Monthly Archives: April 2020

The Shackleton Crash Isle of Harris.

I wondered if I should write this blog today but felt I had to. It’s a hard time for everyone especially for family and friends of the crew. Also it’s week 4 of the virus and huge changes in the … Continue reading

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It’s the little things that matter. A memory of the Island of Eigg 2016.

Most days I catch up with my Grandchildren (they are down South) how I miss them. These are strange times we are in. Thank goodness for modern technology where we can keep in touch. It’s the same with my sister … Continue reading

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Thinking Time. Looking back / The Monach Isles.

On the way back from a trip to the St Kilda we visited the Monach Isles I was on our way home after an incredible 5 day trip to St Kilda. We were on the MV Cuma and had … Continue reading

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I was speaking yesterday to a pal (from a safe distance) he is a keen mountaineer and misses the hills like me so much. Yet we both adhere to what the government says about staying away from the places we … Continue reading

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From Scottish Mountain Rescue – please heed this advice !

🔹Questions and Answers🔹 Firstly we would like to thank everyone for staying local or at home and for keeping our rescue teams quiet. Over the last couple of weeks we have received a large amount of messages and comments with … Continue reading

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Mountain Art Paintings and drawings – a few thoughts.

I always loved paintings and drawings of Mountains. I was cleaning up some of my books when out fell a card of a painting by Jean Thomas from Skye. Jean was a talented artist and I over the years bought … Continue reading

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Ben Klibreck and the Vampire Jet Crash.

Ben Klibreck -is a mountain I have done on many occasions. Usually I climbed this in bad weather combining this with the most Northerly Munro Ben Hope. Ben Klibreck always caught the weather being a fairly isolated open mountain. The … Continue reading

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Week 4 – “Don’t count the days make the days count.”

I hope all are well and coping with the “Lock down”. I am lucky having a beach and a forest on my doorstep. I manage my Exercise daily out on my bike or walking. It’s never busy and we are … Continue reading

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Stay safe – Stay local – Stay well.

It’s been 26 days since the last mountain call out. That’s the longest time between call outs Scottish Mountain Rescue Teams have seen since the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001. We can do this. Stay Safe, Stay Local, Stay … Continue reading

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Past Memories – A special day in the Cairngorms. An Emotional visit to the An Lurg Wellington Crash with the family 71 years on.

Yesterday I had the great privilege to take  Phil Paterson and his sons to the crash site of a Wellington aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth in the Cairngorms where his father and the crew of this aircraft lost their lives 71…

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