I am away to Aviemore tonight for my Winter Talk in the Cairngorm Hotel at 8 pm, I hope to get a wander before the chat and leave home late morning. It hopefully will be a good evening and is sponsored by the Munro Society and Mountaineering Scotland. It is great that both try and help with Mountain Safety Education of those who love the wild places in winter.
As always it will be very similar subjects covered as few things change. This has been a big winter and despite the thaw that is on now the Cornices in places still need care! Navigation is a key at all times and the thought that this is not hill walking but winter mountaineering.
A will also speak about the cornices as always the have already caused problems and the key to safe travel is good navigation. This is never easy and despite modern technology you still need the map and compass and the knowledge of their uses. There wiil be a few tales some happy and some sad but hopefully the word may get out and one of the most important things is to tell folk where your going and a Munro in summer is not the same in winter.
It is also about enjoying loving the mountains looking after them and yourself to enjoy the beauty and inspiration of a winter mountain and to bring the youth into this wonderful arena. To watch the snow devils move along a plateau is a wonderful sight that always makes me think how luck we are to live here and enjoy this place. It is always worth remembering that the mountains will always be there so there, the secret is to be there with them.
I did a series of talks last year for Mountain Aid I got some great feedback
– ” 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 and tell her where I am going”