Refresher days

Have you started on the pathway to a Mountain Training Qualification? Are you trained and getting skilled up for assessment? Have you attended an assessment and deferred on an area and you wish for more guidance and support before reassessment? Have you held a qualification for some time but had a career break or feel rusty delivering your remit?

I offer two types of refresher courses; open courses or private 1:1 tuition. Some people prefer to do these days with others, others prefer the attention that 1:1 allows, that choice is yours.

Normally courses are with Simon Verspeak, an experienced trainer and assessor and Mountain Training approved course director for RCI, CWI, and ML schemes. Since 2012 when I started running these days, candidates have achieved a 100% success rate after attending a refresher course.

 
 
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Rock climbing instructor (FORMERLY SPA)

Peak district and North Wales

Open courses = 1:4 max ratio, £50 per person per day

Private courses = 1:1 ratio, £150 per day

The days are bespoke and flexible; I will ask you for your aims and incorporate these into the day. Venues will be focused towards these aspirations. Typical focus areas include top rope setups and group abseils.

 
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mountain leader

North Wales

Open courses = 1:4 max ratio, £50 per person per day

Private courses = 1:1 ratio, £150 per day

The days are bespoke and flexible; I will ask you for your aims and incorporate these into the day. Venues will be focused towards these aspirations. Typical focus areas include rope work, route finding, leadership and navigation.

 
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winter mountain leader

Scotland: Aviemore and Fort William

Open courses = 1:4 max ratio, £65 per person per day

Private courses = 1:1 ratio, £180 per day

The days are bespoke and flexible; I will ask you for your aims and incorporate these into the day. Venues will be focused towards these aspirations. Typical focus areas include using the ‘be Avalanche Aware model’, route selection, teaching skills, snow anchors and navigation.

 
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international mountain leader

Steep ground skills - North Wales

Open courses = 1:4 max ratio, £65 per person per day

Private courses = 1:1 ratio, £150 per day

The hazards of leading in the Alps or the Greater Ranges are both different and more serious than in the UK, hence your tool box needs to be bigger to cope with the diversity of management techniques.

Over the last 3 years I have run a number of BAIML approved and private workshops focusing on helping individuals prepare for assessment or rub the rust off little used skills. These days draw on my experiences living and working in the Alps and guiding big trips overseas.