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Summer ML - advice please

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 Pietrach 27 Jun 2020

Hi all,

After a lot of deliberation I decided that I would like to do the summer ML training in the near future. However, I am not a member of any association and never recorded any of my experience formally. Therefore I have few questions to all of you who already went through this process.

1) Do I need to belong to any association before I register with Mountain Training and obtain a log book? If so then which one is best? I am in Scotland.

2) Does only experience (hill days) after the start of the log book counts?

3) Do you have any recommended trainer / school to do the course? I seen prices to vary widely - for me cost is less important but the quality of the course the most important.

Thank you.

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 jezb1 27 Jun 2020
In reply to Pietrach:

Best bet is to have a read through the Mountain Training website, it's really user friendly and clear which is ace: https://www.mountain-training.org

1. To register you'll need to be a member of the BMC / MS / MI, you can join via the Mountain Training registration page.

2. Previous experience counts too.

3. There's loads of great providers, I'm slightly biased though so I'll recommend myself! https://www.jbmountainskills.co.uk 

Happy to answer any other questions!

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 Pietrach 27 Jun 2020
In reply to jezb1:

Thank you so much. Is there any benefit of BMC / MS / MI of one over another?

Also, do I understand well that the process involves 6 days of training and then separately 5 days of assessment?

Thank you

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 jezb1 27 Jun 2020
In reply to Pietrach:

No worries!

The simplistic answer is the difference is where your money ends up. I'm in Wales so the BMC represents me best out of them so that's who I'm a member of.

Yep that's right. 6 days training, 5 days assessment, with a consolidation period in the middle.

I don't think I've done a video on ML training, but here's one about the assessment week that might be of interest   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mX1smhNaNQ&

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 Pietrach 27 Jun 2020
In reply to jezb1:

Wow what a great video Jez, absolutely fantastic with regards to information given. Shame you are not in Scotland. 

Thank you again and take care!

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 jezb1 27 Jun 2020
In reply to Pietrach:

Pleasure!

If you're looking in Scotland I'd check out Sandy at Scotch on the Rocks, he'll put on an ace course.

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In reply to Pietrach:

Jez is bang on all counts there. Please join MScot as the relevant body representing hillgoers in Scotland. You're registration will be with Mountain Training Scotland if you put in  a Scottish address. I second the recommendation for Sandy and his team at Scotch on the Rocks. There is a friendly FB Group for Scottish Trainee Mountain Leaders (nothing to stop you joining ASAP if you are planning to register): https://www.facebook.com/groups/448242352278918/

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 derryclimbs 18:15 Sun
In reply to Pietrach:

My advice; don't be put off by the DLog. You probably don't know what I'm talking about right now. But you will!!!

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 spenser 20:02 Sun
In reply to derryclimbs:

Is the one used for ML the same as the one they were using for SPA a few years ago? I found it easiest to import a spreadsheet with the details pre-entered, my laptop would have been defenestrated if I had to enter individual routes into D Log!

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 Jasonic 20:34 Sun
In reply to Pietrach:

My suggestion would be to do the training & assessment with the same provider- lots available.

Also consider joining a local mountaineering club- https://www.mountaineering.scot/find-a-club

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