Mountain navigation in Aboyne

The news in last week’s Piper ( August 17) of 14 hill walkers lost on Ben Macdui highlighted the importance of all hill-walkers having good mountain navigation skills, says Eilidh Scobie, organiser of Active Aboyne.

Eilidh says: ”For anyone who can be in Aboyne over the weekends of 15/16 or 22/23 September, there is the chance to develop your map-reading skills when the Active Aboyne programme offers courses leading to the Bronze and Silver National Navigation Awards.!

“I am really delighted that this year’s programme will offer locals the chance to acquire good navigation skills, at a very competitive cost.

By attending one of these weekend courses, you will learn how to read fine detail on your map, plan your route, and go where you intend to go, even when the mist has come down unexpectedly!”

Also in this year’s program, Mario Di Maio, well known in Aboyne as the School’s Depute Rector, will give a talk entitled “Don’t go home by accident!” in the Deeside Community Theatre on Monday, September 17 at 7.30 pm.

Mr Di Maio, who recently retired as leader of the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team after 40 years involvement in mountain rescue, will give a perspective on how Scottish Mountain Rescue has developed and changed over the period.

The talk also aims to provide an insight into how mountain rescue is organised in Scotland and the challenges faced by rescue teams in undertaking their work often in difficult and dangerous conditions.

One of the main features of the talk is to highlight key factors that contribute to mountain accidents.

Seats cost £7 and all profits will go to support the work of the Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Team.

For further details of these and other events within this year’s program, check the website http://www.activeaboyne.co.uk, or for a flier, or details of particular events, phone 013398-85222 (Monday to Friday, mornings only).