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Mountain body celebrates 40 years with membership rise

Posted 16 August 2010
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Mountain body celebrates 40 years with membership rise
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The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (McoS) has celebrated 40 years since its formation with a rise in membership, its annual report states.

It enjoyed an 18 per cent jump in the number of individual members in 2009-10, chief officer David Gibson noted.

And the club has been active in promoting mountain training in climbing techniques, safety and other activities.

During the past year it held four navigation courses, which can help people make the most of their Ordnance Survey maps and equipment like compasses, as well as four courses on using a walking GPS.

The MCoS has also offered instruction in areas like first aid and winter mountaineering skills, while one stated aim for the future is to attract more young people to the mountains.

The Perth-based body received a £10,000 donation towards its work from the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), which is also looking to provide more training in the sport.

This includes the FUNdamentals of Climbing workshop, being held in Leeds on August 24th and at the Play Y Brenin outdoor centre in Snowdonia on September 11th.

Posted by Brandon Egley