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Winter Safety Talks

As we approach the winter season, both Mountain Aid and Mountaineering Scotland are offering a series of winter mountain safety talks across the country.

The free Mountain Aid evenings will take place from 12 to 16 November and will be presented by mountain rescue legend Dave “Heavy” Whalley. Heavy’s talks will provide essential safety tips for hillwalkers venturing out into the Scottish mountains during the winter months. From choosing the right boots to interpreting weather and avalanche forecasts. From what to eat/drink to how to maximise your chances of surviving a rescue incident.

Mountain Safety Advisor, Heather Morning, will host Mountaineering Scotland’s talks which will take place between 27 November and 13 February 2019. Heather will share her beautiful photography, videos, personal anecdotes and adventures, while discussing essential skills for winter navigation, avalanche awareness, route choice, equipment, mountain weather and much more. These talks cost £5 with profits going to the local mountain rescue team or the Air Ambulance. MRT members will be at many of these evenings to chat about their experiences.

Mountain Aid talks
Monday 12th November, 7.30pm – Dunfermline
Monarch Bar, 43 – 47 James Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7QE (Access via stairs – no lift available)
Hosted by Cioch Hill Walking Club and Fife Out and About

Tuesday 13th November, 7.30pm – Irvine
Harbour Arts Centre, Harbour Street, Irvine, KA12 8PZ
Hosted by Air na Creaggan Mountaineering Club

Wednesday 14th November, 8pm – Lanark
Clydesdale Inn, 15 Bloomgate, Lanark, ML11 9ET
Hosted by Upperward Mountaineering Club

Thursday 15th November, 7.30pm – Dundee
Methodist Church, 20 West Marketgait, Dundee, DD1 1QR
Hosted by Ancrum Mountaineering Cub

Friday 16th November, 7.30pm – Aberdeen
GP Hall, Central Building, Hillhead Student Village, Don Street, Aberdeen, AB24 1WU
Hosted by Aberdeen Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society

For details of the Mountain Aid talks see the Facebook page.

Mountaineering Scotland talks
Tuesday 27th November 2018, 7.30pm – Aberdeen
Tiso, 1 John Street, Aberdeen AB25 1BT. (Doors open – 7pm.)

Wednesday 28th November 2018 – Dundee
Discovery Point, Riverside Drive, Dundee DD1 4XA (start time 7.30pm)

Thursday 29th November 2018, 7.30pm – Inverness
Tiso, Longman Industrial Estate, Inverness IV1 1SN (Doors open – 7pm.)
Supporting Dundonnell & Torridon MRT

Monday 3rd December 2018, 7pm – Edinburgh
Cotswold Outdoor Store, 72 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2NN

Tuesday 4th December 2018, 7pm – Glasgow
Cotswold Outdoor Store, 30 West End Retail Park, 60 Crow Road, Partick, Glasgow G11 7RY
Supporting Arrochar MRT

Wednesday 5th December 2018, 7pm – Stirling
Cotswold Outdoor Store, Dobbies Garden Centre, Drip Road, Craigforth, Stirling FK9 4UF
Supporting Killin MRT

Thursday 6th December 2018, 7.30pm – Perth
Tiso, Highland Gateway, Inveralmond roundabout, Perth PH1 3EE (Doors open – 7pm.)
Supporting Ochils MRT

Wednesday 13th February 2019 – Aviemore
Tiso, Aviemore.

For more details for the Mountaineering Scotland evenings see the website.




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