The School For Mountain Leadership

The School For Mountain Leadership

3. Military Mountain Leader

About us
Background info
Courses & Assessment
Software & Data
Photo gallery
Who's qualified?
Contact us


Our guiding section:
The Mountain Guide
Activity   Military

Because of the provisions of the South African Foreign Military Assistance Act, these courses are only available to the South african National Defence Force or other organs of the South African state unless specific permission is obtained to present these courses to the the defence forces of other states.

1. Outline
The SANDF currently has no single, integrated set of courses for Mountain Warfare aimed at the soldier on the ground. While the Special Forces do receive some training, other units who also operate in mountainous environments are excluded from this training and thus have no awareness of what mountains entail or capability to function, travel and fight in the mountains.

This is the third in a series of 3 courses aimed at developing skill in the mountains with a view to enhancing survivability and combat-effectiveness in mountainous areas. The courses are:

  • Mountain Orientation
  • Assault Climber
  • Military Mountain Leader

    With proper training and appropriate equipment it is possible for soldiers not only to survive but also to retain combat efficiency in conditions that are well outside the normal range of comfort. Knowing what techniques to apply and what equipment to use under specific circumstances is a fundamental part of this and is the foundation upon which experience is built. If the SANDF ends up operating in mountainous environments without proper training the casualty count will be a great deal higher than necessary both because of environmental injuries as well as the inability of soldiers to function properly and the associated loss of combat efficiency.

    2. Course topics

  • Altitude, acclimatisation and altitude–related illnesses
  • Hazard and risk analysis, risk management
  • Energy requirements for cold weather and altitude
  • Cold weather camping
  • Bivvy technique
  • Leadership challenges in mountainous environments
  • Equipment for snow and ice movement
  • Snow and ice movement techniques
  • Basic snow and ice climbing
  • Basic avalanche awareness
  • Glacier movement
  • Crevasse Rescue
  • Basic mountain rescue. If required the mountain rescue component can be scoped to include basic helicopter rescue techniques but a medium lift (Oryx or BK117) would be needed for a total of 3 hours flying time.

    3. Duration:
    This course lasts 2 weeks of long days and occasional nights.

    4. Numbers
    This course would be run for a maximum of 8 students at a time.

    5. Equipment
    Equipment can be rented if necessary on a per-group basis.

    6. Location
    This course can only be run in the Drakensberg or certain parts of the Western Cape, but the Western cape does not offer the altitude component. Furthermore the ice-climbing season in SA is only reliable for the month of July. It is therefore highly recommended that this course be scheduled so that it ends in the third week of July.

    7. Costs per course
    Using clients equipment: R 50,000 group of 8
    Rental of all equipment required R 15,000 per course.

  • Type   Full time Course
    Cost  P.O.A

    Webpage Error Reports