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Mountain body joins equipment maker in safety drive

Posted 13 July 2010
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Mountain body joins equipment maker in safety drive
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A new safety initiative has been launched in which the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MC of S) will join safety gear maker Silva in an initiative to promote awareness of the potential hazards of going into the wilds under-equipped.

The programme will promote safety and navigation skills, something a walking GPS and Ordnance Survey maps may help with.

Speaking about the choice of partner organisation, MC of S chief officer David Gibson said: "We selected Silva as a partner for this initiative because we have a shared aim of promoting awareness about the need for basic navigation skills and the use of appropriate equipment on the hill."

A series of navigation courses will be staged to help people use maps, compasses and learn ways to get around.

The MC of S noted that a recent report on Mountain Rescue call-outs in Scotland in 2009 found that 49 per cent were linked to navigational errors.

Even summer can bring challenges to those climbing mountains, with Scotland experiencing high winds and inclement weather in the early days of this month, bringing many hazards for walkers.

Posted by Brandon Egley