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Lowland Leader - the scheme so far The Lowland Leader scheme was launched in April 2014 and has had a very successful first 11 months. It was designed for people who are new to outdoor leadership or those with plenty of experience leading groups in lowland terrain who want or need formal recognition of their competence. The...
Job Opportunity at Mountain Training Mountain Training is seeking to appoint a full time office administrator to join its Customer Service Team. This post is a fixed term contract of 1 year and includes an element of maternity leave cover. Location: Mountain Training’s Capel Curig office. Closing Date: 5pm Thursday 9 April...
Hill & Mountain Skills - the scheme so far Mountain Training created the Hill & Mountain Skills scheme to educate the public about safety in the hills and mountains. Through structured training the courses aim to teach people important skills such as how to plan a day out, navigate safely and avoid obvious hazards, all in the context of...
Winter weekend in Scotland This year I attended my first Mountain Training Association (MTA) meet, the Winter Weekend hosted at the Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms. The weekend was designed to provide Mountain Training Association members with workshops and evening lectures to develop skills, technique and knowledge...
2014 Incidents and Near Misses Written by John Cousins 27/1/15 This 2014 report is the first time we have produced a summary of incidents in the hope that all our users are reminded of key safety messages for themselves, the groups they lead and the training that they provide. In our view some of these incidents will make...
Coaching Scheme Vacancy and Handbook After a full first year of courses we've created a new version of the Coaching Scheme handbook. The syllabus hasn't changed, we've just added some top tips and changed the presentation to make the information easier to digest. Mountain Training UK is currently inviting applications from suitable...
Channel 4 Weather Documentary We've been contacted by TV production company Raw TV who are making a documentary about the human element of the winter weather for Channel 4. In a nutshell, they want your videos of the weather and of you explaining how it impacts on your work or everday life. More details can be found below or...
LLAMFF After a few years dormancy, the much-lauded Llanberis Mountain Film Festival will make a dramatic return in 2015 and you could be a part of the magic! LLAMFF are keen for some local volunteers to assist in checking tickets and directing people to seating for talks and films – volunteers will...
Leader of the Year - Winner After a week of intense voting, we are proud to announce that the winner of our Leader of the Year award, sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear, is: Fida received the highest number of votes and an amazing Facebook response. A huge congratulations to Fida and thank you to everyone who voted in the...
Christmas Book Offers To celebrate the festive season we've got some great offers on books... This is a major reference book for every walker as well as for those who wish to lead groups in the British hills. Its functional design with easy reference colour coded pages, striking illustrations that complement the text...
Leader of the Year Voting has now closed. The following people have either been awarded Leader of the Month or they were given a special mention and all you have to do is ‘like’ the nomination of the person you think should win. Cameron is a 19 year old modern apprentice with the City of Edinburgh...
Leader of the Month - November After convening our panel of experts we are proud to announce... For almost 10 years Darren has been involved in delivering and inspiring young teenagers and adults in various adventurous activities. Darren has been volunteering for the Air Training Corps for the past 10 years and constantly gives...
Mark Diggins is new IFMGA Director Congratulations to British Mountain Guide Mark Diggins who has just been elected by the International Federation of Mountain Guide Associations (IFMGA) to become a Director. There are twenty three Guide Associations around the world and for almost fifty years IFMGA Directors have been drawn...
Leader of the Month - October After convening our panel of experts we are proud to announce... Fida has used his mountaineering skills and mountaineering qualifications for delivering Duke of Edinburgh in the Borough of Rochdale for over 10 years with a very high success rate. Rochdale has a high percentage of people from...
The mountains and the military To mark Remembrance Day and as part of the First World War centenary commemorations, Mountain Training is compiling a list of interesting places in the hills which hold some military significance. The aim is to create a useful resource for people who enjoy learning a little history while walking in...
MTA Autumn Conference 2014 Over 100 members and 20 workshop providers took part in the Mountain Training Association (MTA) Conference this weekend at Plas y Brenin, the National Mountain Sports Centre in North Wales. The conference was aimed at supporting and developing professionalism and participants attended workshops on...
Not quite a mass trespass Mountain Training celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday 16th October with a well-attended walk up Kinder Scout. Rab Carrington, Chair of Mountain Training England and founder of outdoor clothing company Rab, led the walk from Edale on a gloriously sunny afternoon. He was joined by...
The Military and Mountain Training Adventurous Training in the military can lead to civilian qualifications which will stay with you for the rest of your life. There are some simple steps you need to follow in order to make this work, which is why we've designed the following infographics in association with the Joint Service...
Leader of the Month - September After convening our panel of experts we are proud to announce... I'd like to nominate Will Kilner for Leader of the Month. Will is a work colleague and friend of mine who this summer, particularly August and early September, mentored me through my SPA assessment. We climbed as often as our...
Mountain Training - The Movie As our 50th year draws to a close we’re making a short film to showcase what Mountain Training is all about. That means you, your adventures, your mishaps, your achievements and the people who’ve benefited from your hard work. In order to make this a reality we need your video clips ....
The Real3Peaks Challenge This year's date for the ‘Real3Peaks Challenge: Cleanse & Conserve' is Saturday 4th October In 2013, Mountain Training Association member Rich Pyne was working on Ben Nevis and was shocked by the amounts of rubbish he found - posting about this on social media he soon heard back from...
Join us to celebrate our 50th To help celebrate our 50th anniversary, Mountain Training England would like to invite candidates, providers, course directors and board members (past and present) to join Chairman Rab Carrington and Treasurer Barry Lynn on a walk up Kinder Scout on 16th October. As a summit with its own...
Sherpa Club Lecture Series Sherpa Adventure Gear athletes Neil Gresham and Kenton Cool are giving a series of lectures at mountaineering clubs across the country this autumn. Tickets are very reasonable (between £6-£9.50 depending on the club) and proceeds will be split between the mountaineering club and Sherpa's...
Leader of the Month - August August was a busy month, with lots of outdoor action and expeditions a plenty. After convening our panel of experts we are proud to announce... Stephen has been an integral member of Durham Scouts for many years. He tirelessly and selflessly donates almost every second of his spare time to...
National Guidelines A set of guidelines which is useful for anyone with a responsibility for climbing, walking and mountaineering related activities. The document offers advice and guidance on the full spectrum of considerations including operational guidelines, the ‘four ways to competence’ and the...
Hill Walking Third Edition The third edition of Hill Walking is available to buy now, at the bargain price of just £15* (including postage and packaging within the UK) . This increasingly popular book, which has already sold 50,000 copies, is an essential reference tool for all hill walkers and includes guidance on...
DLOG Revamp Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to give us feedback over the past nine months, we have been listening and we're about to make some changes. Here's an insight into what's coming at the start of September... (changes apply to walking, winter walking, scrambling and international...
Enjoy the mountains with your children A positive mountain experience for young people can change the way they view the world and set them up for life. Plus they’ll probably remember it forever. The true benefits of exploring the hills and mountains go much deeper than an appreciation for the environment and improved fitness...
Leaders of the Month - July We are pleased to announce that July's Leaders of the Month are... This month we've decided to recognise three Leaders of the Month, and the many more who went before them, at Ogwen Cottage in North Wales. The centre closed this month after 50 years as one of Birmingham City Council's residential...
North Wales Social Climbing Evenings Who says its always wet in Wales, so far we have had four gloriously sunny social climbing evenings, one after our DMM factory tour in the slate quarries on some great sports routes, one at the Grochan in llanberis Pass where we just managed to pack up and run away before the midges got us and one...
South East Regional Event Seven hardy souls braved the heat and humidity of the Chilterns for Sunday’s South East Region CPD event, “Running a Lowland Walk”. While nominally aimed at those working towards the new Lowland Leader award, the members present included ML, MIC and IML holders, everyone with a...
John Ellis Roberts John Ellis Roberts, former Chair of Mountain Training Cymru and retired Guide, was killed yesterday after a tragic accident on Dinas Cromlech in North Wales. Carlo Forte, the current Chair of Mountain Training Cymru, shares his thoughts on the passionate Welshman... John was a familiar face to...
Leader of the Month - June After convening our panel of experts we can now announce... Not only has he inspired me personally to climb more and more and to improve my climbing, he has also inspired many other climbers. Not only does he know all about climbing techniques, rope work and safety, he also has the people skills to...
BMC Coaching Symposium BMC Ambassador Shauna Coxsey will be joining a team of coaches presenting at this year's BMC Coaching Symposium. Join us on September 13 & 14 to learn a host of new skills and take your coaching to the next level! It's more than two years since the the BMC’s last coaching symposium and...
Leader of the Month - May May saw the most nominations of any month so far and competition was fierce. After convening our panel of experts we are proud to announce... Mike is a very inspirational instructor. He has M.S. but despite all his difficulties, he never stops trying. He has been a climbing instructor for a local...
Funding for BME leaders If you're from a black or minority ethnic (BME) background and you want to get training to lead others in the outdoors, or in a climbing wall, you could be eligible for financial support. Mountain Training England has received Sport England funding to encourage the development of potential outdoor...
Leader of the Month - April After convening our panel of experts we can now announce... My meeting with Calum happened by chance, as an acquaintance of a mutual good friend of ours meant we had stumbled upon each other in Snowdonia. A series of events led to Calum eventually accompanying me on several QMDs in preparation for...
Challenge Events Good Practice Spring marks the beginning of the main season for 'Challenge Events' and there are many to choose from: the National Three Peaks, the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the Welsh 3000s etc. As stakeholders in the preservation of our natural landscape, anyone involved in running these events has a...
Mountain Training in Ireland Sport NI and Mountaineering Ireland have been working with Mountain Training UK on a proposed new structure that could lead to the creation of a single body to oversee and administer training in mountain related activities on the island of Ireland . Read the current proposals on the Mountaineering...
Recruiting Two New Elected Directors We are currently recruiting for two posts: These posts are non-salaried (out of pocket expenses will be paid) The role of Mountain Training UK is to coordinate the combined global objectives of the Home Nation Mountain Training Boards. It's areas of work include: Coordination of the global...
Our Winter is Over It has been, without doubt, a unique and challenging season in Scotland with an unprecedented (in our lifetimes) snow depth and almost constant gale force to storm force winds. After months of what has felt like near incessant storms and rainfall, this winter is on track to be the wettest since...
Leader of the Month - March Nominations in March started off a little slow and then finished with a mad rush at the end of the month! After convening our panel of experts we can now announce... I specialise as a communicator for the Deaf, and after taking a deaf child away on a residential week in the Lake District, found...
NEW Walking Awards Go Live This week Mountain Training is launching a new ‘pathway’ of walking leadership awards. The increased range of nationally accredited awards combined with clear descriptive names will create greater opportunities for leaders of walking groups. The Lowland Leader is a new entry level...
Hill & Mountain Skills Goes Live Today (March 31st) Mountain Training have launched the nationally accredited Hill & Mountain Skills Scheme, which has added two new courses aimed at novice and improving hill walkers. Coordinated by Mountain Training, through its network of approved course Providers, the courses aim to equip...