What is Mountain Leadership School?

Mountain Leadership School is the AMC’s most comprehensive outdoor leadership development program. Individuals take advantage of MLS to learn to manage risks and confidently enjoy their wilderness experience with minimal impact on the backcountry. The course is applicable to those who hike solo, with friends, or intend to lead groups. Originally conceived to teach personal outdoor leadership in the face of recurring demands for mountain rescue services placed on the National Forestry Service, MLS is now in its 61st year!

What sets MLS apart is its learn-by-doing method of instruction that will have you actively using your new skills as you acquire them. Experience has shown that this provides an optimal learning environment. MLS offers multiple levels of instruction so whether you are relatively new or highly experienced in the outdoors MLS has an offering that is right for you.

AMC’s five-day Mountain Leadership School is staffed by highly experienced AMC volunteer instructors with vast backcountry experience who keep the curriculum applicable to today’s leadership challenges. MLS curriculum includes:

  • Accident prevention
  • Emergency scene management
  • Personal management
  • Group dynamics & group management
  • Backcountry navigation
  • Trip planning
  • Low-impact travel (Leave No Trace)

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