The St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor has completed another successful season, teaching young people coming in to the sport the skills to stay safe on the hills.
Since the start of this year, Nick Carter has joined students from another 10 university mountaineering clubs on expeditions across Scotland.
Nick explains what the training involves: "I meet the club at their accommodation on the Friday night, having done some planning work during the day deciding where to go. We spend some time looking at gear, weather forecasts and plans for the next day, to help them feel prepared and know what to look out for. During the day on Saturday we're out on the hill, where I'm able to teach appropriate skills depending upon the skill level of the group and the weather and conditions. Then in the evening it's a chance to relax while we carry on the learning, looking at situations I've faced in my years on the hills to help the young people think about how they would react in tricky circumstances."
Students are able to learn everything from rock climbing and scrambling to navigation and winter mountaineering skills. More than 80 young people benefited from direct skills training this season, with a further 150 taking the opportunity to learn from Nick's valuable experience.
The St John Scotland Mountain Safety Instructor scheme is run in partnership with Mountaineering Scotland, and will continue in the autumn season later this year.