LISTEN: Stuart Younie explains what mountaineers can do to keep safe up in the hills this winter
Mountaineering experts are running a campaign which is asking walkers to take care while venturing up into the mountains this winter.
The #ThinkWINTER campaign is a joint venture between Mountaineering Scotland and Scottish Mountain Rescue to direct people to the most relevant sources of advice on winter hiking, mountaineering
Shaun Roberts, Principal of Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s National Outdoor Training Centre, said: “We’re all eager to make the most of this winter after such a difficult year and for many of us this will be our first winter days out in a very long time. We’ll all need to be honest with ourselves around skills fade and to take time to remember to dial in our winter mountain sense, be that on a pair of skis or on foot. Access the Scottish Avalanche Information Service forecasts and blog posts, build back up slowly and let’s make this a winter full of good memories.”
While the #ThinkWINTER campaign aims to provide information to help people be self-sufficient in the mountains and avoid the need for help from volunteer mountain rescue teams, the organisations involved also want to make sure people know how to call for help and what to do in the event that things do go wrong.
Damon Powell, Chairman of Scottish Mountain Rescue, said: “Spending time in our mountains and wild places across Scotland has become more important than ever, whether you are new to the hills or an experienced mountaineer. If you are lucky enough to be able to enjoy Scotland’s mountains, when many would say they are at their finest, we would urge you to #ThinkWINTER and ensure you are suitably equipped, with the necessary skills, to enjoy our incredible outdoors safely and thereby support our volunteer teams who will assist you any hour, any day and any weather.
“And remember, if you are lost, injured and in need of assistance or in an emergency, dial 999 ask for police then mountain rescue.”
For more information please visit www.mountaineering.scot/activities/thinkwinter