NEMT LECTURES SERIES 2009-10
Our winter series of lectures were ably and excellently organised by Brian
Heaton, who has taken over as our Lecture Organiser, from George Allen. These
events do not happen by themselves and we had a very good turn out with one
or two lectures leaving standing room only. Yes, we are well pleased that Brian
has managed to seamlessly take over from George and maintain the standard. Here
is what he organised for us.
- Niall Ritchie - An Apprenticeship in the Scottish Hills
- Niall, a local climber, produced some excellent stories and photographs
from the local area, from all over Scotland and from the Alps. These turned
out to be memory joggers from one time or another for many of the audience.
One was left feeling that it was some apprenticeship!
- Nigel Hawkins - Cherishing Scotland's wild Places
- Nigel, well known as a former founding director of the John Muir Trust gave
a beautifully illustrated talk on how the Trust has evolved over the years
and where it is heading at the present time. John Muir Trust is a the same
age as NEMT and it is a little humbling to see how much they have achieved
thanks in no small part to Nigel himself.
- Eric Pine - Hypothermia
- Eric, a local Mountain Rescue Team stalwart, provided an authoritative account
of hypothermia, illustrated with some excellent examples. The overall impression
he left was one of the enormous expertise present in our local Rescue teams.
If you were in trouble, Eric and the rest of the team are exactly the sort
of people that you need to see coming over the hill!
- David Jarman - New Twists for Old Hills
- David's aptly named talk was accompanied by a set of excellent slides and
proved just how varied our hills are. The same mountain can present a totally
different face when approached from another angle. The talk left many of us
thinking of new variations.
- Nicola Seal - Lyme Disease
- Nicola gave us the benefit of her dreadful experiences with Lyme disease.
The message was simple: we're all at risk and right now that risk is increasing.
This is a subject that needs to be taken very seriously so seriously infact
that this issue of Mountain Views includes another article by her! Thank you
- Simon Richardson - Ben Nevis - Britain's Highest Mountain
- Simon, well known for his new routes on Ben Nevis and his talk and slides
were an absolute epic as he took us through the whole history of climbing
the Ben, and the history of climbing in Scotland in general for that matter.
It was particularly warming to hear so many mentions of our own past Chairman,
Bill Brooker who is recognised amongst the top climbers in Scotland. Yes,
this was a night to remember, especially by those who purchased a copy of
his recently published superb book entitled "Ben Nevis: Britain's Highest
Mountain" co-authored by Simon and Ken Crocket.
Yes, Brian, we are delighted you are now established on board. If any readers
have someone in mind they would particularly like to hear a talk from next season
then please let Brian know via our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile
keep an eye on our website to see what he comes up with..
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