Monthly Archives: November 2013

A sad day for Glasgow

My thoughts are with those who died in the tragic helicopter crash in Glasgow. The news has been on all weekend of this very sad event. The emergency services showed great courage in dealing with a tragedy and the people … Continue reading

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Ledgowan – A change in direction? Hill tracks/ Access?

I first took this picture below in Oct 2010 and mentioned it on my blog and helped draw attention to the terrible scar made by a hill track in Achnasheen on the road to Lochcarron and Kinlochewe. Recently there has … Continue reading

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Epic in Etchachan – some new photos

I was sent a few photos to go with my article on my blog on the 21/22 November 2013. It is worth a read  and I have to thank Ray Shafron for the photos. The photo above shows the helicopter … Continue reading

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Cul Beag – Coigach

Cul Beag – at last the rain stops! After two great days in the North West of Scotland with very limited views  it was good to awake from the SMC Hut at Elphin to see the great peaks clearing. Today … Continue reading

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Wet, wild in Assynt

The weather was as forecast wild, driving rain, mist it was awful, No views at all. Arriving in the afternoon and the climbing/coffee shop in Ullapool we made our way to Elphin and the Naismith hut. No great views of … Continue reading

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Isle of Skye Whisky support Scottish Mountain Rescue – great news. Heading to Assynt,

The Isle of Skye Whisky are supporting Scottish Mountain Rescue by 15 p a bottle – this will be a great help to the 26 Mountain Rescue Teams. I will definitely buy a couple of bottles as Christmas presents now. … Continue reading

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Corriehabbie hill – a short winter walk in whisky country.

I had a lovely walk yesterday less than an hour from the house, it is in the heart of whisky country. I had two friends who are part of a group called ” the Last of the Summer Wine Mountaineering … Continue reading

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“Life is like juggling five balls in the air.

“Life is like juggling five balls in the air.     They are Health, family, friends, and integrity, and career/ achievement. These balls are not the same: the important thing to remember that the career ball is made of rubber … Continue reading

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The Oil Sands in Canada and Fracking.

  “When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”  John Muir Many will know that I have a few misgivings about Wind – farms and the impact on Scotland. … Continue reading

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Epic at Etchachan – part 2. Some decisions are never easy

As the helicopter vanished we were on our own now  at Loch Etchachan in the Cairngorms lying  at a height of 930 meters the highest notable expanse of water in Great Britain. There was no water to be seen it was … Continue reading

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