Monthly Archives: August 2021

Long Gone Ferries Ballahullish, Skye, Cape Wrath ! Any memories ?

Ferry memories: One of the classics was The Old Skye Ferry before the Bridge was built. It used to take us over to Skye for training and for Call outs. In these days there was no Kessock bridge at Inverness. … Continue reading

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Never take for granted our Families and how much they give us! Thank you all.

When I started Mountain Rescue in 1972 I was in the RAF had few responsibilities. I was like many very driven (looking back obsessed) by Mountaineering. Nothing else mattered at that period in my life. My family at home suffered … Continue reading

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Animal Rescues. Sheep at Applecross and the Bull on the Five Sisters ridge at Kintail.

My first animal rescue was around Applecross near the Cioch Nose where several sheep had got stuck on steep crags. Seemingly it was an annual event and a few of the Kinloss Team were sent up to help. As a … Continue reading

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Hamish MacInnes – The Fox of Glencoe. Thanks for the review Adrian.

My friend Adrian Trednal wrote this in “All things Cuillin” on Facebook. He has given me permission to use it. I personally loved the book it is a wealth of stories by a man I miss and many others dearly. … Continue reading

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1976 The North to South of Scotland walk the first week, Big bags, Big Learning.

I was tiding up and found a few old Walk basic reports this was of the 1976 North – South Walk. The aim – This was a mountaineering expedition from the most Northerly Mountain in Scotland Ben Hope to the … Continue reading

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Enjoy the Outdoors more make it a family affair! More great advice from Mountaineering Scotland

I have always tried to encourage young people and families to get out on the hills and wild places. I was lucky as I was introduced at an early age by my parents . We had great holidays and adventures … Continue reading

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More on Big Boots on climbs some of the comments received.

These are just a few comments of Climbing in Big Boots some classics : Mark Hartree – Had some fun days in big boots. Slabs in Wales, ridges in Scotland, sea cliffs on Anglesey. (Dream of White Horses in plastics) … Continue reading

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Kinloch Castle up for sale on Rum!

Sorry no blogs as I was over on the West Coast and the internet was down. It’s sorted now ! I see Kinloch Castle is up for sale on the Island of Rum. I have great memories of the Island. … Continue reading

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Climbing in Big Boots and Wet rock!

It used to be a thing in RAF Mountain Rescue to be able to climb in Big Boots and then on wet rock. The quote is mainly in big boots and a hill bag they said it was “character building”! … Continue reading

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Beinn Eighe boots !

The boots in the photo above were worn by my old pal Joss Gosling who had them on the RAF Kinloss MRT. He was a member of the team as a young man that located the Lancaster on Beinn Eighe … Continue reading

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