Mountaineering Scotland’s regular series of winter mountain safety evenings start this week. Mountain Safety Advisor Ian Stewart will share photos, videos, personal anecdotes and adventures, and discussing essential skills for winter navigation, avalanche awareness, route choice, equipment, mountain weather and much more.
The events will be held in outdoor shops and cost £5 (except 21 November which is £8 including coffee and cake). All proceeds from these lectures will go to local mountain rescue teams or Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance. Tickets can be booked at the website, dates and venues are:
21 November 2019, Edinburgh. Thursday evening at Craigdon, The Pentland Outdoor Centre, 44 Biggar Rd, Edinburgh EH10 7BJ. Tickets £8 (includes coffee and cake at the cafe). Doors open 6pm for a 6.45 start.
27 November 2019, Aberdeen. Wednesday evening at Tiso, 1 John Street, Aberdeen AB25 1BT. Tickets £5. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
28 November 2019, Inverness. Thursday evening at Tiso, Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness IV1 1SN. Tickets £5. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
3 December 2019, Glasgow. Tuesday evening start at Cotswold Outdoor Store, 30 West End Retail Park, 60 Crow Road, Partick, Glasgow G11 7RY. Tickets £5. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm
4 December 2019, Perth. Wednesday evening in Tiso, Highland Gateway, Inveralmond Roundabout, Perth PH1 3EE. Tickets £5. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.
5 December 2019, Stirling. Thursday evening at Cotswold Outdoor Store, Dobbie’s Garden Centre, Drip Road, Craigforth, Stirling FK9 4UF. Tickets £5. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
15 February 2020, Aviemore. Saturday evening at Tiso, Aviemore Outdoor Experience, Unit 1 Aviemore Retail Park, Aviemore PH22 1AF. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
In addition The Clachaig in Glencoe will be running their mountain safety evenings every Tuesday in February next year.
The other date to remember is that the Scottish avalanche forecasts will start again from Friday 13th December. There is currently widespread accumulations of snow on many mountains so avalanche awareness should be part of planning hill days from now on.