Mountain Development Trust Skills Courses

 

Mountaineering Skills Courses

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Peak High Mountaineering is a Service Provider of MDT Certified Courses and Awards. We offer training and assessment in these courses and qualifications which are used by recreational outdoors people right up to professional instructors. The skills used and trained in these courses can also be used for working towards National Qualification Framework Unit Standards for mountain guiding.

This is the first level of MDT courses. No assessment is done, but a Certificate of Attendance is issued by the MDT administrator

Hiking Skills

If you want to learn the basics and be safer in the mountains, then this is the course for you. We will show you all you need to know to get started and what equipment you will need. It takes place on paths in easy low mountain hiking areas. It does not cover mountain leadership or group supervision.

Duration: 3 days

The Hiking Skills course covers:

  • Equipment care and usage
  • Packing
  • On trail navigation and map reading
  • Nutrition
  • Camp craft
  • Elementary weather
  • Common hazard avoidance
  • Basic Emergency procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills

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Abseiling Skills

The Abseiling Skills course is a personal recreational training course which provides training for those who wish to learn to abseil safely. It does not cover the supervision of groups or technical rescue procedures.

Duration: 1½ days

The Abseiling Skills course covers:

  • Equipment care and usage
  • Natural features and in situ anchors
  • Setting up a fixed line and retrievable abseil
  • Preparing to abseil
  • Abseiling and protecting against loss of control
  • Basic problem solving
  • Basic Emergency procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills

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Rock Climbing Skills

If you have never climbed before, this is the course to get to grips with the fundamentals of the sport. The Rock Climbing Skills Course is an introductory personal recreational training course, which provides training for those who wish to be introduced to the sport of rock climbing. The course covers both Traditional and Sport climbing skills. The two days are spent enjoying easy to moderate climbs in a safe and non threatening environment.

Duration: 2 days

The Rock Climbing Skills course covers:

  • Equipment care and usage
  • Seconding of Traditional and Sport climbs
  • Types of climbing activities
  • Terminology and communication in climbing
  • Anchors, knots and tying in
  • Movement on rock
  • Belay skills
  • Personal abseiling
  • Solving common problems
  • Emergency Procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills

And either of the following:

  • Leading single-pitch sport climbs
  • Further Trad seconding skills

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Ice Climbing Skills

Ice climbing is a sport of good balance, good weight to strength ratio and good technique. The roping skills are similar to rock-climbing and the protection points are usually on special ice-screws. The Ice Climbing Skills Course is a personal recreational training course, providing training for those who wish to learn to climb single and multi pitch water-ice routes. The Drakensberg is the perfect venue for this and this course takes place at Sani Pass or Bokong in Lesotho..

Duration: 3 days

The Ice Climbing Skills course covers:

  • Equipment care and usage
  • Ice climbing equipment and care
  • Introduction to placing ice protection equipment, including multi-point anchors
  • Route finding
  • Ice climbing grading systems
  • Seconding ice climbs
  • Introduction to lead ice climbing
  • Easy multi pitch climbing, including single and double rope techniques
  • Escape/retreat/V threads from multi-pitch ice routes
  • Emergency procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills

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Snow Climbing Skills

Planning on climbing in the greater rangers of the world? Then you need to know the skills of moving up, down and across steep snow. The Snow climbing Skills Course is a personal recreational training course which provides training for those who wish to learn to climb snow climbs and snow gullies on the African continent. It is also the perfect way to learn the skills needed to climb in the greater ranges of the world. If climbing Elbrus or Aconcagua or similar peaks, this is also the course for you. The course usually takes place at Garden Castle in the southern Drakenberg.

Duration: 3 days

The Snow Climbing Skills course covers:

  • Snow climbing equipment care and usage
  • weather patterns
  • Introduction to placing and building snow belays
  • Properties of the snow pack
  • Snow climbing grading systems
  • Introduction to lead snow climbing
  • Moving together in a roped party
  • Escape/retreat from snow climbs
  • Snow hole shelters and bivvies
  • Avalanche awareness, Crevasse awareness
  • Emergency procedures
  • Introduction to high altitude health problems and their avoidance
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills

I want to book and find out more information on this Snow Climbing Skills course.

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

  2 Responses to “Mountain Development Trust Skills Courses”

  1. Hi,
    I was just wondering if you have a set programme for the instructors courses and if so do you have any dates for upcoming courses?

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