Scottish mountaineering experts have behind a #ThinkWINTER campaign to ensure that people heading for the winter hills and mountains have easy access to trusted safety information.
#ThinkWINTER brings together the professional advice and tips from leading mountain skills and safety organisations and is aimed at winter hikers, mountaineers, mountain bikers and ski/snowboard tourers in Scotland.
The information is available for free and is provided in the joint venture between Mountaineering Scotland, Scottish Mountain Rescue, Glenmore Lodge, Mountain Training Scotland, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland and Snowsport Scotland.
Throughout the winter season, information, advice and tips will be shared through social media posts using the hashtag #ThinkWINTER, as well as on the websites of the supporting organisations, plus talks and online events.
Stuart Younie, Chief Executive Officer of Mountaineering Scotland, said it is essential that winter outdoors enthusiasts have all the right information for careful planning in the winter mountains.
He said: “With so much information now available online and on social media, we want to make sure people know how to access reliable and up-to-date information to help them keep safe and enjoy their winter adventures.
“We are delighted to be working together with a range of organisations, professional instructors, safety experts and mountain rescuers to ensure we are providing advice that is relevant, useful and, above all, trustworthy.”
How to call for help form the mountains if needed
While the #ThinkWINTER campaign aims to provide information to help people be self-sufficient in the mountains and avoid the need for help from volunteer mountain rescue teams, the organisations involved also want to make sure people know how to call for help and what to do in the event that things do go wrong.
Damon Powell, Chairman of Scottish Mountain Rescue, the umbrella organisation for most mountain rescue teams in Scotland, said: “If you are lucky enough to be able to enjoy Scotland’s mountains, when many would say they are at their finest, we would urge you to #ThinkWINTER and ensure you are suitably equipped, with the necessary skills, to enjoy our incredible outdoors safely and thereby support our volunteer teams who will assist you any hour, any day and any weather.
“Remember, if you are lost, injured and in need of assistance or in an emergency, dial 999 ask for POLICE then MOUNTAIN RESCUE.”
Where to find trusted #ThinkWINTER information
Trusted information sources for winter mountaineering:
Skills courses and training:
Avalanche and weather information:
Information about Mountain Rescue:
Information about Mountain Biking: