There are lots of opportunities to improve your mountain craft as part of the club. On trips, walk organisers will try to get the whole group involved in navigating and teach you some of the basic skills. However, to reach a high standard you’ll need both professional training and experience. We offer, and heavily subsidise, lots of training events. These include weekend courses at Firbush, the University’s Outdoor Centre on Loch Tay, to provide members with professional training in navigation and winter skills.
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) also runs courses at Glenmore Lodge that are offered at heavily discounted prices to members. There are, however, limited places available, so keep your eyes open for announcements!
We also run a First Aid Course each year, as we like to have a first aider present on every walk – the more the better, so please consider doing it when the time comes.
You can find all of our upcoming training events on our calendar. Also take a look at the MCofS events calender for both student subsidised (which will be advertised via the mailing list) and non-student courses at full prices.
As well as practical courses, we hope to organise some lectures from the MCofS on topics such as navigation, winter safety and avalanche awareness. Also, please have a look at our further reading page for some useful links to books and websites.
Mountain Leader Award
The Summer ML is the nationally recognised qualification for leading groups of walkers in the hills and mountains, and the club always aims to have a few members with this award. The qualification is acquired after a period of experience recorded in a logbook, a six-day training course, further experience (normally a year or two) and a five-day assessment course. You need to log 20 ‘quality mountain days’ – mountain days where you have played an active role in navigation and group safety. If you are interested in becoming a walk organiser please make yourself known to our Training, Safety and Development Officer, Nathan!
For more information on the Summer ML please visit Mountain Training.