It's still winter on Scotland's mountains

It's still winter on Scotland's mountains

The crocuses might be pushing through the soil and the lapwings pee-witting across the fells, but while much of the country enjoys a taste of spring, in the Scottish mountains it’s still winter.

And the final trio of talks in the Mountaineering Council of Scotland’s Winter Safety Lecture series take place next week.

The first of the free presentations will be at the Clachaig Inn in Glencoe next Tuesday, 8 March, when Tom Gilchrist delivers his talk, and on the following day David ‘Heavy’ Whalley, an elder statesman of Scottish mountain safety, will be lecturing at the Mountain Cafe in Aviemore.

The series concludes on Thursday with an evening event with Stuart Johnson at Tiso’s Glasgow store in Couper Street.

The lectures are open to both MCofS members and non-members and start at 8pm. Full details are on the Mountaineering Council of Scotland website.

  • The sportscotland Avalanche Information Service has introduced online maps detailing where avalanches have taken place.

The service pinpoints avalanche sites in the five areas it covers: Lochaber, Glencoe, Craig Meagaidh and the southern and northern Cairngorms. Users can choose displays of recent incidents, this season’s and for years right back to 1991.

The maps can be viewed on the SAIS website, along with forecasts for the five areas. The forecasts run until April.

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