REPORT ON WINTER LECTURES 2013/14
- Heather Morning: Mountain Safety
- Heather is the Mountain Safety Advisor with the Mountaineering Council of
Scotland. She gave an interesting and entertaining lecture. As an experienced
member of Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and the Search and Rescue Dog Association
she gave excellent advice on preparation and equipment required for winter
mountaineering. Heather warned of the dangers of reverse polarity in compasses
which can be caused by proximity to magnets in mobile phones.
- Nigel Williams: Compass, Contours and Digital Mapping
- Nigel is Head of Training at Glenmore Lodge. Following on from Heather Morning's
lecture Nigel also highlighted the dangers of magnets causing reverse polarity
in compasses. He emphasised how important it was to navigate using a map and
compass using a GPS only as backup. As a keen orienteer he explained how by
using large scale maps, map reading could be easily explained to beginners.
A lively question and answer session followed this interesting and informative
talk. Not everyone agreed that a GPS was a secondary part of navigation.
- Murdoch Jamieson: A Climbing Apprenticeship in the NW Highlands
- Murdoch Jamieson, one of the new generation of rock climbers currently breaking
new ground, gave us an enthusiastic presentation of what had lead him into
rock climbing and how he had progressed through the various stages to the
point he was at now. He not only covered what he had managed to achieve in
the Highlands particularly showing his affinity with Beinn Eighe but also
told stories, at times very amusing, of mishaps along the way when he was
not as successful as he would have liked. The talk was well supported by climbing
colleagues from quite a large area of the North East Coast.
- Chris Townsend: Mountain Ski Touring
- Chris Townsend gave a presentation to a packed audience of his experiences
ski touring, mainly in the Western National Parks in America but also of some
in the Highlands of Scotland. Of special interest was his use of snow igloos
as overnight shelters and he spent some time talking about their construction,
advantages and disadvantages (especially in Scottish snow conditions) Some
of the views he showed of his American excursions were particularly spectacular.
It should also be acknowledged that he held the audience with an impromptu
question session when problems occurred with the projector at the start of
presentation and was still in the bar at 10.00pm discussing ski touring with
some of the audience.
- Manny Gorman: The Corbetts in 70 days (without motorized help)
- Manny Gorman gave a presentation to another packed room of his journey using
foot, bicycle and boat across all the Corbetts in 70 days.
Although already known in the fell running community as a mountain runner
of international standing this was an incredible physical feat and his pictures
of some of the injuries he had to cope with along the way would put a sensible
person off trying to improve on it. The detailed planning that had to be carried
out (mainly by his wife) and the pacing support given along the way by friends
and unknown supporters was clearly much appreciated. His pictures of some
of the Corbetts will also have attracted the interest of some of the mountaineers
present who might not have considered them before.
- Jules Lines: Tears of the Dawn
- Jules Lines took us on an autobiographical journey from his starting to
be interested in hill walking at primary school to his current level of extreme
solo rock and deep water climbing. He had clearly enjoyed a physical adventure
from a very young age and had been fortunate enough to be at schools that
encourage it. His modest description of the mental and physical challenges
that he had overcome to climb at the level he now achieves was, I suspect
for many of the audience, not easy to truly understand. Some of his slides
were quite breathtaking and his plans for new climbs should provide excellent
source material for a future lecture
Brian Heaton & Maureen Stuchbury
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