Winter Mountain Leader Award
The Winter Mountain Leader is validated to lead and provide basic skills instruction to parties on hill walks within the UK under winter conditions. The award excludes the use of ropes and technical climbing equipment (other than required for potential emergency situations), and leading expeditions using snowholes as the base or main form of accommodation. The area and terrain chosen for the activity should be such that no use of the rope is contemplated. The award does not provide a climbing or instructional qualification.
How to Register
Winter Mountain Leader registration costs £50.
All Winter Mountain leader registration applications are reviewed and vetted by the technical officer of Mountain Training Scotland.
After registering with the Winter Mountain Leader scheme you will be sent instructions by email on how to submit your experience
to Mountain Training Scotland for vetting, and if your application meets the minimum requirements for the award, approval.
Once approved, Mountain Training Scotland will send you an email confirming completion of the registration process.
At this point, you can then book on an approved Winter Mountain Leader training course.
If your application is not successful you will be given feedback on how best to fulfil the experience requirements and your registration application will be held open (at no extra cost) until your successful application.Download the Winter Mountain Leader Award Handbook here
Winter Mountain Leader Handbook
Download the Winter Mountain leader Award Guidance for Trainers and Assessors here
Winter Mountain Leader Guidance Notes for Trainers and Assessors
Winter Mountain Leader Award Registration
Before applying for registration for the Winter Mountain Leader scheme candidates must:
- Already hold the Mountain Leader Award.
- Have an absolute minimum of 20 winter quality mountain days gained in at least three different mountain areas in the UK and over a period of at least two winter seasons.
- Be well practised in the use of ice axe and crampons.
Winter Mountain Leader Award Video
Winter Mountain Leader Award Related Course MaterialsLearning Resources are available to buy here
Winter Mountain Leader Award Information
The purpose of the Winter Mountain Leader award scheme is to provide training and
assessment of the skills and techniques necessary to lead walking parties on the hills and mountains of the UK under winter conditions, excluding roped climbing on technical terrain. The demands made on the hill walking leader in winter are much greater than in summer, therefore the Mountain Leader award is a prerequisite for all candidates and the scheme builds on many of the skills already acquired. It is a natural progression. The scheme integrates personal experience, training and assessment.
Mountain Training recognises this award as the lowest level of qualification suitable for those who operate independently while leading walking groups in mountainous country in the UK in winter conditions.
The Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) has allocated the Winter Mountain Leader Award within the Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 9 and with a Credit Rating of 31 Points
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