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.

You’ll receive a PDF of all the information shared on the day to help you with future work on the mountain. We’ll meet at Pencaunant Isaf, where you’ll be supplied with a bacon or egg sandwich and coffee (all included.) We’ll wander up the Llanberis Path, enjoy a brew at the Halfway House, (included). We’ll gaze over at the complex geological jigsaw of Clogwyn du’r Arddu.

This day will set you up with a lifetime of ideas for guiding on Yr Wyddfa, it’ll kick start your fund of stories, improve your knowledge and open your eyes to aspects of the mountain you never knew existed.

You’ll need to bring a pack lunch (we won’t linger at the summit café) and be prepared for a full day on the mountain. Our journey will take us up the Llanberis Path, down the Miners Path and we’ll get the bus back to Llanberis from Pen y Pass

To book a Snowdon for Mountain Leaders workshop please chose your date below and follow the link in blue font


October 9th  2020 -Sorry SOLD OUT

November 6th 2020

Leading the north ridge of Tryfan: A workshop for mountain leaders.


Spend a day on Tryfan with Mike Raine author of Nature of Snowdonia and experienced mountaineering instructor, 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.

The north ridge of Tryfan is one of our best known and loved mountain routes, but it does have its ‘traps’. I know myself it took several ascents before I managed to go the same way twice! Come and join me and fast forward your experience by taking the benefit of mine. This is not a ropework refresher and we will be exploring one or two of the variants, particularly around the forbidding north tower, looking for the best route at grade one. The idea of the workshop is to look at route choice, decision making, group sizes, personal familiarisation, assessing your group and relevant environment topics, including navigating by geology!


This workshop is perfect for qualified (rather than trainee) mountain leaders who want to work on Tryfan and would like to develop their own understanding of scrambling ground in relation to the Mountain leader scheme. The workshop will qualify for one Mountain Training Association CPD point.




Personal hill kit, including packed lunch. If you have lightweight climbing helmet bring this along so we can discuss how appropriate they might be in this environment

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, 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.

The workshop has been developed on the back of 14 years teaching navigation in schools, both in the classroom and on the hill. Followed by 16 years of teaching navigation from beginner level to MIA level whilst working at Plas y Brenin the Outdoor National Centre.

Come and join me to work through a, step by step, practical way of teaching navigation on the hill. We’ll use a selection of maps and we’ll think about the use of mobile phones too.

This workshop is eligible for one CPD point for MTA or AMI

To book a Teaching navigation – a pragmatic approach workshop please choose your date below and follow the link in blue font



October 4th 2020 sorry, now full

November 9th Nature of Snowdonia. Book with confidence.