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Mountain Leader Award

The mountains of the UK are remote, technical and exposed to harsh and unpredictable weather. This makes them a hazardous place for novice walkers and the ML is designed to help responsible leaders who wish to operate in mountainous terrain in summer conditions. The Mountain Leader (ML) Award was established to promote the safe enjoyment of the hills and mountains, it integrates experience, training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous country. You will learn such skills as group management, navigation, emergency procedures and equipment, access and conservation and security on steep ground.

Real Adventure work with MTE Provider Mike Margeson 588 to deliver these courses.

River Crossing - ML Training

ML Training

​The training course is based around the ML syllabus and the particular needs of candidates. In particular we will look at the practical skills and techniques required when leading groups hill walking and camping in the mountains of the UK including aspects of navigation, group management, supervision on steep ground, risk assessment and emergency use of the rope. Consideration of the weather, mountain rescue, the environment and other related topics will also be covered. The majority of the course is practically based, however, some is of a theoretical nature. At times you may find yourself outdoors in adverse weather and you should be prepared for this. There will be an overnight camp and night navigation exercise.

Taking everything in on an ML Refresher Course.

ML Refresher

Run by Dan Robinson these can be tailored to your needs, designed for either a skills check before your assessment or as a refresher / update if you did your assessment along time ago and wish to brush up a few things.

This is an opportunity for constructive criticism on areas of personal performance for those considering assessment. It is intended as a forum to look at current ideas, techniques and practices. It also provides an opportunity to raise questions and hopefully dismiss fears concerning assessment. Topics covered include micro-navigation, weather, emergency use of the rope and leadership. However the precise structure remains flexible to best suit the needs of the course members. This course gives you a fantastic learning opportunity prior to assessment. During the course you will discuss ideas, techniques and best practice. All your questions will be answered!


Your Choice Ratio 1:1 £165

Your Choice Ratio 1:2 £200 (£100 each)

Testing nav skills.

ML Assessment

​The assessment course will look at all aspects of leading groups in the hills and includes a three day expedition. Candidates should be familiar with all aspects of the syllabus before assessment, even if some parts were not covered during training. Assessment courses provide at least sixty hours of contact time between candidates and assessors and candidates are tested in accordance with the syllabus.

Spending time on the hill.

ML Re Assessment

​No matter what you deferred on we can provide the assessment for you. These are run by either Dan Robinson or Mike Margeson through Mike’s provider status. The ratio is normally 1:1 or you could team up with another to reduce the cost. This is a flexible course to suit you.


Your Choice Ratio 1:1 £175 (inc reg fee)

Your Choice Ratio 1:2 £210 (£105 each, inc reg fee)

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