Mountain Leader Summer Training

The Mountain Leader scheme is designed for you if you want to lead groups in the mountains, hills and moorlands of the UK and Ireland. Mountain Leaders operate the length and breadth of the country with all sorts of groups of people.

Plas Y Brenin

6 Days

Instructor Ratio6:1


Plas Y Brenin


6 Days

Instructor Ratio


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The qualification is what you make it, and there are countless opportunities for passionate Mountain Leaders. If you love being out in the mountains and want to share your enthusiasm with others, become a Mountain Leader and you’ll never look back.

You’ll get a mix of theory and practical sessions, taking advantage of our excellent classroom facilities as well as Snowdonia’s spectacular mountains.

Our highly qualified and experienced instructors will cover weather, group leader responsibilities, risk assessment, and dealing with emergencies. Your practical sessions will cover walking, route finding in the hills, navigation, and leadership.

The Objectives 

  • Opportunity and Competence: The Mountain Leader scheme offers the opportunity to gain technical competence in leading walkers in the hills and mountains. It is the combination of technical skills, wide experience and personal leadership qualities, which form the basis for effective group management, and the scheme assesses all of these aspects.
  • Values and Conservation: Mountains mean freedom, adventure, beauty, and solitude. Therefore, whilst fostering a love of the hills in others, group leaders should show appreciation for the needs of all hill users, rural communities, and upland habitats and encourage an understanding of the problems of mountain conservation and access.
  • Training and Syllabus: You’ll cover the skills on the Mountain Leader syllabus, after which you can go for a period of consolidation before your Mountain Leader assessment.
  • Practical Experience in Snowdonia: You’ll have 6 days of practical and theory learning from our base in the stunning Snowdonia landscape, including a wild camp in the mountains.
  • Preparation and Action Plan: To develop an action plan for your consolidation period and help you to prepare for your Mountain Leader assessment.

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What to Expect

You’ll cover all the practical skills and techniques you need to guide groups hill walking and camping in the mountains of the UK and Ireland. We’ll take you through; 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

There will be theoretical evening sessions between 5:30-6:30pm and also one practical night navigation after dark.

Experience Required

You will need to register with Mountain Training before booking onto this course. To register, you must: be at least 18 years old have at least a year’s worth of experience of mountain walking have an interest in leading groups in the mountains, be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member).

You should have 20 Quality Mountain Days in your Dlog prior to attending this training course. Take a look at the Mountain Training Syllabus for full information on the qualification.

How Should I Prepare?

To get started on the Mountain Leader qualification you need to meet the following prerequisites:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of mountain walking
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the mountains
  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (you can join one when you register if you’re not already a member)
  • Be registered for the Qualification with Mountain Training
  • You must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Mountain Days (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)

Download kit list here.

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Why Plas y Brenin?

Plas y Brenin is at the forefront of outdoor instruction. Whether you are starting a career in the outdoors, or just want to take an adventure holiday, PYB is the place for you.

We inspire explorers. We train trainers. We’re internationally recognised. We’ve been around since 1798, with our earliest guests including Queen Victoria. Since then, we’ve focussed on providing the best customer experience, working alongside some of the greatest, 007 included.

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