Welcome to Mountain Aid
Mountain Aid is a Registered Charity with three simple objectives:
- To find ways of helping to improve the quality of life of anyone permanently injured on the Scottish hills
- To promote training and education in the skills required to enjoy the Scottish hills safely, thereby reducing the likelihood of accidents
- To maintain a close relationship with the Scottish Mountain Rescue services, granting them funds for projects, equipment or activities which might otherwise not receive funding.
If you or somebody you know is a hillwalker or climber, and you share our passion for the hills, then we hope that our objectives are valuable to you.
We have a lot going on over the next few months so please read on:-
"Support Mountain Rescue - Get Lost" was one of the more provocative slogans considered by a Scottish Mountain Rescue Team a few years back when they were looking to raise money. However its widespread use was frowned on and it was never adopted generally. Nevertheless it is a fundamental truth that poor navigation skills, which result in being in the wrong place at the wrong time, are the prime cause of most accidents and call-outs that occur in Scottish mountains. All too often groups that go out on hills depend on the navigation skills of their leader and should any problems develop with him or her, the remainder could struggle to reach their destination.
The hill walking fraternity need to address this and many excellent courses are offered by organisations like Glenmore Lodge and C-N-Do which can lead to formal qualification in Navigation. For some years now, Mountain Aid have been addressing the other end of the spectrum and offer basic training in Map Reading and Navigation to those who are beginning to develop an interest in the Scottish Hills and want to be able to proceed safely and efficiently on any expeditions they undertake. In 2016 we are again providing, via a qualified instructor, a series of one day training courses in Basic Navigation Techniques this Spring and Summer. The first of these has already taken place this month but we are delighted to tell you that a further two are planned for Sunday 29 May and Sunday 26 June.
The venues will be the Ochil Hills in May and the Campsie Fells in June on the basis that they are easy to get to for most of our supporters, yet contain significant regions of featureless upland terrain ideal for developing map and compass skills
In accordance with the aim of our charity to promote safety in the hills, these courses are essentially free, but numbers are restricted due to the need to provide effective tuition to all participants. We operate on a "First come - First served" principle, so to avoid disappointment we advise you to book now, per the instructions below, or via the Mountain Aid website www.mountainaid.org.uk which will shortly be updated to provide this information.
A day spent developing navigation skills could be vital to your future enjoyment of Scottish hills.
Stemming from a successful series of Winter Safety Talks across the country in November, Mountain Aid has arranged to follow on with four one-day Winter Skills Training courses early in 2016.
These introductory courses are primarily aimed at hill walkers who are reasonably fit, but feel the need for some professional tuition to enable them to tackle winter conditions with knowledge and confidence.
We have engaged the services of Andy Cloquet, as our qualified mountaineering instructor who can help you develop best practices with ice axes, crampons and other essential equipment required by those seeking to enjoy winter snowclad hills. As a charity aiming to promote safety on Scottish Hills, Mountain Aid offer these courses essentially FREE OF CHARGE, subject to a few conditions.
Places are available at Aviemore on either Saturday 23rd or Sunday 24th January 2016 and on Saturday 20th February or Sunday 21st February in Glencoe. To allow effective individual tuition, course numbers are limited to six persons per day and those participating can expect to be on the hillside selected by about 9am to make best use of the short daylight hours we have at that time of year.
With limited availability it is essential to secure your place early. You can do this by completing our Information & Booking Form (below) and sending it back for my attention. As bookings are accepted on a first come/first served basis please act now to avoid disappointment.
Once again, Mountain Aid is hosting a number of Winter Safety Talks. Informal but informative, these evenings consist of a talk and presentation by Mick Tighe followed by a Q&A session.
All talks are FREE!
Talks organised so far are:
Monday 16th November @ 7:30PM - The Merlin, Morningside, Edinburgh
Tuesday 17th November @ 7:00PM - Stirling University
Wednesday 18th November @ 7:30PM - Dundee University
Thursday 19th November @ 7:30PM - Room D141, university of the West of Scotland, High Street, Paisley.
Everyone is welcome.
We are offering FREE Navigation courses in 2015, aimed at novice and inexperienced hillgoers.
The next Navigation course will be held on Sunday 27th September 2015.
Navigation courses normally take place around the Ochils in Central Scotland.
For further information please contact us at Mountain Aid.
Our accounts for year-end 2014, which ended 31st March, have been audited by our accountant and approved by OSCR.