Monthly Archives: April 2017

Highland Scrambles South is out what a great addition. Be careful though these are mainly mountain routes, some that will be rarely climbed.The Scottish Mountain Trust (SMT)and what they do for us? They raised nearly £1,297,500

It is out now – but be careful in the big mountains especially on rarely climbed routes. After winter a dry spell in May and a wet June there ,may be loose rock about. This is a guide that will … Continue reading

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Off to Skye Loch Coruisk!

I am heading over to Skye camping at Coruisk with the Moray Mountaineering Club, we have the use of the JMCS hut and I taking my tent with me as the hut is great but a bit small it sleeps … Continue reading

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A night I will never forget! F111 Crash on the Isle of Skye 7 December 1982

A night I will never forget! F111 Crash on the Isle of Skye 7 December 1982 ? “At about 8 pm on the night of 7 December 1982 after descending to about 1000ft over Loch Scavaig, an F-111F aircraft struck the southern…

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Mountain First Aid – Part 2 and a few comments?

This the second part of a few thoughts on early Mountain Rescue First Aid /Emergency Care. I spoke about the efforts of the early pioneers like Donald Duff, I Jones and others. It is fantastic to see how far things … Continue reading

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Mountain First Aid – the early days – Donald Duff – Dave Danter – Ieuan Jones.

Many take for granted the huge improvements in Mountain First Aid and Wilderness medicine. It has been developed over the years and even in my time in the mountains it has improved so much. I had a message from a … Continue reading

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A visit to Joss Gosling RAF Mountain Rescue, Hamish MacInnes and the 1963 Dubhs Ridge accident. A hard 5 days with great sadness.

I needed an easy day before my party in Onich so I went into Fort William for a breakfast and some shopping then a visit to see Joss Gosling who at 88 is a veteran of the RAF Mountain Rescue … Continue reading

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A Long Journey back, so many great people/ characters Bill Shankly Memorial and the views outstanding Glencoe magic.

  I left down South at 0200 to miss the traffic on the motorways. Unfortunately the best laid schemes of “mice and men” and the closure of the M6 from junction 14 – 16 and the Birmingham works all added … Continue reading

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Ticks and Lyme disease! A reminder for all – please be aware share and comment?

Ticks As I was walking in my shorts it reminds me of the annual problem we have with ticks. They love the heather, long grass and ferns and at times during the height of summer I have found several ticks … Continue reading

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Lots of work done towards “RideforReuben” then heading North – Maybe the Corbett Hartfell tomorrow on the way to Ayr.

What a great trip South over the last 10 days the girls were in great form myself and Lexi had great early morning walks around the golfcourse and the bluebell wood with Flo the family dog. Yvette is who is … Continue reading

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Sept 1988 – 50 th Anniversary of Pitreavie Castle!

In my early days before mobile phones, it was the trusted land line or the local Police that called you out. The RAF Mountain Rescue Teams were controlled by two Rescue Coordination Centres at Pitreavie Castle and Plymouth. In Scotland … Continue reading

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