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Safety & Skills

The MCofS recognises the importance of self-reliance in mountaineering and the right of mountaineers to participate in a risk sport.Beinn Eighe

These Safety & Skills pages provide a wide range of information for all levels of activity from hill walking to winter climbing and alpine mountaineering.

On the menu to the left, you will find information about mountain weather and avalanche conditions; necessary skills; training - including courses, seminars, lectures, DVDs and other resources. Recently added is a section inviting people to share their experiences and safety lessons when perhaps things have not gone quite to plan.

Check out the Mountain Safety frequently asked questions (FAQs) for more information on topics ranging from rescue helicopters or hypothermia to equipment or finding a guide. There are also special sections for clubs relating to Safety & Liability and a mountain safety section for Student Clubs.

The MCofS is committed to providing opportunities for young members aged 25 and under & full time students at an affordable rate. In order to provide these courses funds are sourced from a variety of trust funds. One of which is the Mountain Safety Trust. Full details of the Mountain Safety Trust can be viewed at www.mountainsafetytrust.co.uk and donations can be made to the Trust through Just Giving. Please click

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If you want to find out more about training and awards that could enable you to lead groups, or alternatively you would like to undertake structured training leading to an award and by doing so improve your personal skills, find out more about the training and awards available from Mountain Training Scotland (MTS).


MCofS Participation Statement

"The MCofS recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement”

For further information please contact Heather Morning:

Email: msa_mcofs@hotmail.co.uk
Tel: 01479 861 241
Mobile: 0778 886 1431


Page updated 4th April 2014