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Avalanche Training as winter chill sets in


Next January, the MCofS will be running a series of one-day “Avalanche Awareness” courses. Aimed at the general winter hill-walker, the courses are non-certificated and will be suitable for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of snow and avalanches, learn which areas to avoid and improve their understanding of reports and forecasts. Each course will consist of an indoor introduction to avalanche theory followed by a practical session on the hill.

The courses will be delivered by qualified and experienced instructors at a ratio of 1 tutor to 4 participants. Basic winter skills will NOT be covered. It is essential that course participants are comfortable and competent in winter conditions and have their own winter hill walking equipment.

The course costs £35 per person and the dates are:-

Saturday 9th January 2010 (Cairngorms/Glenmore Lodge)

Sunday 10th January 2010 (Cairngorms/Glenmore Lodge)

Saturday 30th January 2010 (Aonach Mor/Nevis Range)

Sunday 31st January 2010 (Aonach Mor/Nevis Range)

For more information please contact the MCofS Office on 01738-493942 or book your place now by sending a £35 cheque along with your address and telephone number to the MCofS Office (The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, The Old Granary, West Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5QP). Alternatively you can telephone the office on the number above to book and pay by card.

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