Lectures and Training

The club runs a series of safety and skills lectures and training events order to encourage good mountaineering practices on all club meets and beyond. All of the subjects taught are essential mountaineering skills and could quite possibly be life saving at some point. Remember, whether you are a complete novice, or a seasoned mountaineer, you may be able to learn something from these excellent sessions. The sessions are not compulsory, but the committee strongly advises that attendance would be wise, and there is usually a good get together at our usual pub after each lecture. Likewise the training events can be a lot of fun as well as providing you with important skills.

The announcements forum and events calendar show the latest information on event dates, times and locations, but the last time this page was updated the confirmed dates were as shown below.

2008-9 Events

The Slideshow

Thursday 25th September 2008, 7.30pm - Tower extension lecture theatre
by the DURC Committee

The slideshow will give you the opportunity to meet the committee and have all your questions about the club answered (with the climax being the slideshow containing lots of pretty pictures of what we have got up to in the last year… and our Gear Secretary providing a quick demonstration of the kit you will need to bring!)… It’s not to be missed!

Navigation Lecture

Tuesday 7th October 2008, 7pm - 2G13 Dalhousie Building (New Teaching Block)
by Roger Wild, Mountaineering Council of Scotland

Never navigated before? Unsure how to use a map and compass effectively? Skills a bit rusty? Then this is the perfect lecture for you! Roger Wild uses an enjoyable combination of theory and practice to make maps come to life. The club does not have guides, or leaders and it is therefore essential that everyone in your group is a competent navigator.

Winter Safety and Skills Lecture

Wednesday 20th January 2009, time and location tba
by Roger Wild, Mountaineering Council of Scotland

The vast majority of our trips take place in winter conditions and many of our new members will feel inexperienced in such elements. This lecture attempts to approach many of the major points in winter safety and is thus an important session for new members and old.

Winter Experience

Sunday 25th January 2009

As you can see from the Meets Card, each year the club goes to ‘wherever there’s snow’ to have our Winter Experience. This is an opportunity for inexperienced members to learn and practice important winter safety skills such as proper use of Ice Axes and Crampons. This is an important trip for all those intending on going on meets in the 2nd semester, when snowy conditions will be prevalent on the mountains (and its good fun too… playing in the snow followed by Hot Chocolate in Aviemore!)

Additional Lectures

More lectures will be organised - keep an eye on the announcements forum for more information!

Mountaineering Training Courses

Check out the training courses page for info about subsidised mountaineering training courses - includes Alpine traning courses in France and Switzerland.