Tooled up for winter

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Glenmore Lodge, Scotland's National Outdoor Centre will once again host the Scottish Winter Climbing Performance Seminars Series. This is the fifth 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 and Psyching on the 22 - 24th October 2004 has a variety of lectures and practical sessions looking at developing the physical, mental, and technical aspects of winter climbing for all climbers - from newcomer to performer.

The weekend kicks off on the Friday night with an Open Dry Tooling Bouldering competition at the Glenmore Lodge indoor climbing walls, organized by Scott Muir. Scott will be following this up with some banging/chill out tunes in the Glenmore Lodge bar.

To give you a flavour for the rest of 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; Technical Weirdness for Living with Gnarl with the two well known exponents of Gnarl Andy Kirkpatrick and Ian Parnell; A Water Ice Primer with George McEwan and Performance Mixed Climbing with two 'weel kent' Scottish winter climbers - Scott Muir and Dave MacLeod.

On the Saturday evening there will be a world premier of the first full Scottish Winter Climbing film "Hot Aches" with a chance afterwards to pick the brains of S-Team Films Director's Kevin Neal and Kirk Watson. Following closely on from that well known Scottish winter climbing activist Guy Robertson will be describing how he has developed from bumbling potential statistic, to pioneering cutting-edge new routes both at Home and Abroad.

Latter, in February 2005 on the weekend of the 25 - 27th the 5th 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 Kenton Cool, Rich Cross, Andy Cunningham, Dave Hollinger, John Lyle, Scott Muir, Andy Nisbet, Mike Pescod, Al Powell, Jon Preston, Owen Samuels, Ollie Saunders and Mike 'Twid' Turner. This list of names being a cross-section of the great and the good in Scottish winter climbing.

Up to date information about the seminars, including in - depth descriptions of the various sessions etc can be seen at

George McEwan (26-07-2004)

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