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Top tips for winter mountaineers at Inverness talk


By Ian Duncan

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Ian Stewart
Ian Stewart

There will be top tips for winter mountaineers at a lecture in Inverness tomorrow.

The fascinating insight into the outdoor activity in Scotland will be presented by Ian Stewart who is a mountain safety adviser with Mountaineering Scotland.

He will be at the Tiso Outdoor Experience store, on Longman Industrial Estate, and doors are set to open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

It is hoped that the fascinating insight will provide outdoor enthusiasts in the city with essential advice before heading into the hills at this time of year.

Walking in the mountains in winter can be a wonderful experience - but specialist skills are a must for anybody venturing onto the high tops at this time of year. Picture: John Davidson
Walking in the mountains in winter can be a wonderful experience - but specialist skills are a must for anybody venturing onto the high tops at this time of year. Picture: John Davidson

Mr Stewart was hooked into life in the outdoors from an early age, growing up just 10 minutes from Armscliffe Crag at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, and after working in the outdoors he made the move north to Scotland

He has been working full time as a mountaineering instructor for 10 years – he is qualified as a winter mountaineering and climbing instructor and has also spent a significant period of time climbing, walking, skiing and working in the Alps.

As well as walking and climbing he is an enthusiastic runner, has a keen interest in teaching navigation and is on the board of directors for the National Navigation Award Scheme and delivers its Tutor Award.

A Mountaineering Scotland spokesman said: "With our increasingly unpredictable climate and weather, a flexible approach and sound mountaineering skills are essential when it comes to enjoying quality days out in the mountains in winter, whether you walk, climb or ski.

"Ian will share photos, videos, personal anecdotes and adventures, while equipping listeners with some essential skills for winter navigation, avalanche awareness, route choice, equipment, mountain weather and much more.

"The talk is aimed at both experienced winter mountaineers, and those venturing out to the winter mountains for the first time."

The lecture at Tiso should be booked in advance, with all proceeds going to mountain rescue, and bookings can be made at www.mountaineering.scot/winterlectures


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