Rob Johnson
Mountaineering Instructor (MIC)
& International Mountain Leader
Photo: Early morning sunshine after ML camp

Mountain Leader Assessment

Location: Snowdonia
Price: £330 per person
Previous experience: You need to have registered for the ML, attended an ML training course, hold a valid First Aid qualification and have met the pre-requirements of MTUK.
Length: 5 days

Mountain Leader Assessment
This five day course is for candidates who are ready to present themselves for assessment under the UK Mountain Leader Scheme. A great deal of emphasis is placed on your logbook and you should ensure that it is fully upto date including:

A record of your quality mountain days - see the MTUK website for the exact definition
A record of your training course
A record of your valid First Aid qualification - check with MTUK for validity
A minimum of 8 nights camping with 4 of them wild camping.

Course structure
We aim to provide a supportive environment for you to pass your Mountain Leader Award and feel proud of your achievement. The week is based on the following schedule, this is subject to change to allow for the weather on the week.

Monday & Tuesday: Mountain days focusing on the key skills of navigation, security on steep ground and leadership skills including emergency use of the rope. Evening session review of the home paper.
Wednesday to Friday: A three day expedition camping overnight in the mountains where candidates are assessed on further navigation skills including two nights of night navigation, camp craft, emergency procedures, group leadership and further movement on steep ground if required.

The Friday afternoon will be spent on results and de-brief.

You should make sure that you are familiar with all areas of the syllabus before attending the assessment course.

Where is the course held?
We run the course in Snowdonia and use a variety of mountain locations throughout the week.

Who runs the course?
The course is directed by me, Rob Johnson and by my fellow instructor Huw Gilbert. We both hold the MIC and I also hold the IML qualification and we have many years of practical experience of working with a wide range of clients. During the week we can also offer advice and assitance in making a living as a self employed Mountain Leader and we are also assisted by other local Mountaineering Instructors throughout the week so that you get a balanced view and some different opinions. My practical experience on the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team also adds an additional element to the course. I am an approved provider through Mountain Training Cymru, provider number 1554. You can join our course in Wales whether you are registered with Mountain Training in England, Wales or Scotland. You can view my MT profile here.

"I was assessed by Trail Magazine regular Rob Johnson, assisted by his fellow MIC (top gong in the world of Mountain Training) Huw Gilbert. Rob comes highly recommended by both this title and his growing army of repeat customers. They were both objective assessors who knew their stuff."
Dan Aspel writing in Trail Magazines March 2015 edition.


Personal Fitness
The 5 consecutive days under assessment conditions in the mountains make for a physical week, especially with the expedition element where you will be carrying a heavy pack and could be out over night for 2 nights doing night navigation. You should be hill fit and able to operate within a comfort zone where your own fitness is not a limiting factor, the assessment concentrates on looking after others and your fitness should reflect this.

What about accommodation?
You will need to arrange your own transport and accommodation. The course will be based at Plas Curig Hostel in Capel Curig. Formerly a YHA the hostel is now a family run business that has been extensively refurbished in 2011. You can choose single or bunk rooms dependant upon budget and you can self cater or choose to eat in or at one of the nearby pubs. We do not get involved in organising accommodation and you are free to source alternatives if you prefer.


Refresher Courses
Most candidates benefit from some refresher training before assessment. Details of the course we offer are here.

Re-assessment Days
If you have been deferred on a previous assessment course and would like to be re-assessed then visit this ink.

When does this course run?
You can view the dates of all of our courses throughout the year on the diary page.

Other Questions
If you have any questions that you can't find answers to on the website visit our contact page for details on how to get in touch. We look forward to meeting you!

Other pages of interest

How to pass your ML Assessment - top tips from MTUK

Book this Course

If you have any questions about booking a course then please just email. Booking is a simple two stage process:

1. Choose a date.
Individuals - visit the diary page for details of open course availability

2. Book the course
Online: You can book online securely by clicking on the "buy now" button
Download a postal booking form from our booking page.

Before you Book:
Please ensure that you are ready to be assessed or are 100% sure that you will be ready before you select the dates of your assessment. All dates are non-transferable once booked, you can read our full terms and conditions once you hit the Buy Now button.

Funding: If you are a teacher or youth group leader and require an invoice please email me and we will email an invoice across to you. Once payment has been received we will allocate your course space. Alternatively your school or employer can use a school debit card to book online below.

Course type Location Price Quantity  
Mountain Leader Assessment Snowdonia £330 pp




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Just a quick note to say thanks for a great week, enjoyed your and Huws company as always.
Just had time to reflect on what was said and going into the week navigation and contour recognition was my weakness! And obviously showed.

Off to the lakes next week to do some practice.

The Ml inspires me to get into the hills, I just love being there, all be it when Iam struggling up the hill, note to self work on my fitness.

There will be the return of the Jedi, but this time using more than just the force!

See you in Jan, have a great Xmas and new year!



ML Assessment Nov 14

Hi Rob,
Just a short note to thank you and Huw for yet another brilliant week.
I had a great time and enjoyed every element of the assessment and was especially pleased when the time spent in the hills paid off.
Hope to see you both again sometime soon.

ML assessment Nov 2014.

Hi Rob, Huw,

Thanks again for such a superb week - a massive pleasure to learn from and spend time with you both as always.

Obviously thrilled to have got the thumbs-up from you both too. Praise really matters when it comes from people you respect.

Cheers guys,

ML Assessment Nov 14

Hi Rob. Really good to see you again this week and thanks for a great assessment...really enjoyed the experience. I have to commend yourself and Paul for the relaxed style yet professional manner in which you both conducted the week so a huge thanks.
Take it easy and hope to see you soon.
Neil (bog monster)
ML Assessment - Aug 2013

Hi Rob, I got the photo's you posted in drop box, cheers for that. I must say that I think you ran a great course. Qualifying was my first goal but I did come with an open mind to learn new skills and I feel that I've achieved that as well. I have gained valuable information off both you and Paul so I thank you for that.
Thanks again. Regards. Pete. ML Assessment, May 2013

Hi Rob, I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you for a great week on the ML assessment. I really enjoyed it looking back now and it will make for some great memories. Matt - ML Assessment - November 2012

Hi Rob, thanks for a great course, very informative but in a relaxed atmosphere that's given me new skills & honed in some existing ones as well. Paul - ML Training August 2012

Hi Rob, Thanks again for being so brilliant, I really enjoyed the course and learnt so much over the 6 days! Cheers, Sarah ML Training August 2012

Rob, thanks again for a cracking 6 days of ML training.....only one more thing to say " tra la la la la". Cheers buddy. Simon - ML Training November 2011

Have to agree with Simon, it was brilliant, learnt so much, many thanks!!! Nik - ML Training November 2011

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