Monthly Archives: May 2013

A wonderful drive to the North West – tragedy on Moruisk a sad day for the Rescue Teams.

What a great drive to Lochinver in the far North West of Scotland, where I am going to assist the War Graves Commission with the renewal of a new memorial of an aircraft crash in Assynt. I am staying at … Continue reading

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The Mountain Bothies Association – MBA – Sheneval Work party- great people – Many thanks.

Over the years I have spent many nights in the Mountain Bothies from my very early days aged 12 at Back Hill of the Bush in Galloway – no longer open due to vandals. The bothies have been a great … Continue reading

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Assynt Anson Crash War Graves Commission work party on Mountain Memorial.

My views are fairly well known on Mountain Memorials but this is very different. This memorial is also the grave of the crew of a Avro Anson. This is very unusual as this is the only site where the whole … Continue reading

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Loch Duntelchaig – near Inverness – A grand mornings climbing. A bit of history on the cliff.

After yesterdays easy day I got a call from two old friends right in the middle of the Champions League Final ( they both hate football) They wondered if I would fancy a mornings climbing at the local Duntelchaig which … Continue reading

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Missing a great day on the hills? The incredible achievement Everest – Lhotse and Nuptse.

I felt a bit guilty today I was invited out climbing the forecast was amazing yet I decided not to go. My mate Pete had called me as I travelled back yesterday from Glasgow but in the end there were … Continue reading

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Access from the Cairngorm Mountain Railway – Any Views?

As a lover of wild places I am very interested in the views of others of the restricted access from the  Ptarmigan station for the public in the Cairngorms. Over the years I have been very privileged to  have used the … Continue reading

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Good night in Clydebank Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre – Met some great people – Great journey down.

It was an ever-changing day as I drove down to Clydebank for my talk last night I started off in low cloud and sleet on the Dava Moor and fresh snow on the wee hills. The A93 Glenshee road was … Continue reading

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New Air Ambulance helicopter for Perth.

There is a new helicopter planned by the Scottish Charity Air Ambulance for Perth. This will be a great addition to Scotland. That by my reckoning gives Scotland 3 Air Ambulances; Glasgow Inverness & Perth. Below is the piece of … Continue reading

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Lost to the Isles – Military aircraft accidents around the Scottish Islands.

As many know I have been interested in Aircraft Crashes and was involved in the Search & recovery of many. I also did a few on the Scottish Islands which were always difficult and mainly tragic affairs. The Islands of … Continue reading

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Scottish Mountain Rescue the early days.

When a climber or walker fell in the 30’s their was little that could be done and any assistance  was carried out by fellow climbers and walkers with great help from local Police ,Gillies, Keepers and locals.  We take so … Continue reading

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