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Mountain Rescuers and Mountaineering Council go to Holyrood

Monday 27th January 2020, 4:24pm

Mountain rescuers and those campaigning for mountain safety are to be recognised at a Parliamentary Reception at Holyrood this week.

Liz Smith MSP will host the reception for Scottish Mountain Rescue and Mountaineering Scotland at the Scottish Parliament on 28th January 2020 to celebrate the dedication and expertise of the volunteers and professionals working to promote mountain safety. There will also be a chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges they may face in the future.

Scottish Mountain Rescue and Mountaineering Scotland are looking to build on their success and deliver world class mountain safety information, training and rescue services for Scotland’s internationally famous mountains and wild landscapes.

The reception will provide insight for the MSPs and their staff into the growing outdoor community in Scotland made up of hillwalkers, climbers, mountaineers, snowsport tourers, guides, instructors and volunteer mountain rescue teams. It will also recognise the significant contribution made by this community to the nation’s economy and well-being.

MSPs will also learn about the work of the Mountain Safety Group, led by Mountaineering Scotland and comprising Scottish Mountain Rescue, Glenmore Lodge, the Scottish Avalanche Information Service, the Association of Mountaineering Instructors and Mountain Training Scotland.

Mountaineering Scotland’s Chief Executive Officer Stuart Younie said: “Scotland’s Mountains are more popular than ever and one of Mountaineering Scotland’s key priorities is providing advice, guidance and support to ensure people understand the challenges, can keep themselves safe, and get out there and have a great experience.

“Through the Mountain Safety Group we have developed a strong partnership of organisations who bring together a range of specialist expertise and knowledge, and over the last couple of years have worked together to raise awareness of mountain safety, including the winter safety campaign #ThinkWinter. 

“This parliamentary reception is an important chance to celebrate the good work that is going on and to explore how we can work more collaboratively with government to build on our success and deliver truly world class mountain safety services.”


Chair of Scottish Mountain Rescue Damon Powell said: “We are delighted to be holding our second Parliamentary Reception in partnership with Mountaineering Scotland to highlight the incredible dedication and services of our Mountain Rescue Teams and to raise awareness of staying safe in the outdoors.

“Our member teams saw a 50% increase in callouts last year and we believe this is an ideal time to come together with Mountaineering Scotland and the Scottish Parliament to discuss the ever evolving outdoors sector and work together on how we can build a stronger future for teams and public safety.”

Mountaineering Scotland and Scottish Mountain Rescue look forward to joining the MSPs at the reception and hope it to be an informative and enjoyable event for all involved. They would like to thank their MSP supporter Liz Smith for this opportunity, as well as all volunteers, members and sponsors that make their work possible.