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mta workshops & ML refresher courses

If you are working through a Mountain Training qualification then these workshops and refresher dates are designed to help you through the consolidation period before your final assessment. 

These workshops can be a valuable asset to help you gain the experience necessary ahead of the assessment and can help you get up to speed with all of the required knowledge and skills to be competent in all aspects of the syllabus. 

The course dates and prices displayed are for MTA members only. 

To become an MTA member click here. 

All workshops will gain you 1 MTA CPD point

If you wish to undertake these days as a none MTA member, then we can do bespoke dates. Just get in touch. 

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MTA workshop

Ml navigation refresher

A full day out with an ML course director, helping you gain some further navigation knowledge and work towards attaining the standard to become an ML. 

1 Day - 9:00am-4:00pm

Course Outline

  • Meet and briefing

  • Understand aims and objectives

  • Leadership in the scheme – vision, support, challenge

  • Coaching and broadening of knowledge towards navigation

  • Demonstrating the ML standard

  • Developing strategies and effective navigation techniques

  • Working towards blind legs and relocation techniques 

  • Getting a feel for assessment and what is expected 

  • Debriefs, goal setting and individual feedback

Course meeting: Borrowdale YHA 

Price: £70pp

MTA price: £60pp

1:1 price: £195

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2 day ml refresher - with wild camp

This workshops offers two days in the mountains and covers all syllabus aspects of the ML. We will head out for an overnight camp and complete a mini expedition.

2 Days - Day 1: 9:00am meet. Day 2: 4:00pm finish

Course Outline 

  • Understand aims and objectives for the expedition

  • Leadership in the scheme – vision, support, challenge

  • Coaching and broadening of knowledge towards navigation

  • Demonstrating the ML standard

  • Working towards blind legs & relocation techniques

  • Campcraft skills

  • Leadership at camp – nutrition, stoves and equipment

  • Night navigation exercise

  • Ropework and steep ground covered on day 2

  • Environment and background knowledge

  • All round syllabus points – candidate led discussions

  • Debriefs, goal setting and individual feedback

Course meeting: Seathwaite Farm car park

Price: £200pp

MTA price: £180pp

1:1 price: £380

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steep ground refresher

A one day workshop looking at steep ground management and emergency rope work in line with the ML syllabus.  Develop understanding of the basic knots and rope work expected for assessment. 

1 Day - 9:00am-4:00pm

Course Outline 

  • Understand aims and objectives 

  • Leadership in the scheme – vision, support, challenge

  • Movement and walking skills & coaching points for pace, rhythm, foot placement, conservation of energy, balance, and coordination.

  • Group management 

  • Route finding and terrain selection

  • Spotting and its limitations

  • Considerations for briefings and safe attachment to the rope

  • Direct and Indirect rope techniques

  • Anchor selection

  • Managing people up and down steep ground with the rope

  • Confidence roping where appropriate

  • Feedback and debriefs

Course meeting: Borrowdale YHA 

Price: £80pp 

MTA Price: £70pp 

1:1 price: £200

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night navigation

This workshop is a night navigation exercise to simulate poor visibility navigation to help candidates rely on their techniques and hone skills ahead of assessment. Gain confidence and check in with your skills, all instruction and feedback provided by ML course directors. 

4:00pm-10:00pm (approx)

Course Outline

  • Meet and briefing

  • Understand aims and objectives 

  • Equipment: maps and compasses and head torches

  • Navigation coaching and selecting techniques for night navigation

  • Gain accurate pacing and timing 

  • Introduce independent legs to landscape features 

  • Introduce ML style features for night nav (landscape features)

  • Navigate in the dark to build towards solid, pragmatic navigation

  • Goal setting and debriefs 

  • Discussion ahead of assessment 

Course meeting: Borrowdale YHA 

Price: £70pp 

MTA price: £60pp

1:1 price: £195

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WHAT customers SAY

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Fabulous day with Sam working on nav skills. A lovely guy, easy to get on with, Sam has a great & structured approach to your learning, he's very clear & easy to understand. I had a 1:1 & Sam tailored the day to get the best out of it for what I wanted, so despite the slightly challenging weather, I had a great day & learnt a lot

Westmorland cairn on Great Gable

Really great course. Learnt a lot and feel a lot more confident in using a map and compass. Nice small group (4 of us). Sam is very knowledgable and friendly. Keen to do further courses with Lake District Mountaineering!

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My husband booked a bespoke navigation course with Sam. Sam kept everything so simple and easy to follow, that by the end of the day I felt I had a good basic grasp of navigating. Can't wait to put my new skills to good use.

Thanks Sam. I had a brilliant time and highly recommend your courses for anyone wanting to gain more confidence when out on the fells!!

CONTACT

We look forward to hearing from you and working towards your mountaineering ambitions and helping to achieve your goals. 

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07458353048

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