Monthly Archives: January 2012

Good forecast for the weekend you lucky outdoor people!

The forecast looks good for the weekend and hopefully with the change of weather will bring lots out on the hills. Unfortunately my back is still mending slowly so will not make it out on the bus meet with the … Continue reading

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Burghead Clavie night the Pictish New Year.

A great night yesterday and the rain stayed off, Clavie night in Burghead, we had a bit of wind but apart from that the Clavie night went well. It starts next door to my wee house and my neighbour Irvine and … Continue reading

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Interview for program about the Chinook Crash – June 1994 at the Mull of Kintyre.

Today a film crew are coming to do an interview on the Chinook Crash in June 1994 at the Mull of Kintyre where 29 lost there lives. The film is for the National Geographic “Seconds to Disaster program” and will … Continue reading

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Clavie Night in Burghead 11 January a wild night in the village! Devolution and a few more points!

It is nearly upon us the Clavie night in Burghead, the burning Clavie is carried through the town by the members of the Clavie crew, who must be natives of the village to qualify. This procession is hundreds of years old. It is followed by … Continue reading

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The Cheviot the Stag and the Black, black Oil

The Cheviot The Stag & the Black, Black Oil. I watched this old play on BBC Alba late last night; I watched it over 30 years ago it was an incredibly moving story. It is story that has a beginning, … Continue reading

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Scott Karabiner and Irvine climbing belt a few bits of information.

Yesterday I did a blog about the old climbing equipment and last night I had a visit from an old friend Don Shanks who was the Team Leader at RAF Leuchars before me. He said the Karabiner above that we … Continue reading

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Basic Mountaineering kit 1970’s a look back

As my back is still sore I have been confined to the house the weather has been awful anyway and the good point is getting lots of visitors. One of the lads who was in the RAF Kinloss MRT when … Continue reading

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Early Climbing Guides and a Skye rock climbing diagram.

The early climbing guides must have had some fun, climbing in all those remote places and so many new climbs to do. As climbing got much more popular and transport became easier places like Skye opened up, what a place … Continue reading

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John Muir – Scotland’s forgotten hero.

How many of us know the tale of one of Scotland’s finest John Muir born in Dunbar and emigrated with his family as a young lad, what a legacy he has left the world especially in the environment.  He is such a hero in the … Continue reading

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Canada ice – a wee bit more

The weather continues to batter Scotland with the third day of gale force winds. My back that I hurt just before New Year is easing off and good friend have been looking after me, with home-made Quiche, cakes, soup and … Continue reading

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