Mountain YouTube channel hits the spot

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) YouTube Channel reached the 100,000 downloads mark this week.

The MCofS channel on YouTube is a great place to find useful information, especially on issues relating to mountain safety. Three video clips in particular have achieved a phenomenal number of downloads. These are: “Crevasse rescue” (39,000), “Roping up for glaciers” (30,000) and “Ice axe self arrest” (23,700).

However, the MCofS channel doesn’t just contain videos about winter safety. Videos about aspects of year-round mountain safety include “Water hazards in the mountains”, “When lightning strikes” and “Ticks”.

MCofS Mountaineering Development Officer, Kevin Howett, said: “Our YouTube channel is providing a great service and lots of hill walkers and climbers are picking up some great tips from watching our videos.”

MCofS Membership Development Officer, Mike Dales, said: “The MCofS has put a lot of effort into making a series of safety related videos and DVDs; so it is fantastic that so many mountaineers are visiting our channel and learning from the clips that we are showing on our YouTube channel.”

The full length versions of the MCofS safety DVDs can be purchased by visiting the MCofS shop.

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