Monthly Archives: August 2020

Classic gear / Rucksacks various The Cuillin Rucksack made by Scottish Mountain Gear. Karrimor Outward Bound, Joe Brown, Troll, Mac, Pod, etc.

Who remembers this rucksack (above) what a great bit of kit. I am sure it was made of a design of Murray Hamilton one of the top climbers of his day From a pal – Was that the one made … Continue reading

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Change of plan Portsoy – Fields of Gold, Redhythe, rock climbing and lots Dolphins.

It had been a long time coming but we had an old pal back up Rhys and we had a day on the Cairngorms planned rock climbing. Dan my best pal was free so I was looking forward to a … Continue reading

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Planning for a day on the hills? The love of maps.

Many of us older folk still love looking at maps, we find even on a popular map find new things to go and look at. I have spent so much time looking at them I even had a few in … Continue reading

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Frank Card RIP RAF Mountain Rescue – Montrose/Edzell 1949-51

Frank Card RIP Montrose/Edzell 1949-51 Frank wrote the book Whensover. I saw this on the RAF MRT Association on Facebook Page from Alister Haveron. “I had a call from Jo with the sad news that Frank passed away on the … Continue reading

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A podcast, for mental health some thinking time and a head clearing cycle later along the coast.

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” ― Leonard Cohen Today I was asked to do a podcast for Basic Scotland. https://basics-scotland.org.ukWeb result with site linksBASICS Scotland BASICS Scotland (British Association of Immediate Care) is … Continue reading

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Weather changing a few tips ?

When planning ahead for a day on the hill its worth looking at the weather forecasts. Many have had great days in shorts and lightweight gear this summer. Its well worth looking ahead to what you may expect on the … Continue reading

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Ardgour – Garbh Bheinn – A past visit to Alan Grouts Memorial.

Ardgour  is special place and has a ferry and if not used a long drive along some wild single track roads, It has no Munros but many great Corbetts and acres of unclimbed rock. Many of the hills are pathless … Continue reading

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Access to Loch Muick / Linn of Dee – Lochnagar tales.

From this weekend (Sat, Aug 15), traffic will be managed at two Deeside locations to protect public safety and ensure that two of the Cairngorms National Park’s best known beauty spots are not damaged by off-road parking. Access to Loch … Continue reading

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Scottish Mountain Rescue Benevolent Scheme.

It’s great to see after so much work by many that Scottish Mountain Rescue now has a Benevolent Scheme. This hopefully will be able to help team members and families who are in a time of need.

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He ain’t Heavy he is my brother!

Many have spent years on the hills and wild places. Carried lots of unknown folk of the hills. Spent days searching for folk we never knew. Yet I know of several pals that are suffering and in dark places. Some … Continue reading

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