Winter climbing talk

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Scotland’s best known winter climber will be sharing his knowledge and experiences in an illustrated talk at Deeside Community Centre, in Aboyne, on Saturday (September 17), as part of this year’s Active Aboyne festival.

Andy Nisbet’s talk ‘Of tricounis and terrordactyls: 40 years of winter mountaineering in Scotland’ will give a personal perspective on the development of the sport, and of his own technical achievements.

His talk will feature photographs of the Cairngorms and the remote North-west, with snowy rocks and icefalls, around which his life story has evolved.

Andy started hillwalking while at Aberdeen Grammar School and finished the Munros at age 19. Scared and inspired by the Inaccessible Pinnacle, the second highest summit in the Skye Cuillin, he started both summer and winter climbing soon after.

Andy preferred the challenge of winter and became Scotland’s leading winter climber, having climbed over 700 first ascents with some, in the 1980s, being amongst the hardest in the world.

His talk will be of interest to anyone who enjoys the Scottish hills, especially those who look at the steeper parts with intrigue, as well as the armchair mountaineer, with an interest in the outdoors but no experience.

For those who don’t know their tricounis from their terrordactyls, Andy will give a brief demonstration of some of the equipment and techniques used in winter climbing. Tickets costing £10 (£25 for a family ticket) can be obtained from Deeside Community Theatre, Bridgeview Road, Aboyne (013398) 86222, where the performance will begin at 7.45pm.