This is why we climb for view like the Mick Tighe Photo above. It is amazing the power of the Internet and how that friends can share their experiences with you by phone or email. This week in just over 3 weeks since my surgery and I am getting there slowly but cheered up by great photos like the one above I get most days from friends who are out enjoying the wonderful Scottish winter. I am not jealous but love to see the hills and them in their adventures in the wild places especially in winter. I have been restricted in my walking but the daily walks in my local area has opened my eyes to a new world. The Moray Firth is looking great just now and across the water to the mighty Ben Wyvis and Morven are ever-changing in the snow and light.
There is always a new sighting daily, different birds or the light hitting the waves and the sound of the stones churning on the tides. Add to that a keen wind at times and varying weather and I am blessed to have all this on my doorstep. The Moray Way is busy with all types enjoying the walking and views and it is great to see so many out.
I have three lectures this month two on Mountain Safety which I am passionate, hoping that a few of my epics in the past will be passed on in to the audience for them to learn from. It is a hard subject to talk about but I try to make this serious subject fun and educational. It was I felt a great night at the Clachaig Inn Glencoe last Tuesday a full house of over 120 what a night. It was my first big trip since the operation and though tired it was a magic night and thanks to Nevisport , Mamutt and the Clachiag for sponsoring these Safety Lectures. It is great to see that some of the big companies are supporting Mountain Safety and education and you get some great Questions, always when packing up! This week is Richard Bentley on winter strategies for Glencoe and Ben Nevis on Tuesday night at the Clachaig Inn at 2000 hours please come early for a seat. This was the first time I had spoken at the Clachaig Inn a place I have a great love for and memories of great days. It was also on a plan to take my late father round the famous climbing Hotels/ Inns and climb the Mountains he loved in style a thing we never had the money to do till later in life. Unfortunately we never managed this as he took ill just as I had booked the Clachaig Inn and never made it, so it was a special night for me. Never put off such ideas as you never know what is round the next corner.
I love the Mountain Cafe in Aviemore and the food is great and the crowd always fun. This lecture is supported by the Munro Society and the Mountaineering Council Of Scotland . I hope to get a wander round the Corries before the lecture if I am feeling okay and up for it. It gets busy so I would book in advance the number is on the poster. A few just come for the lecture and a coffee or drink and get there before the lecture starts at 2000 hours. Lets hope I do not disappoint those who come? All the lectures collect for Scottish Mountain Rescue usually the local teams who always need the money to continue to assist the teams funding.
Todays top tip – Make sure your Phone is charged and can be used in bad weather / Could you use your touch type phone in a blizzard may be worth carrying and older simpler phone that you can use in wild weather if you need to? Are you registered with the Emergency Text Service? About 70% of the audience at the Clachaig were not!
Hill and mountain walkers urged to register for emergency SMS text service
Walkers who visit areas with bad mobile phone access can now register with a new service that allows 999 calls to be made via a text message.
Heather Morning, safety adviser with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, is urging walkers and climbers to register for this service in advance and not to wait for an emergency. She says,
“If you cannot make voice calls, you can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone.
“This is going to be particularly useful for those needing 999 assistance in the hills when mobile reception is poor and there is not enough signal to make a call.”
The emergency SMS service was established originally for deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech-impaired people. It allows users to contact the UK 999 services by sending an SMS text message.
Mountain Rescue Services in the UK are usually coordinated by the police.
Emergency Text Service?
To register, text ‘Register’ to 999. You will get a reply and will then need to follow the instructions you are sent
PLEASE REGISTER YOU MAY NEED TO USE THIS, IT MAY SAVE YOUR LIFE?