Mountain Development Trust Certified Courses

 

PEAK HIGH MOUNTAINEERING is a certified Mountain Development Trust (MDT) provider. The MDT is the organisation in South Africa, which sets out the standards and qualifications for all mountaineering related activities. These were developed to established and maintain nationally recognised skills and training standards for the many clubs, organisations and individuals active in mountain related activities.

 

Wall Climbing Supervisor

The ideal course for teachers and supervisors who need to safely manage groups of young climbers.

The Wall Climbing Supervisor Award or WCSA is a qualification offered by The Mountain Development Trust (MDT). Peak High is an approved provider of all MDT courses and assessments. The award is primarily for people who supervise individuals or groups in Sport climbing, Bouldering, Indoor Wall climbing and competitions.
Climbing wall 2 MDT, Mountain Development Trust

  The award consists of 3 distinct parts.

1)         Attending the 2-day training course with an approved training provider.

2)         Gaining of further experience for at least 3 months.

3)         Attending a 1-day practical assessment.

The course has to be attended by all candidates. Registration with the MDT usually takes place at the start of the course and is handled by Peak High Mountaineering. It is possible to attend the course and not register with the MDT, however attendance of the course alone, with no registration or assessment, is not a qualification in itself.

The course is mostly practical in nature and covers a broad spectrum. It includes rope and equipment care, the use of natural protection points, bolts, rope management, belaying, personal abseiling and easy leading on bolted climbs and group safety and management.

In all of these areas candidates are specifically shown methods of good and safe practice when dealing with beginners and groups, as this is in essence what a Wall Climbing Supervisor will be required to do.

Peak High Mountaineering runs these courses at almost any suitable venue, but when in KZN they are usually held at Shongweni or Umgeni Valley and a local climbing wall.


Abseil Supervisor Award Course

The ABSEIL SUPERVISOR AWARD or ASA is a qualification offered by The Mountain Development Trust (MDT). Peak High is an approved provider of all MDT courses and assessments. The Abseil Supervisor Award is primarily for people who supervise individuals or groups in abseiling situations. It is also the training basis for the NQF Abseil Guide Unit Standard TG 20 & 21.

The award consists of 5 parts:
1)  Prior abseiling experience.
2) Attending the 4-day training course with an approved provider.
4) Gaining of further experience for at least 3 months.
5) Attending a 1-day practical assessment.

Rock Climbing Abseiling MDT, Mountain Development Trust

Rock Climbing Abseiling

The prior experience can be of any abseiling and/or rock climbing experience at any venue and must have been for at least 12 months or to have attended the MDT Abseil Skills Course. The main thing is to ensure that the candidate can abseil reasonably well and knows the basics before attending the course.

The course has to be attended by all candidates. Registration with the MDT usually takes place at the start of the course and is handled by Peak High Mountaineering. It is possible to attend the course and not register with the MDT, however attendance of the course alone, with no registration or assessment, is not a qualification in itself.

The course is mostly practical in nature and covers a broad spectrum. It includes rope and equipment care, the use of natural protection points, rope management, belaying, self-rescue, buddy rescues, group control, conservation and releasable abseils.


Single Pitch Supervisor Award Course


This Award is very useful for adults who supervise beginner climbs in natural cliff

environments on both sport and traditional climbs. It has become one of the industry
standards for school teachers and youth leaders who supervise climbing.

The Single Pitch Supervisor Award or SPSA is a qualification offered by The Mountain Development Trust (MDT). Peak High is an approved provider of all MDT courses and assessments. The award is primarily for people who supervise individuals or groups in single pitch climbing or abseiling situations.

The award consists of four distinct parts:
1) Prior climbing experience.
2) Attending the 4-day training course with an approved training provider.
3) Gaining further experience for at least 6 months.
4) Attending a 1-day practical assessment.
Morgans Bay 6 (Medium) MDT, Mountain Development Trust
Participants must be able to lead easy Traditional and Sport climbs before attending this course. On the day of assessment candidates will be expected to lead grade 14 Trad and grade 16 Sport climbs.
The course is mostly practical in nature and covers a broad spectrum. It includes rope and equipment care, the use of climbing protection devices, lead climbing and seconding, setting top ropes, abseiling and releasable abseils, sport climbing and duty-of-care. In all of these areas candidates are specifically shown methods of good and safe practice when dealing with beginners and groups, as this is in essence what a Single Pitch Supervisor will be required to manage.

Peak High Mountaineering runs these courses at almost any venue, but when in KZN they are usually held at Monteseel and Shongweni crag near Durban. After the course, candidates are given a logbook to record their experience before assessment takes place.

Necessary experience prior to assessment:
· Attended the Single Pitch Supervisor Award Course
· Conducted at least 5 sessions of supervising groups climbing
· Led 20 named Traditional climbs
· Led 20 named Sport climbs
· A valid First Aid certificate

Multi-Pitch Supervisor Award

Learning to climb and lead, big multi-pitch routes.

What do you learn:
· How to climb long multi-pitch routes, fast and safely
· How to rig improvised abseil anchors
· How to manage ropes on big climbs with parties of up to 3 climbers
· How to use Trad and Sport equipment to its maximum efficiency
· How to use releasable abseils
· How to prusik
· How to rescue a climbing partner
· How to use elementarily roping skills for scrambles
Morgans Bay 3 to 1 pulley (Medium) MDT, Mountain Development Trust
The MDT Multi-Pitch Supervisor Award consists of four distinct parts:
1) Prior climbing experience.
2) Attending the 3-day training course with an approved training provider.
3) Gaining further experience.
4) Attending a 1-day practical assessment including leading routes of grade 14 onsight.

Candidates must be able to lead easy Trad and Sport climbs prior to attending this course.

This course is also recommended for training towards the National Qualification Framework (NQF) rock climbing guiding qualifications Unit Standard TG 23.

Some candidates will choose to just attend the course (i.e. no assessment), to just gain the skills of this challenging aspect of climbing.

Peak High Mountaineering runs these courses at almost any venue, but when in KZ-N they are usually held at Monteseel and Shongweni crag near Durban.

Walking Group Leader Award
For leading groups of hikers in easy mountain terrain

The Walking Group Leader Award or WGLA is designed for people who want to lead groups in hills and mountainous areas, on non-technical terrain. With a strong focus on navigation, the award provides the leadership skills required to feel confident about taking people out walking. The award also includes expedition organization skills for multi-day trips.

The award consists of 4 distinct parts:
1) Some prior hiking experience.
2) Attending the 3-day training course with an approved provider.
3) Gaining of further experience.
4) Attending a 2-day practical assessment.
Participants who have no prior hiking experience are encouraged to attend the MDT Hiking Skills course before going on the WGLA course.

Peak High Training & Assessment MDT, Mountain Development Trust

Peak High Training & Assessment

Course program
Day 1: Lectures in Hilton KZN
Day 2 and 3: Practical in the southern Drakensberg
Subjects:
* map and navigation
* equipment care
* group control
* conservation
* steep-ground
* river crossing
* emergencies

In all of these areas candidates are specifically shown methods of good and safe practice when dealing with beginners and groups, as this is in essence what WGLA is about. Note that no rope work on steep ground or river crossing is shown on this course. Navigation including the ability to read maps properly forms a major part of the course. GPS devises are not considered to be suitable for proper and accurate wilderness navigation and thus not taught in this award.

Mountain Leader Instructor Award
For teaching all the mountain hiking courses and assessments of the MDT

The MDT Instructor Awards provide comprehensive assessment for individuals working as
instructors privately or at mountaineering centres. The awards are primarily concerned with
candidates’ ability to run MDT courses and assessments in-line with the organisation’s requirements.
20141211_WGL Course MDT, Mountain Development Trust
Two assessors must examine the candidate’s levels of skill and experience. Due to assessors being geographically distant at times, the assessors may take several sessions to examine the candidate and in different locations. Both assessors must find the candidate competent. The assessors must write a report on how the candidate was found competent and any weaknesses they may have found. A copy of this report must be lodged with the MDT administrator.

Requirements prior to assessment:
· Must hold or will be assessed against the Mountain Leader Award or International
Mountain Leader Award
· Must hold the ML award prior to assessment
· Must be in possession of a valid Level II First Aid certificate and show understanding
of wilderness first aid (e.g. attended a wilderness first aid course, show past
experience of wilderness first aid or mountain rescue)
· Have a minimum of 40 quality summer mountain days, and at least 20 quality winter
days
· Have assisted a qualified instructor during at least 1 Leadership courses
· Have assisted a qualified instructor during at least 1 recreational courses

Mountaineering Instructor Award

For teaching all the MDT rock-climbing, snow, ice, hiking and abseil courses and
assessments of the MDT.

The MDT Instructor Awards provide comprehensive assessment for individuals working as
instructors privately or at mountaineering centres. The awards are primarily concerned with
candidates’ ability to run MDT courses and assessments in-line with the organisation’s
requirements.

Two assessors must examine the candidate’s levels of skill and experience. Due to assessors being geographically distant at times, the assessors may take several sessions to examine the candidate and in different locations. Both assessors must find the candidate competent. The assessors must write a report on how the candidate was found competent and any weaknesses they may have found. A copy of this report must be lodged with the MDT administrator.

The assessors must write a report on how the candidate was found competent and any
weaknesses they may have found. A copy of this report must be lodged with the MDT
administrator.

The program provides assessment only: in the skills required to teach, and assess rock
climbing and to conduct all rock and abseil courses and assessments of the MDT.
The Mountaineering Instructors Award provides comprehensive assessment for individuals
working as instructors in a voluntary capacity, privately or at mountaineering centres. It
integrates training and assessment in a variety of testing conditions in mountainous
country.

The program provides assessment in the skills required to teach and assess, general
mountaineering, mountain hiking, mountain leadership and rock climbing and to conduct
all courses and assessments of the MDT.

It is a culmination of both the mountain walking skills and of rock, snow and ice climbing.
This is the highest level and candidates are expected to have wide range of skills and
knowledge. The core to this is the ability to be a highly skilled mountaineer on both rock,
snow and ice. Experience outside the borders of South Africa is highly recommended.

Requirements prior to assessment:
· Must hold RCI and MLI awards
· Must hold a valid First Aid certificate
· Must have lead or co-lead 60 named multi-pitch climbs
· Must have lead 150 Sport climbing pitches
· Must have climbed in at least 10 mountain ranges or cliffs venues in southern Africa
· Must have climbed at least 30 major mountain routes (these may be included in the
60 multi-pitch climbs)
· Must be able to lead grade 20 Traditional climbs
· Must be able to lead grade 22 Sport climbs
· Must be have climbed at least 25 winter routes on snow or ice, or mixed
· Must be able to lead grade WI 4 water ice routes
· Must have climbed at least 3 routes of grade A2
· Must be able to present evidence of experience of working in a technical mountain
rescue capacity
· Have assisted a qualified instructor during at least 3 Leadership courses
· Have assisted a qualified instructor during at least 3 recreational courses

Gavin Raubenheimer

Gavin is the owner & operator of Peak High Mountaineering. He is a certified Mountaineering Instructor (M.I.A.) endorsed by the Mountain Development Trust of SA. He is a NQF National Mountaineering (level 7), Cultural and Nature Guide (level 4). Gavin is a past President of the KwaZulu-Natal Section of the Mountain Club of SA. He has been involved in mountain rescue since 1992 and since 2005 has been the Convener of Mountain Rescue in the province. Want Gavin and his team at Peak High to guide you on a hike? Put yourself in the hands of the certified and experienced experts in mountain hiking, guiding and climbing. See Gavin's Google + profile