The Summer Mountain Leader Training course is an amazing course, however there is a lot to pack into the 6 days and the vast majority of it is focused on leadership and managing groups, we will look to develop personal skills like navigation and steep ground movement however you will gain much more from the 6 days if you come with a reasonable level of knowledge.

This one day course is a chance for you to up skill on a personal level as well as a chance to ask questions about the award and experience needed. All courses are run by experienced Summer Mountain Leader trainers. 

Summer Mountain Leader Training Preparation Programme

We will meeting in a cafe near the hill location for the day where we can chat about what everyone would like to get out of the day over a coffee! We will also use this time to check kit and cover any questions that come up from it and set up some navigation theory. After that it will be to head out into the hills for the day looking at what people would like to cover, often the focus is navigation but with a full day on the hill lots can be covered. At the end of the day there will be a chance answer any final questions and if people would like an individual chat about their Summer Mountain Leader journey. 

Ropework tends to not be covered on this 1 day course as there is no expectation that candidates need any prior experience of rope work on a Summer Mountain Leader Training.


Badaguish – Lodges and Wigwams, a wilde variate of accommodation options just outside Aviemore.

Aviemore Youth Hostel – Well located and with a range of dorm rooms and private rooms. 

Old Bridge Inn Bunkhouse – Bunkhouse in Aviemore attached to a pub!

Newtonmore Hostel – A small hotel in Newtonmore close to the shops.

Oakwood Caravan and Camping Park – A campsite on the edge of Aviemore but with in walking distance of the the shops, restaurants and pub.

Glenmore Campsite – Campsite next to Loch Morlich

There are also many Hotels, B&B’s and AirBnB’s in and around Aviemore, Kingussie and Newtonmore, in fact too many to list here!

Summer Mountain Leader Training Preparation Dates

Dates by arrangment

Price and Ratios

Cost – £40 per person

Ratio – 1:6 maximum

Summer ML Training Preparation - Pre Course Requirements

This course is all about asking questions, seeing if the Summer Mountain Leader is for you and you are for the training. As long as you have some experience of hill walking, know the basics of a map and compass and own some waterproofs and walking boots you will be fine. We will be spending the day in the hills (covering around 10+km and around 800m of ascent) so you should be fit enough for that.  

Kit List and Equipment

You will need to provide your own hill walking clothing and equipment, any specific group kit and technical equipment we will provide. Once you have booked on the course you will be able to access a detailed kit list from the client resource page on this website.