Heather Morning's tale of a winter walk will have a safety message

Heather Morning's tale of a winter walk will have a safety message

Outdoor enthusiasts are being invited to listen to a mountaineering expert tell a tall tale.

Heather Morning’s account of a winter trip through the Glen Clova hills is part of a free mountain safety day being staged this month.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland’s mountain safety adviser will ask visitors where the story’s protagonist might have gone wrong as the walker has a near miss.

Ms Morning said she will base her story on real events and point out lessons to be learnt.

She said: “Sometimes people do things without thinking them through, and the consequences can be fatal.

“But if people can pick out from this story the sort of mistakes that are so easy to make, then they will have that in their mind should they ever be in a similar situation. This is just a fictional story, but it could save lives.”

Heather Morning’s discussion session is one feature of a day aimed at anyone interested in hillwalking, climbing and mountain safety.

Writer and broadcaster Cameron McNeish will also deliver a talk and there will be numerous other opportunities to pick up advice and tips on enjoying the Scottish hills safely.

There will be exhibitions, demonstrations and stands from a number of organisations, ranging from youth groups to mountain rescue teams and including search and rescue dogs, avalanche and mountain weather forecasters, navigation experts, and specialist outdoor retailers Cotswold, Nevisport and Tiso, who will be offering expert advice on different aspects of equipment.

Cameron McNeish will also speak at the event

Cameron McNeish will also speak at the event

The event, at Stirling’s Albert Halls, is free and is being organised by the charity Mountain Aid, which supports mountain rescue services, helps injured hillwalkers and climbers and promotes mountain safety.

The gathering, on Saturday 11 October, is being backed by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland. Lomond, Killin and Ochils Mountain Rescue Teams will be there, with some of their vehicles and specialist equipment and members of the Search and Rescue Dogs Association will also attend the gathering with their animals.

Entry to the Mountain Safety Day, which runs from 10am to 4pm, is free.

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