SPA skills refresher

Use workshops to help you develop


Whether you’re working through a qualification, keen to learn something new or looking for some CPD, Mountain Training Association workshops are a great opportunity to get together with likeminded walkers and climbers. They are your chance to get additional input into your development so if there’s something you’re struggling with or something you want to try, find a workshop near you.

Most workshops are run by experienced trainers and some are peer-led and they’re all open to all members, regardless of where you live. (Occasionally some specialist workshops have prerequisites and if so they will be stated in the description.)
 
“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.

The workshops I've done have been brilliant, and have definitely made me a better leader.”- Alex Kendall
 
Here’s a summary of workshops for the rest of the year, roughly divided by topic: indoor climbing, outdoor climbing or walking. This might not be the most up to date list as new workshops are added all the time but it gives you a good idea of what’s available. The most up to date list can be found on our candidate management system - click on the purple Mountain Training Association badge to view all workshops that MTA members can attend.

Climbing

Date Workshop Location
Monday 9th October North Wales Winter Social Climbing Beacon Climbing Wall
Wed 18th October FREEish Social Climb The Barn Climbing Centre, Devon
Sat 15th October Climbing For All - Disability workshop Bendrigg Trust, Cumbria
Sat 11th November Climbing Tactics: Physical and Mental Kendal Wall
Sun 12th November Ropes and rock – staying safe at the crag North Wales
Sun 12th November Coaching climbing movement Kendal Wall
Wed 15th November FREEish Social Climb The Quay Climbing Centre, Exeter

Walking

Date Workshop Location
Wed 11th October Night Navigation and Social in Devon Dartmoor
Fri 13th October Movement Masterclass Langdale Valley
Fri 13th October GPS Training for Outdoor Navigators and Leaders - Beginners Kettering
Sat 14th October GPS Training for Outdoor Navigators and Leaders - Intermediate Kettering
Sun 15th October West Mercia Search and Rescue nr Kidderminster
Sun 15th October GPS Training for Outdoor Navigators and Leaders - Advanced Kettering
Tues 17th October Ogwen Mountain Rescue Base Visit Ogwen Valley, North Wales
Sat 21st October FREE - Geology (Nevis Landscape Partnership Fort William
Sat 21st October FREE Night Navigation Practice in Denbighshire Llandegla
Sat 28th October Mountain Leader Ropework Refresher Spellack, N.Ireland
Sat 28th October An Introduction to Remote Supervision Hexham, Northumberland
Sat 28th October Leave No Trace Trainer Certification Trefriw, North Wales
Tues 31st October Social climb Craggy Island, Guildford
Sat 4th November Navigation and Poor Visibility Navigation Capel Curig, North Wales
Sun 4th November Contour Masterclass Capel Curig, North Wales
Tues 7th November FREE Night Navigation and Social Dorking, Surrey
Wed 8th November FREE Night Navigation and Social in Devon Dartmoor
Fri 10th and Sat 11th November Access & Ecology - Nevis Landscape Partnership Fort William
Sat 11th and Sun 12th November Coaching and Assessing Navigation Hope, Peak District
Sat 11th November Leave No Trace Trainer Certification Trefriw, North Wales
Sat 11th November FREE Night Navigation Practice in North Wales Capel Curig, North Wales
Tues 14th November Teaching Navigation & Leading at Night Stirling
Weds 15th November South East night navigation - instructor led Ivinghoe Beacon, Chilterns
Thur 16th November FREE Footpath Awareness Day - Ben Nevis Ben Nevis

 
“This was the absolute clear benefit of the day for me- I’ve spent time looking at bird identification books and found it a pretty dull and questionable activity. This workshop on the other hand had so much to offer in terms of expert guidance, natural environment, a walk in the hills and good company- not bad when you consider it was free! It’s a great way to gain some first class knowledge and inspiration in a short space of time. I take my hat off to the people who go to the effort of organising such events and giving others access to their wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. I would recommend these workshops to anybody embarking on a walking award or just wanting to improve their knowledge in a specific area- just keep an eye on the Workshops page on the website”.- Richard Westlake (Mountain & Moorland Birds)