I left Moray in poor weather yesterday it was sleeting as I was heading for Dumbarton about 200 miles away for a Mountain Talk I am doing for the Charity Mountain Aid. It is a serious of talks for the winter tonight I am in Kilmarnock near my home town in Ayr. The venue is the Caprington Golf Club at starts at 1930 free entry all welcome. The event is hosted by the Am Binnein Hillwalking Club and hopefully it will go well.
The drive was a bit wild as I crossed the Dava Moor with snow and icy roads, the Cairngorms look plastered in early snow. I was on a mission and as the A82 was closed due to road works during the day I headed for Glasgow and the snow was gone at Dalwhinnie with a little on the high tops. I was missing out, will that be winter and the climbers are out and the North West has plenty of snow.
The roads were busy and I arrived early for a quick recce where the talk was at the Concord Centre and book into my Hotel nearby. I then spent a bit of time in Dumbarton in the afternoon. I met the Mountain Aid and my hosts the local Langcraig Club and set up in the hall and it was busy with a full house which is great on a dark wet night.
The chat was about and hour a break and then questions and a few more photos. I got some good questions about learning navigation, self-reliance on the hills, some basic hill gear for winter and getting the knowledge of how to use it. The essential kit, like torches, ice axes , crampons and planning your day looking at the weather avalanches and always being able to turn back and to have fun. Winter is a magic time so go and enjoy it safely.
I got asked about running in winter over the tops, crampons or spikes for the shoes? Some of the Questions “Could the snow centre in Glasgow/ Kinlochewe teach ice axe breaking, what best gear for hill in winter so many things man asked . Tas I was packing up. I was supposed to be going for a brew with one of the club but time was moving on and we left the address in the hall as the hall keeper was already late. Sorry for that.
I then headed back to the Hotel and got sorted for tonight at Kilmarnock the venue is the Caprington Golf Club starts at 1930, It is a free night sponsored by Mountain Aid.
Mountain Aid is a Registered Charity with three simple objectives:
- To find ways of helping to improve the quality of life of anyone permanently injured on the Scottish hills
- To promote training and education in the skills required to enjoy the Scottish hills safely, thereby reducing the likelihood of accidents
- To maintain a close relationship with the Scottish Mountain Rescue services, granting them funds for projects, equipment or activities which might otherwise not receive funding
If you or somebody you know is a hill-walker or climber, and you share our passion for the hills, then we hope that our objectives are valuable to you.