Monthly Archives: May 2016

Sad discovery in USA of missing walker 2 years later who left a Journal a sad tale – lessons to be learned?

In 2007 I had a great trip to the USA where I spoke at various conferences including as the Keynote speaker in Stowe in the USA Mountain Rescue Conference. For 6 weeks before I went to Yosemite to work with … Continue reading

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A day late on the Corbett Meall na – h Airse – A grand Corbett at Garva Bridge.

Despite an early rise on Saturday and a short drive in the mist I was not feeling great so came back and was back in Burghead at 0800. I had an easy Saturday not feeling great and old neck injury … Continue reading

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Meall na h-Aisre 862 metres (Hill of the Defile)

Today I am hoping  to get a short day out on a Corbett  near Garva Bridge. The Corbetts are the mountains in Scotland between 2500 and 3000 feet high, with at least 500 feet of descent on all sides.  Meall na … Continue reading

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Cairngorm air craft crashes – Missing Oxford aircraft PH404 from 311 Squadron – Beinn A’ Bhuird

Missing Oxford aircraft  PH404 from 311 Squadron – Beinn A’ Bhuird On January 10th 1945  this aircraft went missing. Squadron Leader Karel Kvapil – PilotFlying Officer Leo Linhart – PilotFlying Officer Jan Vella – PilotFlying Officer Valter Kauders – Wireless … Continue reading

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The Blind Man of Hoy – Red Szell. The Lost Visitors Book?

The Old man of Hoy is some place and I got this book at Christmas and was saving it. I really enjoyed it and is the tale of the first Blind person to climb the classic climb. The Old Man … Continue reading

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Early walk to Greenan Castle and celebration of a life of a Gentle -man.

The weather was wonderful again yesterday and I had an early morning walk along Ayr Beach to Greenan Castle passing so many runners and walkers enjoying the early morning sun. Ayr was shimmering in the distance and what a way … Continue reading

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A Day of visits and travel to Ayr.

I was heading down to my Brother in Laws funeral in Ayr yesterday and it was a day of visits ! I had to get a visit to the hospital in Elgin before I left so I was not away … Continue reading

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Valley Uprising – a great film about the history of the wild climbers, Base Jumpers and wing suits of Yosemite.

I have been lucky to spend time in the climbing Mecca of Yosemite and what a place to be. It is a place John Muir loved and yet has been so commercialised almost making this place of wildness seem out … Continue reading

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A New updated MacInnes Stretcher needs cash for development – Some thoughts and the latest update BBC news.

The MacInnes Stretcher, invented by mountaineer Hamish MacInnes was a breakthrough when it was made in the early 60’s and took many years of hard work from its early days to develop. Hamish MacInnes designed his first folding stretcher in … Continue reading

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Fears for Climbers and Walkers? A few thoughts on making life easier for those who sit and wait at home.

Many outside of the Mountaineering world will not realise that the mountains in Scotland continue to take a toll.  This year there have been 11 fatalities on the Scottish Mountains according to the Media, every one a tragedy. At present … Continue reading

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