RAF Winter Course 1965

John Hinde's Diaries

Monday 25 January 1965

Howffing last night at Brack Howff. With Geordie Armstrong, Jim Craig and Dave Ward. Tramped up through forest at about midnight; hard frost crackling underfoot with clear starlit skies. We had a Tilley lamp – and an alarm clock. Overnight the billy of water froze solid but we were comfortable in this perfect howff. Good sunrise views of Lomond and the Cobbler.

Descended to base camp in Glen Croe by 8am and then I went with Jim Stellings and Davie Walklett to the head of Loch Fyne. We climbed Beinn Bhuidhe [3,106ft]. Good views of islands and highlands. Good hard snow on tops, sunny all day without much wind.

Accident at night driving back. Overturned Bedford RL on black ice at bad bend in Fort Augustus. Wet bivouac with Dinger under the tilt.

Saturday 30 Jan 65

With John Sims; Cairngorms in reasonable weather. Snow fairly…

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Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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