2017 Mountain Training Association Autumn CPD Conference

** Developing and Supporting Professionalism **

18th and 19th November 2017

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Don't miss your opportunity to attend MTA's 2017 autumn conference at Plas y Brenin National Mountain Centre on Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th November 2017.

We have a fantastic range of full day workshops run by experts in their fields, all designed to support you through your training, consolidation, get you ready for your assessment and/or refresh your skills when you're out and about using your awards.

The weekend is all inclusive, comprising two full day workshops, Friday and Saturday night B&B, lunch Saturday and Sunday and dinner on Saturday evening, plus evening talks and is great value at £200:

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  • Attend two one day CPD workshops designed to broaden your knowledge and enhance your skills.
  • Gain your full 5 year quota of CPD points.
  • Network and meet like minded people from the outdoor community.
  • Find out the latest news and developments from MTA and Mountain Training.
  • An evening lecture by a guest speaker.
  • A kit demo from Sherpa Adventure Gear.
  • Stay at Plas y Brenin and feast on their famous PYB cakes!


CLICK HERE to book your all-inclusive conference package.

Non residential places are available for £140 including lunches and Saturday evening meal. For non residential bookings please CLICK HERE.


Once you have booked your place at the conference online we will send you an official workshop booking form by email and ask you to select your preferred workshops along with your next of kin/medical information. Please wait to receive your form via email before contacting us to make your choices.


We've packed so much into one weekend you'll be spoilt for choice! Master your contour navigation, get to grips with GPS, top-up your geology knowledge or take your skills to the next level with a personal scrambling workshop. Don’t miss an eye opening lesson on how to design your website and use social media to promote yourself and your business and we'll also be arranging some inspiring evening talks and kit demos from Sherpa for good measure.

Read about each workshop below:

Good practice in safety management

Good practice

Mike Rosser - AAIAC Chair

This Mountain Training Good Practice Safety Management Workshop is designed to better enable award holders show compliance with the Adventuremark Standard Programme.

Further details about Adventuremark accreditation can be found in the Members Area. More details about the workshop to follow.

Contour Masterclass

Contour Masterclass

Paul Poole - Mountain Training Course Provider

Open to all Mountain Leader trainees or Mountain Leader award holders this is an opportunity to consolidate on areas of personal performance, especially useful for those considering assessment and is intended to look at current ideas, techniques and practices. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask as many questions as you like, seek advice where needed and to practice the areas of the syllabus that you feel you need to. Part of the workshop will focus on some simple ways to understand contours and how to use them in navigation using contour only maps and will include relating map to ground and identifying slope angles and aspect, Identifying features and positions , method of relocations and route strategy using solely contours.

Single to multipitch


Samantha Leary - Mountain Training course director

Transform your climbing from single pitch to multi pitch. Spend a day looking at the mechanics of multi pitch climbing covering topics including route choice, racking, stance management and climbing tactics. This day is ideal for anyone looking to take the next step from personal climbing on single pitch crags to developing some key skills and competencies in multi pitch climbing.

Samantha Leary is a highly experienced Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC) holder with a wealth of climbing experience. She runs her own outdoor pursuits business while also working as a freelance instructor for the two National Mountain Centres in Scotland, England and Wales; Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin.

The Mountain Environment of Snowdonia


Jim Langley - Nature's Work

This workshop will focus on the region of North Wales. It aims to reveal its natural history with an introduction to the rocks that have formed this mountainous region to the glaciers which have been influential in shaping todays landscape. We will identify general characteristics of rock types, habitats and take a closer look at the wildlife which inhabit this environment. We will also look at post-glacial processes, the development of vegetation and human influences on the landscape looking at farming and land use and discuss issues that arise in todays National Parks.

Personal Scrambling


A workshop provided by members of AMI - including Simon Verspeak and Louise Tully

A workshop for MLs/SPAs to develop their personal scrambling skills. An ideal workshop for those considering moving up to the MIA award. The workshop will cover route selection and finding. The use of a rope and taking coils. How to protect a scramble, types of anchors and how to use them efficiently.

This workshop will give you all you need to enhance your own personal scrambling skills allowing you to scramble with a colleague as an equal to gain valuable log book experience.

Navigation refresher


Plas y Brenin Instructor - Mountain Training course provider

This is a great opportunity for people undertaking the Hill & Moorland Award or Mountain Leader qualification to consolidate their personal navigation skills and is a good refresher for anyone looking to brush up on their skills.

If there is demand for it on the day, there will also be opportunities to explore coaching navigation techniques, allowing you to present well pitched, structured and progressive teaching opportunities that are effective in improving the navigation of your groups and clients when out on the hill.

Effective Online Marketing for the Outdoor Professional

Social media

Laura Cutress - social media and branding consultancy, Anchor & Dash

Are you confused about hashtags and handles, branding, insta-face-snap or anything in between? This workshop is a step by step guide to marketing yourself as a freelance instructor or small business. From getting your website content right and tips for optimisation, consistent branding to get you recognised and the use of social media to promote you and your business effectively. Understand the basics of social media, the dos and don'ts, faux pas and how to grow your online community with a few simple changes. We'll discuss your brand, your message and your audience. Ask any questions and even book a free 1-2-1 health check on your business.

Disability Awareness

Disability Awareness in Climbing

Graeme Hill - Disability Awareness Sports Officer

Climbing for all is an informative one day course designed to give you the initial skills to instruct disabled people in climbing. The course is split into half day theory and half day practical. Theory covers a number of subjects including appropriate/Inappropriate language, types of disability and models of disability. The Climbing practical covers climbing environments, side supported climbing, vertical hoists and wheelchair abseiling. No prior knowledge of disability is required. Course is AFA and AMI endorsed.

Graeme is currently in the process of recruiting 'Climbing for all' course providers and attendance on this workshop is a prerequisite.

FUNdamentals of Climbing 1


Plas y Brenin Instructor - BMC Fundamentals provider

The FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 focuses on the important themes that underpin climbing movement and is part of the training pathway for the Foundation Coach Award.
  • agility, balance and coordination
  • awareness of the body’s centre of gravity
  • and the relationship between weight transfer and economy of movement.
A great workshop for any climbing award holder to enhance personal performance, provide tools to run better sessions with groups or clients and is part of the Mountain Training Coaching scheme pathway.

FUNdamentals of Climbing 2

Indoor bouldering

Plas y Brenin Instructor - BMC Fundamentals provider

Builds upon the first workshop, looking at how specific techniques can be coached and is part of the training pathway for the Development Coach award.
  • precise and accurate footwork
  • ways of using different handholds
  • body positioning and use of straight arms on vertical and slightly overhanging rock
  • techniques to climb steep rock
PLEASE NOTE: Prior attendance of a FUNdamentals of Climbing Workshop 1 is required for this workshop.

Slick Rope work for Mountain Leaders

Ropework for ML

Steve Howe - Mountain Training Cymru Course Provider

This workshop concentrates on managing a group on steep group and emergency rope work required for Mountain Leader assessment a great opportunity to update and practise your skills either as a refresher or particularly if you are preparing for an assessment. Let’s face it when did you last get your rope out?

The workshop will cover route selection and safeguarding a group in ascent and descent, confidence roping, selecting and using anchors

Single Pitch Award Skills Update & Refresher

SPA Skills

Plas y Brenin Instructor - Mountain Training course provider

Designed for people working towards their Single Pitch Award assessment or a SPA holders who haven’t practised for some time, this essential one day workshop will refresh and update your skills, provide plenty of opportunity to practise.

It will include slick bottom and top rope systems, dealing with common problems, group management and setting up abseils.

Geology for Mountain Leaders


Paul Gannon - Author of Rock Trails and MTA CPD provider

An introduction to the geology of mountains in Snowdonia on a one-day field event designed for mountain leaders and instructors. No previous knowledge of geology needed. A great opportunity to explore and identify the Geological features of Snowdonia and to find out how they were formed. This workshop is open to all with an interest in Geology and would suit all walking leaders.

Paul Gannon is the author of the Rock Trails Series and worked with MTA to write the content for the current MTA Mountain Geology e-learning module.

Expedition Leadership

Expedition planning

Rebecca Coles - Expedition leader, IML and MIA

Designed for overseas expedition leaders but also relevant for Duke of Edinburgh Supervisors and those leading long-distance treks in the UK and Europe, this workshop gives individuals specific tools for managing and leading expedition teams through interactive sessions and scenario based examples. It is suitable for prospective/new leaders as well as for established leaders who want to develop their skills and share their experiences of both youth and adult expeditions.

Rebecca Coles is an IML and MIA and has been leading expeditions for 15 years. Work has taken her to all 7 continents and, together with personal travel, to over 70 countries. She leads for companies such as Jagged Globe and Secret Compass. This year she will be leading on Aconcagua and a trek in the remote Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan. She is a Lowe Alpine brand ambassador, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and has a PhD in Physical Geography.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop will only be running on Sunday 19th November.

Getting more from your climbers


Joby Davis - Mountain Training course provider

Enhance your skills and pick up some useful coaching tips, tools and games to add to your climbing sessions, regardless of the environment you work in.

Explore the benefits of body positioning, twisting, repetition of routes and moves and what the science is now telling us and understand when to use different activities to maximise learning and climbing development for beginners and beyond. Come armed with questions and problems to solve.

Get to grips with a Garmin GPS


Jimbob Derry - MTA CPD provider, GPS guru

Is GPS one of the dark arts as far as you are concerned? Come and have the mysteries revealed in this in-depth hands-on full day workshop. The training will be based specifically on getting to know your Garmin handsets and their capabilities. It will give you a detailed introduction and greater understanding of the features and functionalities of a GPS and will provide you the opportunity to trial the latest technology from Garmin.

The workshop will include a practical exercise giving you an ideal opportunity to test the GPS’s supplied or if you prefer to bring and learn more about your own.

Boost your climbing confidence


Samantha Leary - Mountain Training course director

Struggling with confidence and fear when climbing? This workshop focuses on climbing movement and mental coaching and is ideal for anyone looking to become more confident and competent on routes. Whether you want to lead routes more confidently or enjoy climbing as a second, this workshop is suitable for all.

Samantha Leary is a highly experienced Mountaineering Instructor Certificate (MIC) holder with a wealth of climbing experience. She runs her own outdoor pursuits business while also working as a freelance instructor for the two National Mountain Centres in Scotland, England and Wales; Glenmore Lodge and Plas y Brenin.

Inspiring Environmental Learning

Environmental Learning

Jim Langley - Nature's Work and MTA CPD provider

This inspiring training event explores how you can use the Environmental Learning Cards (ELC) activities to deliver exciting and enjoyable outdoor lessons. The Environmental Learning Cards provide a set of fantastic ‘tried and tested’ activities that can be adapted to support a whole range of subjects including literacy, numeracy (LNF), science, Curriculum Cymraeg and PSE. During the course we’ll be making charcoal pencils, solar kettles, studying weathering, measuring trees, exploring, discovering and sharing through environment-inspired art, literature and even music! The activities are designed to be used in the school grounds or local park and have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of pupils.

Mountain Training Foundation Coach training

Centre of gravity

Joby Davis - Mountain Training Foundation & Development Coach course provider

This is an official training course and is the first element of the Foundation Coach award scheme.

The Foundation Coach scheme is designed to enable you to be more effective in coaching the fundamental movement skills of climbing. Foundation Coaches will usually be concerned with the stimulating delivery of a single session to a group of individuals. They will often be assisting a Development Coach who will set the learning outcomes for the session, as part of a longer term progression, course, or scheme. Click here for further details about the full scheme.

PLEASE NOTE: To attend this training course, you must be at least 16 years old, be registered on the scheme and you must have attended a FUNdamentals of Climbing 1 workshop.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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