Cat spent last week undertaking some Professional Development by observing a Mountain Leader training course with Apex Training, based from Coniston in the Lake District. The ML is an outdoor qualification that allows the holder to lead groups over mountainous walking terrain in the UK. As a D of E leader, the ML covers ground that Gold expeditions take place in - places such as the National Parks of Snowdonia, the Lake District and the Cairngorms. The syllabus covers all aspects of outdoor leadership including navigation, movement and security over steep ground, weather, emergency procedures, group management and a two day expedition with a night of wild camping. The weather last week was a mixed bag but involved a lot of rain and a bit of snow - challenging but ideal for micro navigation practise in poor visibility!
Adventure Expeditions will be offering ML training and assessments along with the Walking Group Leader Award and various leader skills courses in conjunction with Peak Mountain Training. Please see the Training and Skills page of our website for more details and dates.