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Prior to attending this Rockclimbing Multi-Pitch Award Assessment course candidates should:
• Have attended a training course or been granted exemption from training
• Have gained further experience (see Experience Pre-Requirements in syllabus)
• Be competently leading Hard Severe grade climbs on outdoor crags with leader-placed protection
• Hold a valid First Aid Certificate
• Logged an absolute minimum of 10 more multi-pitch climbs after training that are outdoors, on leader placement protection. At least half must be of Hard Severe grade and with evidence of harder. The routes should be climbed at a minimum of 3 venues.
• Assisted with the supervision of 10 climbing sessions post-training, with some of them alongside an experienced MPA, MIA or IFMGA guide at a minimum of two different locations. MPA assessment takes places over 2 days, and also includes an evening session. Candidates will be tested in practical aspects of the syllabus by MTBI-approved assessors. The ratio is 1 instructor to 2 candidates for MPA assessment.
This Rockclimbing Leader Award Multi-Pitch Assessment is a two-day and two-evening course which will assess the syllabus requirements of candidates within the RCLA MP scheme.
Suitably qualified and experienced assessors will observe candidates operating at an appropriate level with regard to the scheme. This will include the following:
The Multi Pitch Award (MPA) scheme provides training and assessment in the skills required to lead climbers on a ‘limited remit’ of multi-pitch climbs. The scope of the award covers personal climbing, stance management, rope systems, client rescue and evacuation, etiquette, environmental responsibilities and more. Candidates will learn how to become an effective multi-pitch leader, fostering the spirit of climbing whilst also improving their own climbing skills.
Bring any of your own personal rock climbing / outdoor clothing and kit such as, waterproof jacket and trousers, boots, fleece jacket, hat and gloves, harness and rack, flask, water bottle, guidebook, and spare clothes. It’s best to bring plenty of lighter layers and avoid cotton if possible as it offers little heat and takes ages to dry out if wet or sweaty.
Tollymore can supply most of the equipment you require for this course but it is preferable to use your own, even if it’s just a chance for your instructor to comment on your kit and give advice.
The course fee includes kit, equipment, in course transport, coaching and food & accommodation.
Course accommodation will be in shared twin ensuite rooms. If you would prefer not to share a room, single occupancy may be available for an additional charge.