I’ve been a trustee of the Chris Walker Trust since it’s beginning and I had the chance to join one of the avalanche training days at Glenmore Lodge on 21st January.

The weather foreacst was for fantastic weather with blue skies, fantastic visibilty and cold temperatures. Unfortunately snow cover is thin to say the least in Scotland right now! Our instructor for the day was Graham Moss, an avalanche forecaster for the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) in the Lochaber region.

We started off with a couple of hours in the classroom and Graham shared the latest knowledge and information from SAIS. As well as Graham’s extensive experience working as an avalanche forecaster, the course participants brought along a huge amount of knowledge and experience which we were able to share between us.

With the perfect weather outside, 2 hours was about all of us could take in the classroom and we headed outside for a wander up into Coire an t-Sneachda. Although there was very limited snow cover and snowsports of any kind are not happening right now, we made the most of the conditions and Graham took us through all the latest in Scottish avalanche information.  Despite the less than ideal snow cover, at the end of the day we all came away with some new knowledge and understanding of Scottish avalanches and current best practise.

Big thanks to Graham Moss for running such an informative day and it was great for me personally to see these courses going so well and benefitting instructors working in the Scottish winter.

Tim Nicholl


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