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Glenrothes Hillwalkers Club

TRAINING AND SAFETY

All members are encouraged to take responsibility for their own safety on the hills, in line with the Mountaineering Scotland (MS) Participation Statement: "MS recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement” Members should also read the Club’s Duty of Care statement. The Training and Safety Officer is Fiona Frayser, and she is here to help you to stay safe by providing training and encouraging members to share their skills and experience.  You can contact Fiona by email.

Training

Navigation The Club runs internal theory and practical navigation courses using experienced members as instructors. The theory course introduces members to the information printed on the map, to the compass, and to the techniques used to navigate using them both. The practical course then applies these techniques on the ground in the local area, with the most important leg being the last one - to the hostelry for a drink or high tea! The date for the next Navigation course has yet to be decided. The course is run over a weekend, with the Saturday afternoon spent learning the theory in a classroom environment in the Glenrothes area, followed by a day of practical navigation in the hills around Dollar Glen on the Sunday. Please contact Brian Robertson if you are interested in attending a course. Dates and locations will be arranged to suit your availability. Alternatively, MS run navigation courses in the Ochils. MS also provides information on the 12 most important mountain navigation skills - the Navigator's Dozen. First Aid Two day Outdoor Emergency First Aid courses are run by British Association of Ski Patrollers throughout the year at the Lochore Meadows Outdoor Education Centre.  MS also run First Aid courses. Scrambling Scrambling is a cross-over from hillwalking to rock climbing and involves the use of basic rope techniques without the encumbrance of modern rock climbing paraphernalia. Scrambling is particularly relevant to the Cuillins, and the Club usually organises a day course once a year before the Club weekend in Skye in June. Alternatively MS organise weekend scrambling courses in Glencoe. Winter Skills Members wishing to go on A and B level walks over the winter must have crampons and an ice axe, and  have been trained to use them correctly. To that end the Club organises a Winter Skills course using an external provider. The course usually takes place in Grantown-on-Spey in January or February each year, depending on suitable snow conditions and sufficient members expressing an interest to make a course financially viable. If you do not want to wait for the club organised course, or prefer something more local, there are lots of other courses at Basic and Advanced levels available through providers such as MS and Graham Tiso. Courses can be found through Google, or Fiona can help if you need it. MS Courses MS runs a comprehensive selection of courses, details are here.

Safety

The following links give access to useful safety information for members. MS Emergency Procedures What should you have in your First Aid kit? Mountain Aid printable route sheet Mountain Aid route sheet with form fields for editing before printing The use of the 112 emergency number - a YouTube video How to register for the Emergency SMS service, allowing you to send a text in an emergency if there is insufficient service for a voice call Glenrothes Hillwalkers Club is not responsible for the content of external sites

Presentations

These are the slide packs from Training presentations given at Club meetings. Winter Mountain Safety January 2015 Scottish Outdoor Access Code February 2016
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