Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tom Patey – One man’s mountains a few tales from a must read.

One of the great mountaineering books I have ever read is One Man’s Mountains about the life of the famous Scottish Climbing Doctor Tom Patey.  Sadly I never met Tom but he was well known by many of my friends … Continue reading

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Spey Bay a wander a chat to the B.A.L.L Group and a forgotten airfield where 70 airmen lost their lives

My local area never seems to amaze me, yesterday was a superb day after a few days of storms but I missed my weekly gold to give a chat at Spey Bay about 20 miles away. I was speaking to … Continue reading

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Winter mountain safety lecture tour 2017/18

Mountaineering Scotland has teamed up with Cotswold Outdoor, Tiso, Scottish Walks magazine and The Munro Society to offer you a fascinating insight into Scotland’s mountains in winter and some essential safety advice for heading into the hills at this time … Continue reading

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The nights are drawing in? The Old Man of Hoy.

This is a tricky time to be on the hills, the weather is changing and the darkness comes early . It is well worth checking your torch and many now carry a spare. I checked mine the other day and … Continue reading

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Strange weather – big winds and seas. Be careful!

As we wait for the weather to improve my thoughts are with Ireland where the storm has battered the Island, the power of nature is there for all to see. No matter what we do we have to sit and … Continue reading

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40 years on – Some thoughts of a wild walk West to East Of Scotland 1977

Yesterday I was going to get out for a wander in the Cairngorms but despite being away early the weather was very poor. The mist was down as I drove to the Dava Moor and decided to come home. I … Continue reading

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A tragic and sad Avalanche accident on Imp Peak Montana but so many lessons to learn. 

I have just read a tragic story of an Avalanche last week in the USA in Montana early October and the winter has taken its toll already. My thoughts are as always with the families and friends who have lost … Continue reading

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A blowy wander to the Green Loch, Ryvoan bothy a poem, thoughts of family and John Muir. 

My plans were thwarted with the big winds. The car was batterd up at the car park in the Cairngorms, the forecast was right big winds. I decided  it was back to Glenmore Lodge for a wander up to the … Continue reading

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A busy few days at Badaguish with the Charity Outfitmoray. A walk in the in the wind by the Green Loch.

It has been a busy week as I was just back from a wet Skye and on the Monday morning I was on my travels to Baddagusih at Glenmore in the Cairngorms to help a local charity Outfitmoray who I … Continue reading

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The tale of  Teallach the two climbers and a snow hole in the Cairngorms

I once had a dog called Teallach, (the softest long-haired Alsatian you could ever meet) hefinished his Munros in 1985 and he had only twelve left for his second time around, when he unfortunately passed away. He had a life … Continue reading

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