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Mountaineering Scotland Members Gathering & AGM

Saturday 24 November 2018, Glenmore Lodge

This year we are doing our annual general meeting and members meeting a little differently. We are excited to invite members and clubs to join us at Glenmore Lodge against the backdrop of Cairngorm for the AGM, lunch, and a range of interesting sessions. Discover more about what Mountaineering Scotland does and take away some great advice to get you set for winter in the hills.

Check out what will be happening when - this is subject to change up until the month before the event.



10am Refreshments, registration and chat

Welcome from our President and new CEO at 10.30am
10.40amMembers meeting: Mountaineering Scotland moving forward

An update and discussion on key areas of our work:

  • Respecting Scotland's Mountains 2018
    Recent achievements this year and the way forward for our conservation, landscape and access campaigning

  • Skills for the hills
    Mountain safety issues and getting the message out

  • Get Scotland climbing
    ClimbScotland, what does the future hold?

  • Make the most of your membership
    Members and clubs open forum - your views, priorities, ideas and questions.
11.45am AGM

Routine business and a vote on incorporating Personal Accident Insurance into our membership.

>>> Download the full AGM agenda

>>> Find out how to cast your vote at our AGM

>>> View the draft minutes of our 2017 AGM
12.15pm Recognising the contribution of members

Announcement of the award winners and presentations of trophies for the Mountaineering Scotland Volunteer of the Year and the ClimbScotland Young Climber of the Year.

>>> Nominate someone deserving for these awards - deadline 30 September 2018
12.30pm Lunch

Tasty Glenmore Lodge buffet lunch made with fresh locally sourced produce, plus the chance to meet and chat with other members, staff and directors.

>>> £10 per person - booking essential
1.30 to 4pm Afternoon workshops - FREE - choose below and book your place

With the formal business out of the way, relax and enjoy one of our afternoon activities, covering the spectrum of Mountaineering Scotland interests.

>>> Advanced booking required

Programme may change, subject to levels of interest. Bookings will open in August.

Afternoon stravaig with our Access & Conservation Officer, Davie Black, taking in Lochan Uaine and the old Caledonian pinewood, discussing conservation and access issues, with an introduction to the seasonal plants and wildlife en route.


Practical session looking at physical preparation to make sure you avoid injury and get the most out of those short winter days.

Fascinating insight into avalanche forecasting from an SAIS expert – how to stay safe and assess the risks, plus an introduction to the kit used for avalanche rescues.


What are the differences between navigating in summer and winter? Refresh your knowledge and pick up essential skills to avoid getting lost once the evenings draw in and the snow falls.


Think you know what you are doing? Test your skills on the Windy Ridge navigation course under the eye of qualified mountain instructors.

Good technique and movement are the bedrock of climbing. Improve both though this neat workshop based on the successful Fundamentals coaching approach. 

Informative discussion and shared learning seminar chaired by John Leftley, our Huts Convenor, for those clubs responsible for managing huts. 


The Aviemore area is a great place to visit at any time of the year, so why not make a weekend of it?

You may wish to book accommodation for Friday and/or Saturday nights. However this must be booked directly with the accommodation provider and cannot be done through Mountaineering Scotland. Some options are noted below.

Glenmore Lodge is working in partnership with Mountaineering Scotland to deliver this year’s AGM and can offer members a 35% discount on the standard accommodation rate on both the Friday and Saturday nights, although availability is more limited on the Saturday night. This offer applies to in-house B&B rooms, with twin rooms available at £55.90 per night, and single rooms at £42.25 per night. Limited self-catering options are also available in the lodges, and bookings can also be made for dinner at an additional cost. For details and booking call Glenmore Lodge at 01479 861 256.

You might also try the camping pods at Glenmore Shop

The Badaguish wigwams and pods

The Aviemore Youth Hostel

Or for more general information on accommodation options in the Aviemore area try VisitScotland