The safety day is aimed at everyone who takes to Scotland's hills

The safety day is aimed at everyone who takes to Scotland's hills

Outdoor enthusiasts are being invited to clue themselves up on how to keep safe on the hills at a gathering next month.

Scotland’s Mountain Safety Day brings together rescuers, gear makers, meteorologists and a host of experts to offer advice to hillgoers.

Jointly organised by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and hillwalking charity Mountain Aid, the Stirling event aims to be informative and fun.

The event will be officially opened by the charity’s patron, journalist and broadcaster Cameron McNeish, who will give an illustrated talk.

A spokesperson for the MCofS said: “Having the right skills for Scotland’s mountains means you can be self-reliant and enjoy our superb landscapes and a fantastic world of adventure without travelling to the ends of the earth.

“Confidence in the mountains starts with knowing where to get the right equipment and the best advice.”

The council, which represents climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers north of the border, said there will be displays, workshops and presentations that will help outdoors enthusiasts acquire or improve the skills and knowledge needed for a safe and pleasurable day out on the hills.

There will be presentations on the causes of mountaineering incidents; navigation techniques; mountain weather forecasting and mountain first aid and, weather permitting, an outdoor climbing wall for children and adults to test their skills, supervised by professional staff.

Entry to the event at the Albert Halls, Stirling is free and the day will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, 8 October. The Scottish Community Foundation and the Scottish Mountaineering Trust have both provided funds to support the safety day.

More information can be found at the websites of Mountain Aid and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

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