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Understanding the weather

Mountaineering Scotland is offering one day mountain weather workshops for members interested in expanding their knowledge of mountain weather and how this relates to making the most of your adventures in the mountains. 

  • Where the UK weather comes from
  • Air mass theory
  • Weather fronts and what they mean to us
  • Synoptic charts and how to interpret them
  • Relevant weather forecasts
  • How topography influences the weather
  • How elevation influences wind, temperature and precipitation
  • Planning and route choice based on synoptic charts and weather forecasts

This will be a very practical workshop delivered by Heather Morning, our Mountain Safety Advisor.  Heather will draw on her in-depth knowledge of the Scottish mountains and combine this with the wide range of meteorological information available to us via the internet. The event will be run on a workshop style basis, where participants will have the opportunity to learn, interspersed with practical exercises. 


Saturday 16th November, 10am – 4pm ONE SPACE AVAILABLE

Sunday 17th November, 10am – 4pm FULLY BOOKED

Venue: Swanston Golf Club, 111 Swanston Road, Edinburgh EH10 7DS. Grid ref NT240673.

There will be space for 20 attendees and there is ample car parking at the golf club.

The course is classroom-based. Please bring a notebook and pen.

Tea & coffee will be available on arrival and is included in the cost of your course. 

You may wish to bring a packed lunch or use the café on site for lunch.

£35 for Mountaineering Scotland members

A list of participants will be circulated prior to the workshop.  Please advise us if you do not wish for your details to be shared.

Medical:  If you have any medical conditions that we should be aware of please advise Heather at the start of the day.

If you require further information or need to cancel at the last minute please call Heather on 0778 886 1431 or  01479 861241, email: heather@mountaineering.scot