Mountain Rescue legend Dave ‘Heavy’ Whalley presents a series of free illustrated winter mountain safety talks at venues across Scotland.
As we approach the winter season, registered charity Mountain Aid will once again be offering its free series of winter lectures. Heavy’s talks will provide essential safety tips for hillwalkers and mountaineers venturing into the Scottish mountains during the winter months, from choosing the right boots to interpreting weather and avalanche forecasts, choosing what to eat and drink to maximising your chances of surviving a rescue incident.

Talk dates and venues

Monday 12 November, 19.30

  • Monarch Bar, 43-47 James Street, Dunfermline, KY12 7QE
  • Access via stairs (no lift available)
  • Hosted by Cioch Hill Walking Club and Fife Out and About

Tuesday 13 November, 19.30

  • Harbour Arts Centre, Harbour Street, Irvine, KA12 8PZ
  • Hosted by Air na Creaggan Mountaineering Club

Wednesday 14 November, 20.00

  • Clydesdale Inn, 15 Bloomgate, Lanark, ML11 9ET
  • Hosted by Upperward Mountaineering Club

Thursday 15 November, 19.30

  • Methodist Church, 20 West Marketgait, Dundee, DD1 1QR
  • Hosted by Ancrum Mountaineering Cub

Friday 16 November, 19.30

  • GP Hall, Central Building, Hillhead Student Village, Don Street, Aberdeen, AB24 1WU
  • Hosted by Aberdeen Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society

Heavy was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue for 36 years including Team Leader RAF Leuchars, Team Leader RAF Kinloss, Deputy Team leader RAF Valley in North Wales and 20 years on the executive of the Scottish Mountain Rescue committee.
Mountain Aid is a registered charity (SC040294) with the primary objective of promoting safety on the hills. The annual winter safety talks are backed up with a programme of free ‘on the hill’ winter skills courses delivered by an MIC instructor. Other initiatives include summer navigation and outdoor first aid training and the 2017 Skills for the Hills event at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
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