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The Mountain Leader Winter Award scheme  (Winter ML training, Winter ML assessment) provides a Nationaly recognised leadership award for those leading walking groups in the mountains of the UK in winter conditions.  

Check out this link  and short vimeo clip for Winter ML Award

The courses are run by Steve Spalding and Rich Bentley and moderated by MTS so you can expect a high standard of tuition.

You should already hold the Mountain Leader Award and be a committed winter hill walker with 12 months or twenty Quality Mountain Days  (QMD's) experience to attend a training course. Check the link for detailed prospectus.

This winter our courses are  based in Fort William area a great location for a choice of venues.

During the course we try and go to new venues each day increasing your experience of working with prevailing weather , interpreting snow conditions, safe travel techniques and navigation.

  Areas used may include Ben Nevis, the Aonachs, Grey Corries,  Laggan and Cairngorms area.  We  try and use a different venue each day - then we get to see different conditions and increase the opportunities to learn.

To make a booking for a training course you must have registered for the Winter ML Award scheme with MTS.

To join an assessment you need a minimum of 40 QMD's in three areas of the UK.  20 of these days must be in Scotland.   

Plus 10 named and graded winter climbs or gully's and a current 16 hr 1st Aid Certificate.