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SMART Student Weekend 2024

Information about the 2024 SMART Student Weekend including booking details will be sent to clubs in early September 2024.

Access to subsidised mountain skills courses and lectures is one of the key benefits of being a Mountaineering Scotland club member. As well as being able to book a place on our general mountain safety course programme, we organise training activities tailored especially for our university and college clubs.

This event is generously supported financially by Braemar Mountain Rescue Team. Please help support them in any way you can. You can do this by visiting their website - Braemar Mountain Rescue  

This training weekend is an ideal opportunity for university and college club members of all abilities to increase their skill levels and to equip those in positions of responsibility - because of their experience, organisational remit or committee membership - to help expand and consolidate their knowledge and improve their confidence in their roles.

We also welcome members of student clubs who are new to hill walking, mountaineering or climbing, and wish to 'learn the ropes', setting a solid foundation of skills that they can build upon in the future and share with fellow club members.

  • Download a programme for the event
  • Recommended kit
  • View a short film of a SMART Student Weekend below...

Course essentials

  • Dates: 2024 DATES TBC 

  • Location: Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore PH22 1QZ

  • Number of places: 65 students

  • Price per student: £TBC includes two nights' accommodation and meals)

  • Please read our booking and cancellation conditions before booking your place - course fees are non-refundable.

Bookings opening in Autumn 2024 

Our student courses are increasingly popular, so to avoid disappointment, we are introducing a new way of booking some events this year, to allocate places fairly. 

Club allocated spaces

  • To ensure your club is included in this event, please could a club representative email us with how many places their club is likely to book.  Please get in touch as soon as possible.

  • All places must be paid for in advance of the course.


Book online, registered members only

  • Individual club members can book and pay for their course place themselves or a club official can book and pay for a group of members on behalf of the club, all through our members online portal.

  • A student must have an active Mountaineering Scotland membership at the time of booking, which means a club needs to register any new members with us in advance of them being able to book their place. Club secretaries/treasurers can do this quickly and easily, directly through their members online portal login, or, can send us a spreadsheet with new members’ full contact details and we will upload a large number of new members on your behalf.

  • When a course place is booked, each student will receive an email confirmation with joining instructions.


Group bookings

If clubs would like to manage the course booking at a committee level and make a group booking as a club official, please note, we require the following information at the time of booking for each course participant:

  • Emergency contact name
  • Emergency contact email
  • Emergency contact phone number
  • Relevant health or medical issues or allergies
  • Special dietary requirements
  • Any disabilities 

If you have any questions about this course, how to book or how to use our members online portal, please get in touch with our membership team on 01738 493942.