Active Outdoor Pursuits Cairngorms Hill Walk

*Equipment shown in images is not always the same as equipment provided

Loch Avon, CairngormsLoch Sionascaig from Cul Mor, Inverpolly


Summer Mountain Leader Assessment

 Summer Mountain Leader Assessment – 5 Day Course

The Summer Mountain Leader Award (SML) exists to promote safe hill and mountain walking with individuals and groups.  The Mountain Training scheme provides training and assessment enabling you to lead safely in the mountains, hills and moorlands in the UK in Summer Conditions. Areas of training & assessment include; group management, rope work, first aid, navigation & expedition as well as looking at your knowledge of geology and flower and fauna.

Assessment Content

Access the assessment syllabus via Mountain Training website.  Over the 5 days you are assessed on your overall performance with specific skills being focused on on different days. For the course you will be expected to provide your own equipment for the course, this includes expedition kit & personal and group safety kit.

A home paper issued prior to the course and the preparation of a short 5 minute talk on a topic relevant to the environment.  For example; Cairngorm Reindeer, Glacial Features, SOAC etc.

Pre-requisites for Summer Mountain Leader;  .

It is your responsibility to you to ensure you meet the pre-requisites for the award;

  • Completed the ML training course (6 days) or received exemption from training.
  • Recorded a minimum of 40 quality mountain days (QMDs) in your DLOG.
  • Registered and active member of Mountain Training.
  • Hold a valid and current First Aid certificate (16 hours min).


Self Catered accommodation at Cairngorms Adventure Centre is included.