Dave MacLeods views were sought on the new-look website

Dave MacLeod's views were sought on the new-look website

Scotland’s mountaineering body has had a makeover – online, at least.

Celebrity climber Dave MacLeod was among those whose input was used to revamp the website of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. The council, which represents, supports and promotes Scottish mountaineering, has updated its online presence to include links to outdoor bloggers and news sites such as grough.

MCofS chief officer David Gibson said: “The new website is a team effort; we asked Scotland’s top climber Dave MacLeod – and our members – to identify what climbers and hillwalkers really want in a website, and we have designed the site to make this information easily available.”

Chris Townsend: real buzz

Chris Townsend: 'real buzz'

The council’s president Chris Townsend said: “We have re-vamped our website to coincide with our ongoing Walker Climber Skier Member campaign to attract more members to the MCofS.

“This is an extremely exciting time for the MCofS and there is a real buzz about the organisation. There has never been a better time to join the MCofS to support our vital work and enjoy the benefits of membership.”

Membership development officer Mike Dales said: “Visitors to the website are growing month on month. The service we provide to members is improving all the time and the website is part of that overall improvement in the support that we are providing to all kinds of mountaineers.”

The site also has up-to-date information on access and conservation and mountain skills and safety.

The MCofS has 10,500 members and is funded by a combination of membership subscriptions, grants, and investment from sportscotland, which supports public initiatives and services in mountain safety, mountain weather information services, mountain leader training and the development and promotion of mountaineering activities.

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