Monthly Archives: January 2017

Hamish Brown congratulations winning the Mountain Culture Award at the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Hamish Brown well done for winning the Mountain Culture Award for 2017 . I was away in Masirah in the Persian Gulf in 1973/74  and did not realise that Hamish Brown and his dog had completed his great traverse of … Continue reading

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Stop Windfarms at Loch Ness any views or comments ?

Retweeted Chris Townsend (@townsendoutdoor): STOP Wind Turbines at Loch Ness & Glen Urquhart | Campaigns by You

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My mate Andy Watkins – what a character and a fighter and the great work of the The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home

I met some wild characters in my time and when I was down in St Athans in South Wales in 1979 doing my driving course that seamed to take years. (I was not the best driver and still am not) … Continue reading

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A wander to a bothy and then a coughy struggle on the Fannichs Munro A’Chailleach (997m Munro 144) Windfarms and the wild places? 

It was a lousy nights sleep developing a cough most of the night and away for 0700 I was up early and tired to head North again for a day with a few pals. Inverness was busy and once over … Continue reading

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Winter Skills Talk in the Aviemore Mountain cafe on Wed 8 th Feb and 15 th Feb. Details below !

The Skills chats will take place on Wednesday 8th February, 7pm for meal, 8pm for lecture  Aviemore Mountain Cafe,  A Meal is available, £13, booking essential. Heathers lecture (8th) is headlining that ‘Every Day’s a School day’ even for the most … Continue reading

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1977 January 8 & 9TH Torridon – Liathach An Fasarinen Pinnacles epic. Look well to each step?

1977  January 8   & 9TH  Torridon – Liathach Pinnacles   a young ATC cadet fell 800 ft, 17-hour epic, carry off with team. In the days before mobile phones and serviceable and effective radios. From the UK Climbing  Dan Bailey … Continue reading

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A Man’s a Man for a’ That – Burn’s Day.

As a boy from Ayr the same as Robbie Burns he was a big part of the areas folklore and history. He was also some poet, heard world-wide and loved by many. I was brought up in Ayr but my Dad was … Continue reading

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A sad few days in the Cairngorms 21 – 25 January 1984

The Cairngorm Plateau on a good day! Looking back 1984 was a pretty good winter, there was plenty of snow and ice about and the hills were  very busy. In these days we had a lot of call – outs,…

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RAF Kinloss/Leuchars MRT – gone but not forgotten?

I am working on a lecture about Resilience in Edinburgh in February. “LEADERSHIP IN A CRISIS – HOW DO YOU PREPARE YOUR TEAMS FOR THE WORST” and it is amazing how many characters mould you in life and beyond and … Continue reading

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Not what I was expecting but a short walk on Meal an – t Sithe 601 meters “the road of destitution” and a meeting with “Dearg”.

I had planned a day on Beinn Dearg and it was am early start but a few things happend and the day was cut short. Rather than waste a long journey I headed up the road across to the Fannichs. … Continue reading

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