In 2015, St John Scotland funded a new mountain safety project developed jointly with Mountaineering Scotland, ensuring university students coming into the sport have the skills and knowledge to stay safe in treacherous Scottish hills during the autumn and winter months.
Mountaineering Safety Instructor, Nick Carter works with university mountaineering, hill walking and rock climbing clubs to provide skills and safety training in the Scottish mountains. In January of 2017, St John Scotland agreed to expand Nick's work to include the autumn months, in addition to the winter. St John Scotland funds the project entirely and students don't pay anything for Nick's skills and expertise.
In winter 2016, Nick was able to provide training over 11 weekends with 10 different university clubs. During the winter season of 2016-17, Nick attended 13 weekend meets with 12 clubs and for the first time, Edinburgh College Climbing Club and Napier University Rock Climbing Club were able to take advantage of the free training.
Inverness-based instructor Nick holds a Mountaineering Instructor Certificate, the highest qualification in the British Mountaineering Instructor scheme and has worked in both the National Mountain Centre for England and Wales and at Glenmore Lodge, the Scottish National Outdoor Training Centre.
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