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.

Date Workshop Location
Thurs 11th October ML security on steep ground Brecon Beacons
Thurs 11th October FREE night navigation Brecon Beacons
Fri 12th October Bridging the Gap between SPA and RCI Glasgow
Fri 12th October Fostering a connection with the environment North Wales
Sat 13th October Personal scrambling North Wales
Sun 14th October Ropes & Rack - staying safe at the crag North Wales
Sat 20th October Bridging the gap between SPA and RCI Bristol
Sat 27th October Coaching & assessing navigation Peak District
Tues 30th October FREE Intro to night navigation Lake District
Thurs 1st November Monthly regional social climb Lake District
Sat 3rd November Rock Climbing Instructor refresher Dewerstone
Mon 5th November Expedition Leadership Berkshire
Sat 10-11th November All things Coaching CPD weekend Peak District
Wed 14th November Night navigation & dealing with emergencies South East
Thurs 15th November Met Office Mountain weather South East
Sat 17th November Climbing for all - Diasbility Awareness Liverpool
Sat 17th November FREE Night navigation Shropshire
Sat 24th November FREE Night navigation Northumberland
Sat 1st December Climbing tactics: physical & mental Lake District

“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)

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