Mountain Leader Training, 12th to 17th September.
A week or so ago, I along with 5 others were on our Mountain leader training Course around Coniston in the Lake District with “Apex training”. It turned out to be a very mental as well as physically challenging week with the usual changeable Lake District weather to contend with.
For those of you who don’t know, the mountain leader award is a nationally recognised certificate recommended for those wishing to lead groups in the mountain of the UK, it consists of 2 parts, the weeks training which we attended, then at some later stage a further week’s assessment. The standards laid out in the training were very high, with an effaces on navigation and group security in the mountains. Anybody wishing to employ a qualified mountain leader as a guide is in good hands.
The course ran for 6 days from Sunday to Friday evening. Monday was notable as a very wet day on the hill, but as the instructors said, if you want to prepare for the worst then practice in the worst conditions, so we persevered. Luckily the weather brightened up for our overnight camp and night navigation on the Thursday night, with Friday dawning bright and sunny for the walk out. I have to say it was a very worthwhile week for me and would recommend the training for any confident mountain walker wishing to sharpen there mountain navigation skills, even if they have no intent of going for the assessment and certification. Now all I need is further time in the mountains to sharpen the skills I have learned, another 20 days at least, time for some trips to Scotland I think before the winter sets in.