I've been working on a number of Mountain Leader Courses over the last few months and whilst working on Training courses or Refreshers the topic of conversation inevitably comes on to Assessment top tips at some point!
So, I've put together my top five general tips, in no particular order.... But do remember, as a potential Mountain Leader you shouldn't forget the assessment is just a little snap shot and the real focus should be on becoming a good leader for working with your future clients....
1. Relax Read >
Another successful Instructor Training Month is drawing to a close. All that's left is for Pete and Antonia to complete the official Mountain Leader training that we have starting on Monday with another 4 people joining us on the course. The Single Pitch Award training was completed last weekend. Read >
The instructor training month is into it's second week and we've stayed dry everyday so far...!
We've been climbing on Idwal Slabs, Tryfan Bach, Lion Rock, Union Rock and Bus Stop Quarry. Lot's more planned for this week including Holyhead Mountain, Tremadog, Llanberis Pass and a technique session at the Beacon followed by some bouldering outside.
Our instructor training month is slightly different to most traditional courses, we operate on low ratios so we can tailor what we do to our clients needs. This means we're out climbing quality routes and logging quality mountain days learning lots on the way. Later on in the course there is a Single Pitch Award training course and a Mountain Leader training course.
For more information on the course take a look on the Instructor Training page and see loads of shots on the Facebook page...
I also had a client who wanted to experience a great mountain route so we decided on doing Grooved Arete, a classic V Diff on Tryfan. We had a great day on what is an outstanding route, finished off with a pint in the Tyn y Coed - not many better days than that! Read >
Today was supposed to be an admin day, but after only ticking off a couple of jobs I was thinking how busy Snowdon must have been at the weekend, it being a bank holiday and all. There's been lots of Facebook posts and other media attention surrounding the amount of litter on our hills, mainly on the big three - Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon, partly due to 3 Peakers but certainly not solely. Read >
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"Jez was excellent and supported me with the various areas I wanted a refresher on. I went on to pass my ML assessment the following week!"
AS, Mountain Leader Refresher in N Wales
"Jez chose some fun routes but taught me heaps at the same time. All in all, I got loads out of today and really excited to carry on the multi-pitch and sea cliff climbing"
MA, Multipitch Day in Cornwall
"We had a great day Jez! It was incredibly worthwhile and we are looking forward to seeing you again before the assessment - would highly recommend you to anyone who wants to get out into the mountains!"
JA, SPA Refresher
"I did my training with Jez Brown, I couldn't have had better. Top trainer and all round top bloke - definitely recommended!"
GH, Instructor Training Course
"Jez was a perfect guide, and balanced the differing skills of two middle aged climbers so deftly that I didn't notice I was being managed. He showed enormous patience and passion for the activity, I'd have to say he was the best guide I've ever employed"
JG, Mountaineering Day in N Wales
"We had a fantastic time and couldn’t speak highly enough of Jez as a person and mountain guide. The experience would not have been the same without him there. Jez’s knowledge was brilliant!"
MW, Mountain Guiding Day in Snowdonia