Monthly Archives: December 2014

Boat of Garten to Jimmy Simpson’s funeral.

Today is a sad day as I go to my friends funeral in Boat of Garten, I have written about Jimmy Simpson in my Blog and also had so many friends reply, many thanks to all. We all will meet … Continue reading

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at … Continue reading

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The Great Mountain Crags Of Scotland – A Celebration Of Scottish Mountaineering

  Guy Robertson & Adrian Crofton. I had promised myself that was not going to buy anymore mountaineering books, I was downsizing my house is full of them. Fortunately I bought this book and it is an incredible and magnificent … Continue reading

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Black ice and great views – worth getting out

I wanted to get out to a Applecross on the West Coast yesterday mainly to use to height gained at the Applecross road Beleach Na Ba. It was very adventurous for this time of year as the roads would be interesting due to a heavy frost during the night, I was hoping for a short walk. I was not leaving till daylight and picked up Bernie in Forres and it was an easy drive to Inverness with Ben Wyvis and the neighboring hills looking plastered. There were a few gritters  out and the light was wonderful as the mountains appeared from a dark and freezing night! As usual I stopped to check the road as black ice was always a worry and to stretch the legs after my operations. The roads were very quite and as I left the well gritted main Ullapool road for the Achnasheen road and encounters some bad patches of black ice. Other cars seemed oblivious to this and charged on. I just took it easy and enjoyed the views and the frosted trees and herds of deer down on the flats near Achanasheen. At Ledgowan just after Achnasheen I stopped to get a photo of the awful new road that has been bulldozed on the hill. The road was covered in Black ice and I decided to return back. I could hardly stand on the road and even with  my snow tyres on it was tricky pulling away again and turning. I decided to go back onto the main Ullapool road which was clear. As I  passed Ben Wyvis it was plastered in snow and the whole way was frozen in a deep frost. Time was moving on and we got hit by a few snow showers. I stopped again at familiar stops looking at loch Glascarnock that was   now icing up and the Fannichs and Beinn Dearg looking covered in snow. This is one of my favourite places and the vastness of this huge area makes this special. Few walk these open spaces in mid winter and I just enjoyed the views  between the heavy snow showers wishing I was on these wild summits. Unfortunately I am still … Continue reading

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Funeral arrangements – Jimmy Simpson.

I have been sent the details of  Jimmy Simpson’s  – Funeral details are: Boat of Garten church on 31st December 2014 at 12 pm then to Lagganty -gowan cemetery. All friends respectfully invited. Family flowers only and all donations to … Continue reading

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Thanks for all the Comments on Jimmy Simpson – Highland Policeman and Mountain Rescuer

Jimmy Simpson – The Funeral arrangements are Boat of Garten Parish Church on Wed Dec 31 at 1200 and then at the cemetery. Only family flowers please all donations to the Highland Hospice. I have added most of the comments … Continue reading

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Burghead Boxing Day Swim at 1430 today.

Today a few brave souls will jump into the harbour for Charity at Burghead, the village becomes alive with people coming to watch  History – How did the “Burghead Boxing Day Swim” start? This was the question asked about the imminent … Continue reading

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Jimmy Simpson – Highland Policeman and SARDA Scotland .

A few days ago I was told by a good friend that Jimmy Simpson had passed away after a long illness. From the Retired Police Officers’ Association Scotland H & I Branch “regret to inform you of the death of … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas to all.

Just  a short Blog to wish you all a Happy Christmas. In the past I have been on the Hills but not this Year until after my medical issues are sorted out. Have a great time all a  photo of … Continue reading

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Have a great Christmas – Farewell to the Sea Kings in 2015!

It is Christmas Eve and my wee operation is now after the New Year ( fingers crossed) I was maybe going to get in today but not happening now so I will have to wait. This is keeping me off … Continue reading

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