Monthly Archives: February 2022

Soloing a personal view.

Solo climbing, or soloing, is a style of climbing in which the climber climbs alone, without the assistance of another person belaying. It is generally done on higher walls than bouldering. There are several ways to climb solo: Roped solo … Continue reading

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Classic ridges / The South Clunnie Kintail including the Saddle and Sgurr Na Sgine.

One of the most enjoyable days summer and winter is the South Clunnie at Kintail. It’s a great day and after you leave your car and are on the ridge the walking is superb. It was always a classic day … Continue reading

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Sad days for Ukraine. Please take a few minutes to think of them.

I daily hear folk moaning about the cost of fuel food and many other things . Yet there are no bombs dropping on our homes. The news abroad is awful with a full scale war going on in Ukraine. I … Continue reading

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Early days attempts on Point 5 Ben Nevis – A great line from the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal May 1959.

Point 5 Ben Nevis. Continue reading

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Crampons – some thoughts.

My first time in crampons was in Feb 1972 it was on a remote Munro from Iron Lodge near Kintail. Mullach na Dheregain . I was with another team member from Kinloss he was supposed to be looking after me … Continue reading

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Chasing the Moon on Beinn Dearg.

It was December 1996 and the RAF Kinloss MRT had been staying at Ullapool Youth Hostel for the weekend. There had been heavy snow for a few days. Any plans for getting in an early winter climb were abandoned. Beinn … Continue reading

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Winter Skills – Day 2 Cairngorms a complete change in weather.

It was a bit hard getting the body going yesterday. Up for a good breakfast “porridge” and head for the Cairngorms. I had to be there for 0900 so I left early top tip as I was unsure of the … Continue reading

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Winter Skills on a blue sky day in the Cairngorms.

I was out with my club the Moray Mountaineering Club in the Cairngorms. It was an early start over the Dava Moor, care had to be taken. It was icy roads and the trees were full of snow lots of … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the Walk Highlands article by David Lintern.

I was very happy to see this article published after my interview last week with David Lintren. It cane out the same day as an interview podcast with the author John Burns. I hope I do not come across as … Continue reading

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A chat with John Burns author of Bothy Tales, the Last Hillwalker and Sky Dance.

I did a podcast yesterday with the author John Burns see link above . Comments welcome. Johns books are well worth a read see below. Bothy Tales Bothy Tales is the perfect companion for The Last Hillwalker. In this collection … Continue reading

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