Mountain Aid safety talks next week all free entry and I am sure it will be a good night.

Next week I am away doing the Mountain Aid Talks that run from Monday to Friday. Last year I did the same and enjoyed the week and met so many folk. It is great to get out and talk to folk and pass on some of my experiences. This year has been a hard one with my sisters nephews being killed last winter in the mountains and my pal Ted Atkins who fell in the Italian Alps last month.   I have always been committed to Mountain Safety and as the Statistician for many years for  Scottish Mountain Rescue I was privy to many incidents. Yet the hills are my love and few have an accident most enjoy the mountains and in the winter this is even more special. Yet every winter we learn and get reminders of how nature is in charge, skills fade through the years but the love of wild places is my life. Please come and share a few tales and maybe even the expert may get a reminder of enjoying the hills safely.  The talks are sponsored by Mountain Aid and are free.

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

  1. To promote training and education in the skills required to enjoy the Scottish hills safely, thereby reducing the likelihood of accidents
  2. 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
  3. 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. of life of anyone permanently injured on the Scottish hills
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    Mountain Aid Logo

    the skills required to enjoy the Scottish hills safely, thereby reducing the likelihood of accidents

  5. 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
  6. f helping to improve the quality of life of anyone permanently injured on the Scottish hills
  7. To promote training and education in the skills required to enjoy the Scottish hills safely, thereby reducing the likelihood of accidents
  8. T o maintain a close relationship with the Scottish Mountain Rescue services, granting them funds for projects, equipment or activities which might
  9. Monday 12th     Dunfermline –   Monarch Bar, James St,KY12 7QE

Starts at 1930 – Hosted by Cioch Mountaineering Club

Tuesday 13th     Irvine –    114-116 Harbour St, Irvine KA12 8PZ  starts at 1930

Hosted by  Air na Creagan Mountaineering http://www.craggy.org.uk/

Wednesday 14th    Lanark –    Clydesdale Hotel, 15 Bloomgate,  ML11 9ET

Starts at 2000. Hosted by Upperward Mountaineering Club http://upperwardmountaineeringclub.org.uk

Thursday 15th     Dundee – Methodist Church, West Marketgait, Starts at 1930.

20 West Marketgait, Dundee DD1 1QR

Hosted by Ancrum Mountaineering Club https://ancrummountaineeringclub.wordpress.com/

 

Friday 16th           Aberdeen – Central Building, Student village, Don St, AB24 1WU

Starts at 1930. Hosted by Aberdeen Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society, https://www.auwems.com/   and   facebook.com/auwems

A wild river – the Tarquinn collection.

We have had a discussion regarding the contents of the talks and an important facet of Mountain Aid is the promotion of safety in the hills.

With this in mind we feel the safety lectures should always include direct reference to the following points.

  • Clothing and footwear for winter
  • Crampons, including boot compatibility
  • Ice-axes and their use    –     Mention Mountain Aid subsidised winter skills courses.
  • Ancillary equipment including head torches and survival bags.
  • Food and drink for winter
  • Navigation in winter   –       Mention Mountain Aid subsidised navigation courses.
  • Weather, including avalanche avoidance.

  • How does it all go wrong?  –  and what to do when it goes wrong.

Relevant anecdotal illustrations of these points in rescue situations is helpful.

These points could be covered within the first hour, we can then have a short break followed by a further 30 mins or so as an informal session with Q&As.

FREE SKILLS COURSES FOR 2019

Mountain Aid are pleased to announce 4 winter safety skills courses for 2019 :

Northern Cairngorms
January 19th and 20th
February 9th and 10th

Booking for these course will be opening in mid-October. If you have not already registered an interest please contact us via the free skills courses contact form

FREE SKILLS COURSES FOR 2018

Mountain Aid would like to thank all the students who undertook a training course in 2018, as well as Andy Cloquet and Venture Medical for all the hard work in presenting the courses over the year.
2018 has been our most successful year to date with 24 people taking the winter skills courses, 40 people taking the confidence with navigation courses, and 10 on the first aid course.

Follow us on FaceBook –
https://www.facebook.com/MountainAidUK/

​Mountain aid – Scottish Charity Number – SC040294

 

 

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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