Last night was my second last talk “Step into Winter” in a busy week for Mountain Aid on Mountain Safety. I left Ayr for my trip to Dundee and it was an easy journey no rain today. Arriving early to see the venue in daylight. It was in the Methodist Church in Dundee and what an epic I had getting round the one way system in Dundee eventually I found my way in with great help from Sue and her pal who were setting up the venue.
Few realise the work that the volunteers like Sue and her pal do . They set up the hall and looked after me. It was all so helpful and appreciated and this evening we were supported by Tayside Mountain Rescue Team.
Paul Russell and James Lamont represented Tayside Mountain Rescue Team tonight at David Whalley’s Mountain Aid Winter Safety talk in Dundee tonight. Lots of cracking advice from Heavy, the “godfather” of Mountain Rescue.
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The night went well not so big a crowd this time but great Questions and answers assisted by Tayside Mountain Rescue Team. Having a MR team there is so helpful as Ochils MRT did at a previous talk in Dunfermline.
They’d were questions like what do you carry ?
How do you call out a team ?
Call police and ask for Mountain Rescue.
When should you call out a team if your group is late off the hill?
If you are in a club or group it is worth talking about this aspect most give it a few hours if they are late. Look at experience in group weather and route etc. No team will be annoyed of you call the Police and ask for advice ?
Where can you leave your route ? Who can you leave it with ?
Sort out something before you go with someone you trust and make sure they understand your route and what your cut of times are ?
Helicopter assistance / what to do if a helicopter is called to assist you!
You will be briefed if your contactable by the Rescue Agencies.
Advice on what to carry.
When to turn back ?
Planning and practicing skills.
Beacons – on the hill the pros and cons?
Use of map and compass and back up to technology batteries etc.
Winter skills use of ice axe and boots training and advice. Avalanche awareness and various weather advice MET, MWIS .
In all a good evening then a long drive to Aberdeen for the final nights talk tonight.
Venue is the GP Hall, Central Building, Hillhead Student Village, Don St, Aberdeen, AB24 1WU. Start time 7.30pm.
Tonight the Aberdeen MRT will be there to assist it should be a good night.
This is the last in the series of 5 talks for Mountain Aid and my last one in Aberdeen. I have done two years and feel that it is good to change the speakers regularly.
This I hope keeps a freshness into the talks.
These talks are a great way of getting the safety message across a superb effort by Mountain Aid and its volunteers and the great work by local Mountaineering Clubs and Mountain Rescue Teams to promote Mountain Safety.
Thank you all for your support and I hope to see you tonight for the end of a busy 5 day tour.
I have met some great folk and enjoyed the evenings and the efforts by all. Now let’s get out on these winter hills and enjoy a great winters day.
Mountain Aid run free Course on navigation and winter skills why not look on their website for information or on their Facebook page.
The weather looks good for the weekend so get out there!