The first of the BMC´s excellent Winter Essentials lecture series kicks off in a few weeks time. These lectures are a great introduction to the skills required for winter climbing and walking and are must for novices and highly recommended for anyone looking to top up their knowledge. Sponsored by Lowe Alpine & Asolo the series will navigate it´s way around the UK in November.SPEAKERS & CONTENT These inspirational and educational talks will be presented by Dave Hollinger (aspirant Guide & MIC) and Rob Jarvis (MIC). Whatever aspect of winter mountaineering you aspire to, Dave and Rob will make you aware of the skills required to explore the winter mountains. Topics covered include equipment and clothing, navigation, footwork, route planning, avalanche awareness, climbing and much more. There will be a host of humorous tales from which to glean invaluable advice and photos to inspire you on your winter adventures.

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DATES & VENUES All talks will start at 19:30 and finish at approximately 21:30. St Bees – Monday 12 November St Bees School, Memorial Hall, St Bees, Cumbria, CA27 0DS. Location Map Leeds – Tuesday 13 November Leeds Metropolitan University, Lecture Theatre B, James Graham Building, Headingley Campus, Leeds, LS6 3QS. Location Map Mansfield – Wednesday 14 November West Nottinghamshire College, Enviro Centre, Derby Road, Mansfield, NG18 5BH. Location Map Hereford – Tuesday 20 November Aylestone School, Broadlands Lane, Hereford, HR1 1HV Location Map Birmingham – Wednesday 21 November Birmingham University, The Guild of Students, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2TU. Location Map Chelmsford – Thursday 22 November Writtle College, Lordship Campus, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 3RR. Location Map TICKETS NOW ON SALE! Tickets cost £5 for BMC members and £7 for non-members, 10 tickets or more – tickets cost £3.50 each if booked in advance. To purchase tickets please complete and return the Ticket Booking Form to the BMC by fax: 0161 445 4500 or email: office@thebmc.co.uk. FURTHER INFORMATION Please contact Becky McGovern email becky@thebmc.co.uk or telephone 0161 438 3302. FURTHER READING FROM PLANETFEARHow to build your Winter Rack by Andy Kirkpatrick – hereWinter Climbing Protection by Andy Kirkpatrick – hereNeil Gresham´s Guide to Mixed Climbing Training – hereBritish Winter Climbing by Ian Parnell – part 1 and part 2Navigation Section of planetFear Articles – here