Monthly Archives: March 2016

It is still winter on the hills – be careful. Check the weather forecast!

Today is a great day for the hills with a grand forecast but it is still winter on the high tops with cold temperatures and very cold overnight temperatures will give the sunny weather a cold bite. Also the old … Continue reading

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The Shed – Everest base camp Tibet 2001!

Just looking at some old photos of our trip to Everest in 2001 in our secret weapon the Shed – great days with so many nationalities and no hassle, great days. This article was published in the Mountain Bothy Association … Continue reading

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No energy on Ben Rinnes but still a lovely wee walk. White hares and a keen wind.

It was Easter Monday and I decided after my hospital visit to climb my local Corbett Ben Rinnes  840 metres near Dufftown a 30 minute drive from Elgin. It is in the heart of whisky country and was a busy … Continue reading

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A low key Easter – maybe a walk up Ben Rinnes? The Friends of Ben Rinnes.

It has been a low key Easter and today after my visit to the hospital if I feel okay I may have a drive to Ben Rinnes my nearest mountain and see if I can manage a walk. Its been … Continue reading

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Dr John Berkeley a pioneer of Mountain Rescue.

From Ray Sefton –  It is my sad duty to inform you that mdied on 6th March 2016.  Although he lived in Aviemore I only found out about this   today in our local newspaper (the Stathspey and Badenoch Herald). “There … Continue reading

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Mountain – The Angel of Camusunary – The Podcast really enjoyable worth a look and maybe supporting?

Podcast 5 – Skye, late September 1981. A young woman sits in a dark bothy, staring into a fire. A pair of flimsy shoes are propped next to her, drying in the heat, and a kettle comes to the boil. … Continue reading

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Sad news – thoughts are with the families and those involved. Two bodies, of a man and a woman, have been found on Ben Nevis.

“BBC News” Mountain rescuers have been searching for two climbers who have been missing on Ben Nevis since February. Rachel Slater, 24, and Tim Newton, 27, from Bradford, failed to return from an outing on the mountain. Hazardous weather hampered … Continue reading

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A difficult few days but great family love and care. Never take it for granted! 

  My sisters Jenifer’s funeral went well a lovely farewell surrounded by family friends and lots of love  and kindness . It was a celebration of a kind loving persons life and a great turn out! Jenifer my sister was … Continue reading

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Tom Taylor MBE A MAN OF MANY TALENTS – “The Machine” Retires

Tom Taylor MBE A MAN OF MANY TALENTS – Retires   Unfortunately I will not be able to say farewell to Tom Taylor as I head South for my sisters funeral as Tom retires this week after a lifetime of … Continue reading

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Great days in the sun, early starts and searches continue for the missing climbers. Great efforts by all.

The boys had a special day on An Teallach yesterday poor Pete now a Munro bagger after all these years as a climber. This classic ridge gave them everything from snow, ice, dry rock and even the crampons on in … Continue reading

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