Monthly Archives: November 2019

Great climbing gear / The Moac Nut ! Wooden Wedges.

Who remembers the classic MOAC nut. I loved them I remember on a classic route Nordwand in winter on Ben Nevis retreating from a battered in Moac and abseiling off into a storm. It will still be there! Also using … Continue reading

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Handy reminders for the winter.

The Saddle Kintail In my early days a few of the more experienced mountaineers in the RAF Team would advise me of possible danger areas in winter They would take time out to explain where they were when we were … Continue reading

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Short wander in the Cairngorms to the crag in the mist.

Yesterday I missed the good weather by a day but wanted a wander. The Cairngorms is on my doorstep so it was a lazy start. The road was icy at the Dava Moor and it’s a wild place with a … Continue reading

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“He wore two hats”.Tom Gibbon local Policeman and Killin Mountain Rescue member.

In my time in Mountain Rescue we relied so much the local village Policeman he was the person to get to know. They were the person in the know. When we arrived in villages all over Scotland on our weekend … Continue reading

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Remembrance week – after all the parades how do we look after our Service men and women today ?

Thanks for the comments on my blogs during this Remembrance week each day I did a piece on Aircraft Crashes in the Mountains. It’s good to remember these places and to get away from the crowds and remember those who … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday the Lancaster on Beinn Eighe and the Royal Marines from 45 Commando.

Today is Remembrance Sunday and a few years ago I was honoured to receive these words and photos from 45 Commando. Sir, I am a Royal Marines Mountain Leader from 45 Commando, based in Arbroath and I follow your thought … Continue reading

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The Wellington Crash Corrour / Alder Estate – Geal Charn.

There are few who know of this incident yet it is an incredible event. This tragic Crash was on 10 th Dec 1942. Near the remote Geal Charn near Beinn Alder. This crash site is in extremely remote country access … Continue reading

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Remembrance Week – The Oxford aircraft on Ben A Bhuird Cairngorms missing for 7 months and the tale of its find and a watch found at the site in 1973 returned to the family.

Ben Avon (1171m, Munro 17) Beinn a’Bhuird (1197m, Munro 11) Ben a’ Bhuird is amongst the remotes of the Munros in Scotland and amongst the granite tors of Stob an t-Sluichd there is the remains of an aircraft crash. Beinn … Continue reading

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Remembrance week – Ben Macdui the 1942 Avro Anson air crash remembered.

“Lest we forget” Many people visit Ben Mac Dui as the second biggest mountain in the United Kingdom it is a busy mountain. It is amazing how many visit this summit yet fail to notice a memorial marked on the … Continue reading

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Remembrance Week The Shackleton Crash AEW MK2 WR965. 30th April 1990 Grid reference NF 996914. Isle of Harris

Shackelton AEW MK2 WR965. 30th April 1990 Grid reference NF 996914 The RAF Mountain Rescue was formed during the Second World War to rescue aircrew from crashed aircraft in the mountains of the UK. To this day the 3 RAF … Continue reading

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