More on the Mountain Weather Information Service – if it’s gone soon we will all be losers.? 

To anyone who is interested. I feel we need a concerted effort to lobby the Scottish Parliament on the issue of MWIS. Please read and the breaking news about the possibility of MWIS being stopped due to a lack of funding. I have contacted Sports Scotland (Glenmore Lodge), the Met Office and the Scottish Parliament. Details on the link shown. Also this below to Geoff Monk.

Great words by Alan Kimber a local highly respected Mountain Guide !

Dear Geoff,
I recently posted the below on Facebook. It has been shared nearly 100 times. None of the responses were against MWIS. You have very high support and respect from the mountaineering community in the UK. Your commitment and knowledge are legendary. Along with thousands of other UK mountaineers, I am on your side. I hope that Sports Scotland and Met Office and Ministers realise your forecast format and dedication must be maintained into the future to help save lives. The funding required is small when compared to the cost benefit involved.

Please keep in touch and let me know what is needed without any aggravation to MO or SS.
Alan Kimber

…”Geoff Monk and MWIS are being taken offline from 31 Dec 2016 as far as I can see and the decision by Sport Scotland, MCoS and the Scottish Government has already been made, behind closed doors. Cost saving could be at the heart of this, so I hope that whoever takes over mountain forecasts in the UK can also help save lives in the way that Geoff Monk and MWIS has over many years. Anyone who has listened to Geoff Monk will know how knowledgeable, enthusiastic and committed he is to forging links with mountaineers. Personally I don’t think he can be replaced and If you feel able to pass on this bad news within the mountain community, it may help to show how much Geoff Monk is held in high regard. Have any of you been asked for an opinion on which mountain forecast is best for mountaineers? Have any of you been asked if MWIS is fit for purpose? Try lobbying your local MSP and MCoS. Please also share this post to as many folk as you can, especially the Met Office. They will struggle to follow Geoff Monk”….
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