Monthly Archives: October 2016

A great journey home from Mallaig – superb views but no hills and rubbish left by fly tippers.

I was up early even after the extra hours as the clocks went back and had a super breakfast in the West Highland Hotel and great company after my Coastguard lecture in Mallaig. I had hoped to get two new … Continue reading

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An interesting day with the West Coast Coastguards at Mallaig.

Yesterday was an enjoyable day and I spent the morning travelling to Mallaig on the West Coast to speak to a group of Coastguards from many of the Islands and Fort William . It was a long 3 hour drive … Continue reading

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A wonderful painting of Beinn Eighe and the story behind it for RAF MRT.

The photo above is of a wonderful painting by Pat O Donovan who was a member of RAF Mountain Rescue and I am sure painted this for the RAF Kinloss Team for one of their anniversaries. I have a bit … Continue reading

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Thanks for all the comments on PTSD and Mental illness ! 

Thank you for the supportive comments on yesterday’s blog. I did it as a former colleague contacted me as he realised that after over 20 years he was suffering from PTSD. It was good to see the response and I … Continue reading

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Great bothies and Memories.

It’s great when you find an old photo that sirs the memories like the one above of wonderful bothy days and night with great pals. Mark in the photo is no longer with us killed on Lochnagar many years ago … Continue reading

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Looking after each other and dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and mental Illness! 

Many will know that I suffered from PTSD after Lockerbie in 1988 and at times it still effects me! I have written about it many times in my Blog and regularly hear from so many who suffer from it. It … Continue reading

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Sunshine in the Cairngorms in more ways than one?

Yesterday was a special day in the Cairngorms not just because of the weather or because of the chance of wonderful day on the hills. I was with a pal Susan who a year ago this month was diagnosed with … Continue reading

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