British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML)
All the Alpine trekking and snowshoeing courses offered by Icicle, are led by qualified International Mountain Leaders (IML's). The UK association of IML's is called the British Association of International Mountain Leaders (BAIML). Internationally many countries have IML associations, and the umbrella organisation is the Union of International Mountain Leader Associations (UIMLA). This page provides more detail about the IML training and qualification, so you know that you are being led by the very best in the business!
All full IML's hold the international UIMLA carnet for guiding. One of our UIMLA guiding team has produced some key public documents for BAIML which you can view by clicking on the images below.
BAIML Guide for Candidates
Why you should hire an IML
A document for all prospective IML's. It explains the qualification and training process that candidates must go through. It is also interesting reading for all those wanting to find out more about the qualification.
A 2 page explanation of the range of activities offered by IML's and the scope of the qualification. The document outlines why you should seek to hire an IML for trekking or snowshoeing holidays.
Continual Professional Development (CPD)
Icicle is widely recognised as one of the largest guided snowshoeing and trekking companies, that is run by qualified IMLs, and it is no wonder that many trainee and qualified IMLs come to us for professional training. Here are the three areas in which we often provide high standard professional training, led by IMLs who are active leaders, working in the mountains every day, who are keen to share their experience with you.
Snowshoeing and Winter Training - click for details
Many people each year enrol on one of our professional snowshoeing courses, which are aimed at IMLs looking for CPD training, or perhaps those preparing for an assessment or for quality mountain days to start the IML training scheme. UIMLA carnet holders get a 10% discount on our snowshoe courses, so for further information, please click on this link. As well as these scheduled courses, we can run extra dates for two or more people.
Trekking and Summer Training - click for details
If you are working towards your IML summer assessment, you may feel you require extra coaching in anything from navigation to ropework, river crossings to language skills. Get in touch with your ideas, and we can put a course together for you from one day to a week, with existing clients or on your own. We know the standards you are examined to, and aim to train you to an even higher level and standard than you are examined at.
Bespoke Training - click for details
We are often contacted to provide bespoke training, by those working towards their IML, who are worried about an element that they feel they require further training and coaching on. We have run everything from mock speed navigation tests, to avalanche transceiver search exams, and dummy assessments, so people can guage where they are at and what further preparation needs to be done. Contact us with your ideas or worries!
Our guide team in the UK, Alps and Worldwide
Icicle protects its clients through it's leader guarantee scheme. In some of the most popular Alpine countries, including France, it is a legal requirement for all those paid to lead treks or snowshoeing to be qualified as a UIMLA leader. We guarantee that all our trek leaders are fully qualified. Some UK trekking companies who are household names are ignoring this law. If you book with them and an accident occurs, your insurance may be invalid. We invite anyone to match our guarantee.
Icicle has been fortunate to have several BAIML leaders working for them over the years, and we are always happy and keen to work with more in the future, so if you are a BAIML member looking for work, then please don't hesitate to get in touch via the Mountain Leader Jobs page of the Icicle website.
To the right is the badge / medal worn by all UIMLA International Mountain Leaders. It is your guarantee of the highest standards in the mountains. Click on the logo for more details, and to visit the website of the British Association of International Mountain Leaders, whose website will open for you in a new window. If you have any further queries about IML's and qualifications then please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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