Hills and Mountains

Low Hills Training (In-House Course)

This two-day non-residential course is for those wishing to lead groups on foot over ‘Low Hill terrain’ (generally hills and moorland between 300 and 600m elevation). It is suitable for those supervising Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, leading hill walks, or using low hills for environmental education and other forms of fieldwork. The training is mainly practical and hill-based with some classroom based learning. The ratio for the course is one trainer to a maximum of five participants. A minimum of four participants is required for a course to run.

In order to attend this training course candidates must have logged at least 20 different Low Hill or mountanious days in a variety of different areas. This prior experience can have been acquired over an extended period of time in either a formal or informal context. Those in any doubt about their eligibility for training are invited to discuss this with Adventure Scotland prior to applying. Introductory level training can be arranged if necessary (see ‘Leadership on Low Level Terrain’ course descriptor.)

This is essentially a training course, however the course tutors will appraise course members and provide feedback. They will discuss with course members any further training and/or experience that may be required before full Low Hills status is given.

Lowhills Training Manual 2015 (pdf 1.58 mb)

Low Hills Update Training (In-House Course)

In order to maintain a valid Lowhills award, a single update training day is required every 5 years, unless the award holder has undertaken alternative training which may be considered to be equivalent (advice should be sought from the AAC in this respect).

Update training revisits the navigation and group leadership skills covered during initial Lowhills training and anything else which candidates feel they would benefit from covering. The ratio for the course is one trainer to a maximum of five participants. A minimum of four participants is required for a course to run.

Remote Supervision Module (In-House Course)

This one day module is aimed at those wishing to lead or supervise expeditions in Low Hills terrain. Since April 2011 it has been a mandatory requirement for Low Hills award holders who wish to supervise Duke of Edinburgh expeditions or other ventures involving overnight camps. The ratio for the course is one trainer to a maximum of ten participants. A minimum of four participants is required for a course to run.

The course is mainly classroom based locally and covers planning, remote supervision and campcraft. For further information contact Adventure Scotland.

Mountain Leader (summer) Award - Training

This is the training element of the Mountain Leader Award (summer). The award is administered by the Mountain Leader Training Scotland (MLTS) and is for already active mountain walkers who are looking to be trained in the skills needed to lead groups in the high mountains. Anybody wishing to become involved in this scheme needs to register for the Mountain Leader Award (summer) with Mountain Leader Training Scotland (MLTS) Glenmore, Aviemore, Inverness-shire, PH22 1QU. Tel 01479 861248.

See Mountain Leader Training UK for further information.

Mountain Leader (summer) Award - Assessment

The assessment element of the above. Hill walkers with Mountain Leader (summer) Training can apply for direct entry to an assessment for this award.

See Mountain Leader Training UK for further information.

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