ML Assessment - how competent do you need to be?


I took my ML(T) about a year ago today. Although I am still far off the standard needed, I would be grateful if anyone could shed some light on the standards needed for the assessment. I have enough days, but I am not happy with
a) my nav standard,
b) my rope skills

How intensive is the test? What First Aid qual. do you need?

Also, does having the ML make you a JESMEL, or do you need winter walking stuff, and rock climbing experience for that?

Finally, my OTC says that you need the SMP before taking the ML(T). I'm pretty sure that isn't true - my sister managed to get on without it - are they being an*L for the sake of it?

Many thanks

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