Mountain Leader (ML) courses in Snowdonia.

Mountain Leader Training (ML), North Wales

The Mountain Leader course will develop your group management strategies, improve your ability to navigate in all conditions, increase your environmental knowledge and better equip you to make sound decisions when faced with mountain hazards. There is also an expedition element to the course. Each ML Training course is directed by my myself, Lou Tully with at least one other highly experienced instructor involved during the week. This allows you to gain different insights which help you to form your own opinions. I have a very varied background in the outdoors, working with school groups to adult skills courses, expeditions and everything in-between. I am happy to give advise about working with the Mountain Leader qualification and ways to progress.

What should I expect from a Mountain Leader Training course?

The syllabus is covered in a practical way out in the mountains and supported by evening lectures. An example itinerary is outlined below but the weather will dictate to some extent the order in which aspects will be covered.

Day 1: Introduction to the Mountain Leader scheme and a mountain day focussing on navigation techniques, paying particular attention to micro navigation. The evening lecture will look at weather and how it effects our leadership decisions.

Day 2: We will begin by looking at the weather to aid our planning and then head out for a mountain day. We will cover a variety of terrain looking at group management skills as well as navigation, group and leader equipment. The evening lecture will focus on basic rope work skills in preparation for hazards of steep ground tomorrow.

Day 3: The focus of today will be on group management and hazards of steep ground. We will look at protecting party members in ascent and descent. The evening lecture will focus on legal aspects of leading groups in the mountains and the responsibilities of a Mountain Leader.

Day 4: Today’s mountain day will be a chance to put everything together, making sound decisions about group management and navigation in complicated terrain. The evening will be spent preparing for tomorrow’s camp.

Days 5 and 6: This involves a mini expedition with a night navigation practise and overnight wild camp. We will continue to look at group management and navigation as well as mountain safety, emergency procedures and water hazards. We will finish the week with individual debriefs and make sure that you leave the course feeling confident about how to go about preparing for assessment.

Throughout the week there will be a strong focus on environmental issues and many chances to recap and hone your skills.

Dates 2021

11th-16th October

Dates 2022

21st-26th March

24th-29th April

30th April- 2nd May and 13th-15th May modular course

6th-11th June

8th-13th August

12th-17th September

10th-15th October

If you would prefer an alternative date then please get in touch and I will see what I can arrange.

Pre-requisites for Mountain Leader Training

Before attending a Mountain Leader Training course you must fulfil the following:

Have at least 12 months experience in hill walking.
Have logged at least 20 quality days walking in the mountains.
Be at least 18 years of age.
Have registered with Mountain Training (

More information on the above can be found from Mountain Training.


£340 non residential

Accommodation is usually available at a local mountaineering hut for only £10/night. The hut which is a lovely little cottage is situated in a beautiful location above Deiniolen. It has a drying room, well equipped kitchen, dining room, lounge with log burning stove and heaters in the bedrooms. Please ask if you would like to book a bed at the hut.

Please contact Freedom Outdoors for more information on our Mountain Leader Training (ML), North Wales, or to discuss your requirements and make a booking.

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I did my Mountain Leader training with Lou (and Stu) last week - Lou was incredible - so full of knowledge and information, and a fantastic teacher to boot. The course was well structured, suited to the participants, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking to advance their skills in the mountains. I will certainly look to Lou for future courses / CPD and ML assessment. Thanks Lou - so much fun! :)
Kevin Roberts
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