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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No blogs just now ! Sorry

Sorry for no Blogs but been ill again -My apologies to all, typical in such great weather, full of penicillin no energy and looks like time to push the NHS again. I am so jealous of all you out enjoying … Continue reading

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Everest Disaster – 12 now killed

I woke up to the tragic news that 12 climbers were killed on Everest. The news say that they were all Sherpas, making the route up the ice fall for the guided expeditions to follow. These Sherpas are the work … Continue reading

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Bowel Cancer Screening – Over 50! Do the test!

Bowel or colon cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer and early detection is vital. The sooner it is detected, the greater the chances of successful treatment. If it is treated at an early stage the survival … Continue reading

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