The talks will provide information for anyone heading for the Scottish mountains in winter. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The talks will provide information for anyone heading for the Scottish mountains in winter. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

The end of British Summer Time is approaching, and the winds are taking on a chill, so it’s time for hillgoers to turn their attention to the coming winter months.

Help is at hand in a series of free talks by mountain expert Dave ‘Heavy’ Whalley.

Five safety presentations will take place across Scotland in November, organised by the charity Mountain Aid and hosted by outdoors clubs.

Heavy was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Service for 36 years including team leader RAF Leuchars at RAF Kinloss, deputy team leader RAF Valley in north Wales. He served for 20 years on the executive of the Scottish Mountain Rescue Committee.

His talks will provide essential safety tips for hillwalkers venturing out into the Scottish mountains during the winter months, from choosing the right boots to interpreting weather and avalanche forecasts; what to eat and drink to how to maximise your chances of surviving a rescue incident.

Dave 'Heavy' Whalley

Dave 'Heavy' Whalley

The illustrated presentations will take place in venues across Scotland:

  • Monday 12 November, 7.30pm: Monarch Bar, James Street, Dunfermline, hosted by Cioch Hill Walking Club and Fife Out and About
  • Tuesday 13 November, 7.30pm: Harbour Arts Centre, Harbour Street, Irvine, hosted by Air na Creaggan Mountaineering Club
  • Wednesday 14 November, 8pm: Clydesdale Inn, Bloomgate, Lanark, hosted by Upperward Mountaineering Club
  • Thursday 15 November, 7.30pm: Methodist Church, West Marketgait, Dundee, hosted by Ancrum Mountaineering Club
  • Friday 16 November, 7.30pm: GP Hall, Central Building, Hillhead Student Village, Don Street, Aberdeen, hosted by Aberdeen Wilderness and Expedition Medicine Society.

More details of the Step up to Winter talks are on the Mountain Aid Facebook page.

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