Tooled up for Winter

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George McEwan - 25/09/2003

Glenmore Lodge, Scotlands National Outdoor Centre will once again host the Scottish Winter Climbing Performance Seminars Series. This is the fourth season that Glenmore Lodge has hosted these unique, and extremely popular events.

Following a similar format as last year there will be two seminars aimed at providing winter climbers with the key training and performance-enhancing beta to enable them to make the most of their winter climbing this coming season.

Hooking, Psyching and Drinking on the 24 26th October 2003 has a variety of lectures and practical sessions looking at developing the physical, mental, and technical aspects of winter climbing for all winter climbers - from newcomer to performer.

To give you a flavour for the weekend, some of the sessions being run include Mental Skills for Winter Climbing run by Dr Tony Westbury from Napier University; Physical Training for Winter Climbing with Jas Hepburn; Avalanche Avoidance and Self Rescue by Blyth Wright, SAIS Co-Ordinator; and Performance Mixed Climbing with two weel kent Scottish winter climbers - Scott Muir and Dave MacLeod. There are also other sessions run by Glenmore Lodge staff looking at ways to evacuate yourself and an injured partner from a winter climb, plus sessions aimed at those starting out in mixed/ice climbing and looking for some top tips and handy technical hints. On the Saturday evening Dave MacLeod will be describing how he has transferred his high standard rock climbing skills to high standard mixed climbing in a talk titled Pushing Your Mixed Grade: A Fresh Look At Whats Important. Up to date information about the seminar, including in depth descriptions of the various sessions etc can be seen at

Latter, in February 2004 on the weekend of the 21 23rd the 4th Scottish Winter Climbing Performance Seminar will be run. Again based at the Lodge this is primarily a hill based, hands on weekend. In past years some of the key climbers involved in this have included Johnny Baird, Mark Charlton, Rich Cross, Andy Cunningham, Graeme Ettle, John Lyle, Scott Muir, Andy Nisbet, Mike Pescod, Al Powell, Jon Preston, and Ollie Saunders. This list of names being a cross-section of the great and the good in Scottish winter climbing. Final details as yet are unconfirmed but put the date in your diaries and check out the website for further updates see

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the British Mountaineering Council support the seminar series.

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