Leading the north ridge of Tryfan; a workshop for mountain leaders

Spend a day on Tryfan with Mike Raine, former Senior instructor at Plas y Brenin the National Mountain Centre and author of Nature of Snowdonia, discussing how Mountain Leaders can work with groups on the classic north Ridge scramble and remain within the scope of the award and your experience

Aimed at MTA members but also open to BAIML and AMI members

July 9th 2021 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/126029342155 (full)

October 1st 2021 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/152315574985

Snowdon for mountain leaders

Join Mike Raine and Keith Hulse for this Nature of Snowdonia Special Snowdon Workshop. Open only to qualified Mountain Leaders. Mike will take you through the nature of the mountain, the geology, the glaciation, plant and birdlife. We’ll talk about the history of farming, mining and tourism on the mountain. Keith regale you of lessons learnt working as full-time guide and volunteer ranger on Snowdon, Yr Wyddfa.

Aimed at MTA members but also open to BAIML and AMI members

July 16th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/142326130287 (just three places left)

October 8th 2021 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/127737047949

Teaching and assessing ML ropework

Does anybody ever do it? How good do people need to be? What is the best rope? What if there are no anchors? Do we really need a helmet? What about a krab and a sling? How is confidence roping different from short roping? How steep? How high? What’s the best ratio? If these questions have ever crossed your mind or you’ve wondered why we bother let me help you. We’ll go into the hills and look at ropework in context with a variety of ropes. We get under the skin of what it really entails. This will inform us better on how to train it and what to focus on at assessment. There will be three places for ML trainees on this workshop to ensure a balanced and realistic view of things

Open to members of MTA, AMI and BAIML

November 5th 2021 


Teaching Navigation: A pragmatic Approach

We all teach navigation, but how do we do this? I’ve seen really good examples of teaching navigation indoors, but it’s not what it’s all about. I’ve seen some great orienteering influenced navigation lessons, but it’s not what it’s all about. I’ve seen some wonderful books, online talks, and magazine articles about teaching navigation, but it’s not what it all about. This workshop takes you through a step by step approach to teaching navigation ‘on the hill’, real, practical navigation, with clear progressions, target setting and outcomes.

Aimed at members of MTA, AMI and BAIML


July 19th 2021 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/126241611057 (just one space left)

October 18th 2021 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/142694738805

Managing Hazards and Emergency Procedures in the Mountains

This one day workshop will take place in steep ground ‘on the hill’. It will be a practical day during which we will investigate and dynamically risk assess the various hazards found in our hills. We’ll take time out to consider the what if’s and walk through emergency procedures. We do this in locations where there is phone reception and in areas where there is no phone reception. Whilst this is not a first aid course, I am an experienced first aid trainer and will be able to help you prioritise your actions should the worst happen.

Aimed at MTA members but also open to BAIML and AMI members

November 7th 2021

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Confidence with Contours

A one-day workshop designed to build up your confidence in contour interpretation at your own pace. No gimmicks, nothing fancy, lots of walking, most up and down, steep slopes, gentle slopes and break of slope points all explored, re-entrants and ridges unravelled.

If you need a boost, if you’re not quite sure, if you are not completely contour confident join me and we’ll work through, in a practical manner, on the hill until you are happy (or you’ve had enough!).

Aimed at MTA members but also open to BAIML and AMI members

September 26th 2021

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Working the Idwal Slabs

The Idwal slabs have long been known as the downfall of many a promising mountaineering instructor, but why should this be? Surely the iconic Idwal Slabs are the perfect place to take beginners climbing, surely, these easily accessible routes, so handy from the road, are an instructor’s dream. Join me and let me show you around, I’ll show you different descents and help you with your pacing for a day’s climbing at this iconic venue.

Aimed at AMI members and MCI trainees

Thursday September 23rd


Getting the best out of the Milestone Buttress

Ah! the Milestone Buttress, an old favourite of the mountaineering instructor. But it can still go wrong. Are you taking the right people here? At the right time? Are you doing enough climbing? Are you aware of the varied ways of descending? Do you know what to do if the classic routes are full?

All too often climbing instructors don’t get the best out of this venue, on this workshop we’ll climb around four different routes, and we’ll look at four different descents.

Aimed at AMI members and MCI trainees

Friday September 24th