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Mountaineering Scotland Members Gathering & AGM

Saturday 23 November 2019, Glenmore Lodge

Following the success of the 2018 AGM - with a new format which attracted more than 60 members - we have listened to feedback from those who attended and aim to make this year’s event even more appealing and engaging for members. We are delighted to be working with Glenmore Lodge once again, with their mix of high-quality facilities, outdoor activities on the doorstep.

The format for 2019 will be similar, with updates from the board, discussion session and the formal AGM meeting before lunch, followed by a choice of workshops and the famous Glenmore Lodge tea and cake in the afternoon. By popular request we are also looking at options for some evening entertainment for those who wish to stay on the Saturday night.

See the agenda below for an outline of what will take place on the day. Lunch and workshops can be booked through the members' portal using the links below.

9.30am Refreshments, registration and chat
10am Welcome from our President and CEO
10.15am Members' Meeting: Mountaineering Scotland moving forward
An update and discussion on key areas of our work:
  • Respecting Scotland's Mountains 2019
  • Skills for the Hills
  • Get Scotland Climbing
  • Members' services and clubs
  • Members' open forum - your views, priorities, ideas and questions
11.15am AGM
Routine business and a vote on fees/directors/president

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11.45am EGM
Vote on special resolution to adopt changes to articles

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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

Join us for a tasty Glenmore Lodge buffet made with fresh locally sourced produce, plus the chance to meet and chat with other members, staff and directors.

Lunch costs £10 and must be booked in advance through the members' portal.

Members are welcome to bring their own food if they prefer.

With the formal business out of the way, join other members in small groups to enjoy one of our afternoon workshops covering the spectrum of Mountaineering Scotland activities. 

Afternoon workshops must be booked in advance.

Avalanches 'Be Aware'

This session is designed to introduce the ‘Be Avalanche Aware’ system of decision-making to support safer travel in the winter mountains. The session is being run by Glenmore Lodge and will use classroom resources to introduce the key knowledge required to help you ThinkWINTER! and make informed decisions in relation to travel in potential avalanche terrain. The session will also introduce the equipment to consider carrying when traveling in avalanche terrain and practically explore its use. It is anticipated this session will start indoors with some practical exercises to follow outside, so bring suitable clothing and footwear for outdoors.

What happens in an emergency?
15 places

An interactive session designed to help you consider what do to when things go wrong and you need to call for assistance in the mountains.

How many of us give serious consideration to how we would respond in an emergency and how we look after ourselves and others? Learn how to get help, what happens when you call for help, keeping yourself and others safe until assistance arrives and the priorities for looking after an injured person. The session will include discussion on the use of technology including mobile phones, Personal Locator Beacons and GPS devices, and will provide an opportunity to see the equipment used by our mountain rescue teams when they respond to a call-out. There will also be the opportunity to talk about near misses and incidents and what we can learn from our own and others’ experiences.

Winter navigation

This is a great opportunity to practise your navigation with help from an experienced instructor, along with sharing ideas with peers to support developing navigational skills. Glenmore Lodge’s Windy Ridge navigation course is designed with this in mind, and the session will be spent navigating around it and learning en route. Sharing ideas throughout and gaining an insight into how to approach navigation in winter, along with feedback from an instructor, should lead to a session guaranteed to fine-tune your skills.

Full kit list will be provided to participants.
Respecting Scotland's Mountains
12 places

Enjoy an afternoon stravaig with Mountaineering Scotland’s Access & Conservation Officer Davie Black, taking in Lochan Uaine and the old Caledonian pinewood. A fantastic opportunity to find out more about the Mountaineering Scotland conservation strategy and the issues which are impacting on the upland landscape and environment. We will also be taking the opportunity to discuss the rights and responsibilities we all have relating to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code including wild camping, litter and signage.

Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear required.
Strength and conditioning for walkers and mountaineers
6 places
An introduction to the theory of strength and conditioning, covering the ‘need to know’ information on how training can help prevent and manage injuries, improve performance and prolong your career in the mountains. This will be followed by a practical session showing you how to apply your knowledge using exercises both in the gym and at home. Bring your gym kit!
Ropework for climbers
6 places
Aimed at climbers – both indoor and outdoor - this session will focus on refreshing your ropework and approach to safety management. The workshop will run a flexible format to cater to the abilities of those attending. Make sure to bring climbing shoes and a harness, and a chalk bag if you wish.
Hut management discussion
20 places

An informal discussion session for those clubs who operate huts, chaired by the convenor of the Huts Advisory Group. This will be an opportunity to discuss operational matters and share experiences. If there is any matter that you would like to discuss please come along prepared to introduce the topic briefly. It would be appreciated if you can notify huts@mountaineering.scot beforehand that you intend to do so.

Meet the senior team and board
15 places

An opportunity to have an informal discussion with the CEO of Mountaineering Scotland and key members of the board on the work of Mountaineering Scotland and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

A chance to relax in the bar after a busy day. 

Bar meals will be available and you can join in the Mountaineering Scotland pub quiz!