Learn Skills for the Hills with help of Moun­tain Aid

The Oban Times - - Outdoors -

AN EVER- GROW­ING num­ber of Scots are es­cap­ing to the hills to en­joy moun­tain ad­ven­tures each year.

With spring just around the corner, more than 30 of Scot­land’s lead­ing out­door or­gan­i­sa­tions will join forces next month for an event aim­ing to equip all those who love the Scot­tish outdoors with the skills they need to ven­ture out safely.

Held at the Royal Con­cert Hall in Glas­gow on Satur­day March 25, Skills for the Hills is or­gan­ised by the Scot­tish char­ity Moun­tain Aid, in con­junc­tion with Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land.

It is set to in­spire, ed­u­cate and en­ter­tain the many who head onto the hills, be they sum­mer hill walk­ers, all-weather climbers or moun­tain bik­ers. It also seeks to en­cour­age the many more who don’t know what they are miss­ing and sign­post some of the ways they can get started.

The event will be of­fi­cially opened by out­door broadcaster and jour­nal­ist Cameron McNeish, who has been a pa­tron of Moun­tain Aid since 2010. He will also de­liver a key­note lec­ture on the day.

A var­ied pro­gramme of talks will also give prac­ti­cal ad­vice from ex­pert speak­ers in­clud­ing Heather Morn­ing, moun­tain safety ad­viser with Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from SARDA (the Search and Res­cue Dogs As­so­ci­a­tion) and sur­vival skills per­son­al­ity from Back­woods Sur­vival School Pa­trick McGlinchey.

There will be in­ter­ac­tive skills work sta­tions cov­er­ing moun­tain weather ser­vices, navigation, first aid for the hills, avalanche aware­ness and fore­cast­ing.

Skills for the Hills takes place on Satur­day March 25 from 10am to 4.30pm.

Full de­tails of the event pro­gramme can be found on the Moun­tain Aid web­site at www. moun­tainaid.org.uk

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