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Hill and Moorland Leader Training

By Alpkit
13, Sep, 2019

Subsidised Hill and Moorland Leader training course to help you help others

Apply now to get a space on a this subsidised Hill and Moorland training course as part of the Alpkit Foundation education programme, aimed to help more people gain essential training so they can use these skills for the benefit of others wanting to enjoy the outdoors safely. This is an important step into a career in the outdoors, build skills relevant to a DofE or Scout group, or maybe be more proficient in hill craft for friends and family.

With support from the Alpkit Foundation we are really excited to be able to offer 6 people the chance to undertake their Hill and Moorland leader training course at a hugely subsidised rate. 

This is an intensive skills course and typically would be well over £200 per person, but with a bursay from the Alpkit Foundaiton we can offer places for £100. So if you've been dreaming of being able to introduce the beauty of getting onto the hills to so many more people then this is an amazing opportunity.

How to Apply - Applications must be in by Thursday 26th September.

You'll have to act quick. The course will run from 26th - 28th October. It's really easy to apply, simply fill in the Application form (https://www.alpkit.com/foundation#apply) using Hill and Moorland Training as the Project Title and some reasons why you feel this course will help (some sections of the form will not be applicable)  

The Hill and Moorland Leader qualification is ideal for walkers who want to learn the skills required for effective group leadership in the hill and moorland areas of the UK and Ireland.  This particular qualification is aimed at those operating in terrain that is generally more remote than that used by Lowland Leaders and not as steep or rocky as ground covered by Mountain Leaders. For full info you can find more info on the Mountain Training site. 

So on to the course…
The course will be run by our friends over at Thornbridge Outdoors and will take place between the 26th and 28th October, located out of their own site and Alpkit Hathersage.
The programme will follow the rough timings, but we’ll confirm closer to the date. 
Day 1: 9am - 7pm
Day 2: 9am - late!  Depends what time the night nav finishes but often towards midnight.
Day 3: 9am - 5pm.

So it’s a intense few days, but hopefully an incredibly rewarding one that is a great opportunity to makes steps towards the full qualification.  


For a chance to get one of these limited places please send an application email to the Alpkit Foundation giving a reason why this course would help you and how you’ll be using it going forwards. 

Hang on though! A few things that need to be sorted first… Please read carefully. 

  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • You should have at least a year’s worth of experience of hill walking.
  • You should have an interest in leading groups in the hills.
  • You must be a member of a mountaineering council: BMC, Mountaineering Scotland or Mountaineering Ireland (however you can join one when you register, if you're not already a member).
  • You must have recorded a minimum of 20 Quality Hillwalking Days on appropriate terrain (ideally on DLOG) which can have taken place at any point (pre- or post-registration)

Then if you should successfully secure a place here are some other essentials. 

  • By October 23rd. Candidates, or their supporting organisation, will need to cover the cost of registering with Mountain Training and joining a mountaineering council if not already. (This scheme would be £47 + joining the BMC, MCofS or Irish equivalent). Otherwise will offer the place out to another candidate. 
  • You must attend the whole training course.
  • Then at the end of the training course you’ll get advice from the course director regarding the next steps towards gaining the full Hill and Moorland Leader qualification. Typically after consolidation period people go on to the 3 day assessment course 6-12 months later which costs a similar amount

If you have any questions please email support@alpkit.com

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