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ThinkWINTER! Winter mountain skills talks 2021/22

Join Mountaineering Scotland's Ben Gibson on a journey into the winter mountains to find out how to plan for a great day out in winter.

With our increasingly unpredictable climate and weather, a flexible approach and sound winter skills are essential when it comes to enjoying quality, safe days out in the mountains, whether you walk, climb or ski.

Qualified mountaineering instructor Ben will share his own experiences (and mistakes!) as an active climber, walker, skier and hill runner with a focus on the crucial ingredients to success including:

  • Planning and decision making
  • How to find and interpret weather and avalanche information
  • The types of kit, footwear and equipment to consider as we move into winter
  • The different skills to master before you head to the hills in winter
  • What to do when things don't go to plan

and some top tips so that you can get the best your of your time outdoors.

The lectures are a great introduction for anyone new to winter hills and a useful refresher for more experienced hill-goers, with a chance to win some prizes and ask your own questions along the way.

Please book in advance - no tickets will be available on the door.

Tickets are 5, with proceeds from ticket sales donated to local mountain rescue teams.


Photo by Tuomas Mutanen

Ben will be delivering two free online talks in January 2022, the first (6 Jan) aimed at people with little or no experience of winter mountaineering, and the second (10 Jan) as a refresher for people who have had experience of Scotland's mountains in winter. 

The online events are supported by Cotswold Outdoor, and attendees will be entered into a free draw after each webinar with a chance to win a 50 Cotswold Outdoo voucher for (UK residents only).

  • Intro to winter skills for beginners  6 Jan 2022 7pm - register here
  • Winter mountain safety and skills for the hills  10 Jan 2022 7pm - register here

The online talks are supported by free, but donations are welcome with proceeds going to support the work of SARDA (Search & Rescue Dogs Association of Scotland).

In-store talks

Town Date Venue Time
Perth Wednesday 1 December
Tiso 1830 for 1900 start
SOLD OUT - join waitlist
Stirling Sunday 5 December
Cotswold 1530 for 1600 start
SOLD OUT - join waitlist
Glasgow Monday 6 December
Cotswold 1830 for 1900 start
SOLD OUT - join waitlist
Edinburgh Tuesday 7 December
Craigdon 1830 for 1900 start
SOLD OUT - join waitlist
Aberdeen Thursday 9 December
Craigdon 1830 for 1900 start
SOLD OUT - join waitlist
Aviemore Tuesday 8 February 2022
Tiso 1830 for 1900 start
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