Ex­tended train­ing for stu­dents

The Oban Times - - Outdoors -

THE SUC­CESS of a ground­break­ing win­ter moun­tain safety part­ner­ship be­tween St John Scot­land and Moun­taineer­ing Scot­land has led to its ex­pan­sion into the autumn months as well as win­ter.

The pro­ject, funded by St John Scot­land, is aimed at young peo­ple, with an ex­pe­ri­enced moun­tain safety in­struc­tor work­ing di­rectly with Scot­tish univer­sity moun­taineer­ing clubs.

The scheme be­gan in the win­ter of 2015-16 when Nick Carter worked with 10 dif­fer­ent univer­sity moun­taineer­ing clubs, giv­ing on-the-hill train­ing to stu­dents, teach­ing them about win­ter skills, win­ter moun­taineer­ing and win­ter climb­ing, de­pend­ing on their ex­ist­ing lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence. He also gave evening win­ter safety lec­tures.

By the end of the first sea­son, St John Scot­land was so im­pressed by what the pro­ject had achieved it ex­tended it into the autumn term.

This will al­low pre-win­ter train­ing which will pre­pare of­ten in­ex­pe­ri­enced stu­dents in ad­vance of the less for­giv­ing con­di­tions in win­ter.

An­gus Loudon, St John Scot­land’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said: ‘The work he does with young peo­ple is crit­i­cal and en­sures climbers are equipped with the nec­es­sary skills to deal with Scot­land’s of­ten treach­er­ous ter­rain and con­di­tions.’

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