The Walking Group Management Course
Sat 26th and Sun 27th September 2020
09:00am – 5pm
The course participant
This 2-day skills development program is an ideal pre-course for those wishing to complete the MLTA approved WGL (Walking Group Leader) course or potentially the much more demanding ML (Mountain Leader). This course is also ideal for the adventurous trekker wish to acquire the skills to navigate safe routes during typical UK summer conditions. It is also suitable for entry level walkers who wish to start taking their walking a bit more seriously when it comes to preparing for an event, taking part in one or even organising a safe and enjoyable trek.
Aimed at those who have some or very little experience of map reading, a keen interest in outdoor walking over fells, mountain trails or the countryside and wish to take their experiences to another level.
Why complete this course?
Mountain Rescue teams collect casualties from the hills, mountains and fells far too often. The majority of the casualties are often: unskilled in mountain, hill or fell navigation and unprepared physically, they are also often unprepared by way of poor equipment choice and unskilled in their outdoor decision making – choosing unsafe routes.
This course aims to help you address the above when planning your walking trip, and provides you with enough of the basics to ensure that you plan and prepare your walks as well as can be expected, thereby reducing risk and enhancing the probability of having a safe, enjoyable and rewarding outdoor experience.
Develop outdoor trekking skills competency which will also improve confidence.
Classroom based (day 1) Navigation and map skills – Walking Group Management
True north / Grid / Magnetic north explained, contours and reading the features, the compass explained, timings and distance, picking exciting walking routes from a variety of maps. (you will use a compass and map on the day which we shall provide for the duration of the course) The map choices with 1:50k / 1:25k Harvey’s and online mapping explained in order for you to choose a preferred map option.
Equipment – why this matters
Gore Tex versus alternatives, footwear, socks, boots, shoes or trainers.. walking poles, underwear and wicking, base layers, bamboo fabric, merino and cotton, fleeces/wind resistance, rucksacks / day sacks/ hats/ gloves / where our guides buy their gear and how they save a fortune when purchasing equipment – the legendary Ponchos of joy..
We advise bringing your own compass which should be something like a Silva Expedition 4.
Safety and the team Emergency procedures – the “Walking Group Management aspect”
Escape routes, who to call and what to call, basic rescue, common causes of casualties, first aid and emergency support, first aid kit checklist, survival bags / foil blankets / emergency kit to carry at all times / tech solutions
Motivation and the hill walker
Role of the walking group leader, poor weather and leadership, understanding your group, controlling a group of walkers, reward and recognition, pace of the group, managing and leading the many different types of walkers.
Crossing obstacles, Legal issues facing the walker, The WGL “should know stuff”
Introduction to Night Navigation (at the instructor’s discretion and weather/light dependent)
Practical map reading (day 2)
Day 2 is spent on the ground putting into practice what was taught on day 1
Compass use only, Map only use only, Map and Compass, Timings and pacing, Navigation using visible environment, Navigation group test individual assignments and random unexpected “incidents” may occur to test your situational awareness and ability to handling the unexpected nature of hiking in the UK.
Accommodation during the course
We are running the course from the Campanile Hotel in Bradford, we would recommend staying at the Hotel, the reviews are favourable and the food is good – it is a budget Hotel. The address is in this link here:
Any discount offered by the recommended Hotel is entirely discretionary and not guaranteed.