Monthly Archives: April 2014

St Valeries Bothy in the Cairngorms

I received some interesting information from yesterday’s blog on the El Alamein bothy in the Cairngorms. One question asked did the bothy have a bell ?  It also got me remembering the St Valeries bothy that was on the cliffs … Continue reading

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El Alamein bothy in the Cairngorms.

  The El Alamein’s bothy in the Cairngorms location was accidental – intended to be sited at the plateau’s edge just above the gently sloping grassy Coire na Spreidhe (Coire of the Cattle), a mistake in the map reference saw … Continue reading

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George Bruce MBE – A real great character and mentor.

Your first Team leader has a huge impression on you in my case was George Bruce a small wiry Scottish Team Mountain Rescue Team Leader with a with a mind as sharp as a razor. I tried to join the … Continue reading

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The Scottish Independence Debate – “Let’s debate without Venom” Margo MacDonald

The Independence Debate. –  Debate without Venom and remain friends despite our differences. Great words that many outside Scotland may have never heard of Margo MacDonald was a Scottish politician; she was a Scottish National Party Member of Parliament and … Continue reading

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Free – simple the Emergency Text Service! A must for all that use the outdoors!

Hill and mountain walkers urged to register for emergency SMS text service Every year I try to pass the message on about this great free service about registering  your phone for the Emergency Text Service. It is amazing how few … Continue reading

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End of Scottish Avalanche Season – Many thanks for all the great work.

It is the end of the Scottish Avalanche Information Service for this winter. A huge thanks to all those who worked very hard in some wild weather to produce the daily Avalanche reports for us.   From the BBC website. … Continue reading

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Getting better slowly at long last – More on Everest

I managed a wander along the beach yesterday and a batter at the golf today with the Seniors of Hopeman feeling my age, it was great to be out. The sun was out and the colours brilliant, the yellow hammers … Continue reading

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