Burns Night and a bit more on classic Ice Axes and Hammers.

Patience is a virtue I am have to get used to it being inactive just now, amazing as I was so pleased with a 10 minute walk in a bitter grey winters day. At least I could see the sea and the snow-covered hills. Today I will read of all the exploits of my friends in the great Outdoors. I should  have been going to Aberdeen to see Burns the Musical but there is no way I could manage that till I recover from my operation.  Tonight  is Burns Night and I have the Haggis, Neeps and Tatties ready all I need is some appetite. Robert Burns was an Ayrshire man like me but a lot more popular with the girls.

It is a world-premiere performance is coming to Aberdeen’s Tivoli this Burns night. The Scottish Bard is back and living in the modern world – or rather, that’s the plot of Robert Burns the Musical.

The brainchild of Tish Tindall, from the Rock Academy in Lossiemouth, and Hollywood producer David Gest, this brand-new musical will bring the story of the man behind the poetry to a new generation.

We follow the exploits of a 21st-century Robert, who loses his way when fame brings the slings and arrows of “celebrity status”. Everyday trials (“bush tucker” included) and tribulations leave Robert constantly in the spotlight and constantly judged. Weathered by the crippling elements of social-media exposure, the people’s poet is left with no choice. He has to look to his past to see the way forward.

Robert Burns the Musical promises to be a hilarious, harrowing and heartwarming production. I wonder what Rabbie would think of it and the way the world is going?

Crossed axes

Off the wall an old pair of a crossed ice axe and a North Wall Hammer.

It is a shame to get rid of some of my old axes but they need to go to a good home, they would be ideal for a climbers bar or Hotel. I have already given some to the Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection and have a couple to drop off with Mick Tighe. It is worth a look at on http://www.smhc.co.uk/ and they are always looking for old gear and donations!

Welcome to the Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection


The Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection (SMHC) is a unique assortment of mountain memorabilia from Scotland and around the world, which has been cobbled together here on our website in what we hope is a legible and enjoyable format. The site is a living thing as we continue to update, improve and add new acquisitions. So, please take a tour around our virtual museum and let us know if you have any ideas, new information, or indeed any donations.

Chounaird Alpine Hammer

Chounaird Alpine Hammer

Chounaird Alpine hammer – Hammer with pick and wooden shaft. My pride and joy at the time.

A classic item in mint condition is a good start to describe this lovely little hammer. There’s a trilogy of Chouinard hammers: the Crag hammer, Yosemite hammer and this, the Alpine hammer and we are lucky to have examples of all three in our collection ( see related items ). The Alpine hammer enjoyed a brief period of success in the 1970’s and 80’s, but like everything during that era, it was soon overtaken by new ideas and technology. Creator of the hammer Yvon Chouinard called his first manufacturing company The Great Pacific Iron Works and their 1978 catalogue tells us the story:-

Alpine Axes Chounaird

Alpine Axes Chounaird they are classics and for sale .

“Alpine hammer
The Alpine Hammer is good for cleaning moss and ice out of cracks, removing nuts, placing and removing ice pitons, and chopping steps at close quarters. However, its special design feature is its use as an ice dagger for hard water ice. For this purpose it has a long, narrow, drooped pick with teeth. Over the years the Alpine Hammer has gone through five major design changes.

alpine hammer catalogue


This model has a full set of teeth on the pick next to the shaft for climbing waterfalls where the ice is often thin and the pick breaks through to water or air. We have also beefed up the head to improve its balance and graduated the taper of the pick to make it stick better in brittle ice. Weight: 20 oz.

About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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