Mountain Aid Winter talk last night Kilmarnock full house again tonight Dumfries Police HQ at 1930. Ayr United win what a day.

Last nights talk for Mountain Aid was held in Kilmarnock at the Capringham Golf Club it was a great success with another full house. The event was hosted by the Am Binnien club. Thanks to all.

Despite the dark night I was amazed at the turn out and the venue was great thanks to all involved ! The Galloway Mountain Rescue Team were there and were a great help in setting up. Thanks to all.

My voice is beginning to hurt as it was a long night but with such a great crowd a superb night!

I was born nearby in Ayr and have many happy memories of this area. My local hills in Galloway and Arran mean so much to me. It was great to pass on some thoughts of staying safe in the mountains.

My view of Arran a place I love!

There was also about 20 local Scouts and they seemed to enjoy the evening.

Tonight I was asked about gloves for the hills and having a spare pair with you at all times . Also was what I thought of carrying a beacon emergency on the hill and that we should all aim to be Self Reliant! Tell folk what your plans are for your day out and the big priority navigation practice practice practice.

 I got this in an email when I got back makes the night well worth while!

“but more importantly you gave me pause to consider my own safety on the hills – I promise to be better prepared from now on and to think more about what could happen. My wife

squeezed my hand when you told us about the child shouting for her Daddy at Glencoe – am glad she was with me – it was an important moment and reinforced my responsibility to make sure I come home from every trip.”

Keep going with the book Heavy, we are both looking forward to reading more about your experiences in the wild places ”

On Face book thanks from Air Nan Creagan Mountaineering /hillwalking

“Excellent talk by Heavy Whalley tonight, thanks Mountain Aid for organising and Am Binnein for hosting.

Too much to post about fully but a few things that stood out:

Learn to navigate (don’t be a follower!) – lots of courses available

Everyone in group should have a map and compass

Leave route cards so MR know where to look if you are overdue

Have a glove strategy! ie have a spare pair – same for hat and head torch

Have a whistle and if you need to use it don’t stop until MR are within sight

Be prepared to turn back if weather deteriorates (or do something lower than planned)

Sign up to the 999 text service

Microspikes only suitable for flat icy paths!

Don’t put off putting crampons on/get ice axe out as soon as conditions require them

Plan route carefully in winter and according to experience of whole group

I’m sure there’s a lot I’ve missed please feel free to fill the gaps ”

So far it’s been interesting finding the venues but the Help has been great and the folk attending superb. It was great to see a varied audience and lots of young folk! I was glad my nephew was there as was one of the audience again that I got to know well after months of tragic searching for a loved one! Her words meant a lot to me.

I wish my Mum and Dad had been there as there was a great audience and I even got helping with the raffle ! So many good memories of Ayrshire and it’s folk,

Hopefully my voice will keep going maybe need a mike in Dumfries?

It was a joy to talk so near to my home town maybe one day I will get a chance to speak my home town in Ayr?

Any takers?

In all a great night – tonights venue is Dumfries Police Headquarters start at 1930 should be a great night?

See you there ?

Ayr United win 3 nil last night and now top of the league great win made my day.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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