitely made me a better leader.

Have you been on a regional event or CPD workshop?


Two CPD days I've been on recently were a look at management of Wild Ennerdale with Friends of the Lake District, and a bird ID course in the Brecon Beacons. They were both excellent and totally backed up my belief that a good leader in the outdoors has a responsibility to try and learn as much as possible about the landscape and nature, and to pass that knowledge on.

Would you recommend the association to others?


Yes, just to be part of a wider network of similar people, and for all you'll get out of it.




Kirstie Tempest profile

At what stage in your outdoor journey did you join the MTA?

I joined the MTA to access workshops which will help me through my qualifications and give me refreshers before assessment.

What do you find most valuable about being a member?


Access to CPD and workshops, although the discounts in shops are handy too!

Have you been on a regional event or CPD workshop?


A month before my SPA assessment I did a ‘Rope Tricks and Rescues’ course with the exceptionally enthusiastic (and often humorous) BMG Chris Ensoll. It was a fantastic day in sunny Langdale exploring a whole range of the SPA syllabus and beyond including abseil rescues, rigging, use of prussiks and group scenarios. I left the workshop knowing exactly what I needed to practice before my SPA assessment and took away some handy hints and tips on preventing and resolving any trouble whilst doing personal climbing. Highly recommended!

Would you recommend the Association to others?

Yes – for access to CPD and workshops!







Ali Evans Profile

At what stage in your outdoor journey did you join the MTA?


After completing the Walking Group Leader qualification (now renamed the Hill & Moorland Leader award). I had talked to other members about it and wanted to be able to attend workshops run by MTA Co-ordinators. The discount at outdoor gear shops I also useful!

What do you find most valuable about being a member?


Updates and newsletters attending MTA workshops.

Have you been on a regional event or CPD workshop?


Yes, quite a few including night navigation and ML Refresher day. They were excellent. Well organised, great opportunity to meet other members and share experiences and information. The MTA Co-ordinator always starts by asking the group to set their own learning objectives which means everyone gets to benefit from the content of the day. I look forward to many more in the future.

Would you recommend the Association to others?


Yes, it provides valuable information and updates, allows you to progress through Mountain Training's recognised awards schemes with support.







Alex Frood profile

At what stage in your outdoor journey did you join the MTA?


For me it is for the CPD events. I went to a local one just before my Summer ML assessment, I found it a lot of help and great networking too, I also found the insurance deals helpful as well.

What do you find most valuable about being a member?


The access to CPD events and industry deals.

Have you been on a regional event or CPD workshop?


I’ve been to the regional north-east CPD events and I've also run one of the workshops at the North-East CPD event on flora and fauna.

Would you recommend the Association to others and why?


Yes, I believe the information, events and help you can get, make it well worth it.








Cath Sinclair profile

At what stage in your outdoor journey did you join the MTA?


I joined as soon as I knew I was going to work towards summer ML although I didn’t go for training straight away. Joining the MTA helped me to focus on my goal and network with like-minded people.

What do you find most valuable about being a member?


There are many aspects: The Professional Mountaineer magazine, networking online and at local area events, the members area of the MTA website has some useful articles, access to insurance and gear shop discounts…

Have you been on a regional event or CPD workshop?


I have been on several regional CPD events which were invaluable, thanks to the great volunteer coordinator for my area. The weekend with a mountain rescue team was fantastic with night nav, ropework, first aid etc covered and great insight in to the working of the team.

Would you recommend the Association to others?


Definitely! I have found it so useful and friendly.

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