A Zircon Director is Becoming a Mountain Leader

June 23rd, 2011 by Sarah Green Leave a reply »

If you have read my profile you will know that I, Jason Roberts Director of Zircon am passionate about Mountains and the outdoors. Whilst I am Director Coaching for Zircon and I am a qualified assessment consultant and coach, I wanted to formalise my mountain experience and add a different dimension to the Zircon business.

The mountains of the UK are remote, technical and exposed to harsh and unpredictable weather. This makes them a hazardous place for a group of novice mountain walkers unless they have the benefit of supervision by a well trained and experienced leader.

The Mountain Leader Award develops group management skills, the ability to navigate in all conditions, gain an understanding of how to deal with mountain hazards and increase your awareness of environmental issues. There is also an expedition element to the syllabus.

Before undertaking the ML training course you need to have a minimum of 12 months mountain walking experience and have logged at least 20 quality mountain day walks. In addition to this personal experience, you should have an interest in leading groups in the mountains of the UK in summer conditions.

ML training courses are run over six consecutive days or a series of weekends. ML assessment courses are run over 5/6 days, either in a single block or in two three-day blocks.

I attended my training course a few years ago and since then I have been logging mountain days. You need to have logged 40 mountains days, climbed at least 30 peaks over 600m in the UK and led groups into the mountains with other leaders. You will also need to have walked in at least 3 different mountainous regions in the UK. Overseas experience should also be logged to demonstrate your all round experience.

When you attend assessment, your assessor will ask to see your log book when you book on the course to check you have completed the training course, satisfied the pre-assessment experience requirements and have a current First Aid certificate. Assessments are 5-6 days long and either continuous or split into two three day elements.

2011 has been a great year so far for me gaining experience as I have been working closely with the HSBC Kilimanjaro group. I have a family holiday booked in Snowdonia in August where I hope to further add to my log book. I should be ready to be assessed in 2012 when I hope to gain my Mountain Leader (Summer) award.

Course information taken from the Mountain Leader Training board, England.

For further information please contact Jason Roberts on 01737 555 862. (He is however climbing Kilimanjaro this week, with Sarah Linton from Zircon and 28 colleagues from HSBC. He is back Monday 4th July 2011.

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