It goes without saying that mountain safety is paramount when planning your next adventure and the more awareness we can create, the better.
We hold avalanche safety talks every winter and the events are always extremely popular, often getting full to capacity on the night. However The North Face Avalanche Awareness Series was easily our most successful talk series to date, surpassing previous events by selling out well in advance!
It’s always great to turn such events into opportunities to raise money for good causes and on this occasion, Disability Snowsport UK and Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue were the charities chosen to receive ticket proceeds. They were selected because of our previous links and the fantastic work they do for skiers and mountaineers.
The lectures were delivered by James Morland, a Canadian Avalanche Association Level 2 professional with over 15 years’ experience of avalanche related work. Aimed primarily at skiers and snowboarders, the talks introduced key concepts such as snowpack layering and avalanche formation, how to recognise avalanche terrain, signs of unstable snow, human factors and safe travel techniques.
Following the completion of the lectures, we were delighted to have recently donated £2,350 to Disability Snowsport UK! The cheque was handed to CEO Fiona Young by our Chertsey Store Manager, Colin Newton.
Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue received £270 in ticket proceeds for the event held in our Dundrum store.
We’d like to say a big thanks to all of you who attended; the money raised from your ticket purchases will make a real difference to the great work these charities are doing. And as for your feedback at the events themselves… Well, such a great response means that you can be sure to see the lectures repeated next season.