Series of winter lectures focus on issue of safety

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THE Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has launched its Winter Safety Lecture Series for the new year.

It will feature 21 free lectures presented by 12 speakers at six venues across Scotland in January, February and March.

Alongside the familiar venues of the Clachaig Inn at Glencoe and the Mountain Café in Aviemore, the MCofS is proud to announce a new partnership with Tiso and seven of the lectures will be held at the Tiso Outdoor Experience Stores in Glasgow, Edinburgh (Leith), Perth and Inverness.

The aim of the lectures is to entertain and educate on winter mountain safety. In order to deliver this, an inspiring array of speakers has been chosen to present the 2011 lecture series and an entertaining evening out is guaranteed.

MCofS Mountain Safety Adviser Heather Morning said: “All of our speakers have spent many years in the mountains and will draw on their own experience to illustrate hard lessons learnt.”

Each presentation will last approximately 45 minutes and there will be opportunity at the end of each evening for any questions.

MCofS Chief Officer David Gibson said: “Whilst these lectures entertain, they have a serious purpose; the number of mountaineering incidents is increasing due to more people enjoying the hills in varying and testing conditions.

“Our aim is to offer expert advice - and so help people enjoy the hills with a better understanding of how to tackle winter conditions - advice that one day could be invaluable.”

The 2011 Winter Lecture Series is being sponsored by Buff, and at every lecture everyone in the audience will be invited to enter a free draw to win a Polar Buff worth £23.

For further information contact Heather Morning on 01479 861 241 or go to the MCofS website at: http://www.mcofs.org.uk/winterlectureseries.asp

The lecture will take place as follows:-

The Clachaig Inn, Glencoe (Tuesday evenings): February 1 and 8 - Roger Wild;

February 15 and 22 - Adele Penningtonl March 1 and 8 - Tom Gilchrist.

The Mountain Café, Aviemore, (Wednesday evenings): January 12 and 26 - Nick Carter;

February 2 and 23 - Simon Steer; February 9 - Cameron McNeish; February 16 and March 2 - George McEwan; March 9 - David “Heavy” Whalley BEM MBE.

Tiso Stores, (Thursday evenings) – January 27 - Stuart Johnston, Perth; February 3 - Tamsin Gay, Edinburgh; February 10 - Rosie Goolden, Glasgow; February 17 - Di Gilbert, Inverness; February 24 - Stuart Johnston. Perth; March 3 - Stuart Johnston, Edinburgh; March 10 - Stuart Johnston, Glasgow

All lectures start at 8pm. Check out the MCofS website at: http://www.mcofs.org.uk/winterlectureseries.asp for further information about the Winter Lecture Series, including deals on meals before the lectures.

The Winter Lecture Series is just one element of the MCofS’s range of mountain safety initiatives. For information on our other mountain safety work, please go to: http://www.mcofs.org.uk/mountain-safety.asp.