Monthly Archives: April 2022

Thinking of those who lost loved ones on the isle of Harris Shackleton crash on this day in 30 April 1990. Also all those involved in the recovery of the crew .

On 30 April 1990, a Royal Air Force Avro Shackleton AEW Mk II aircraft, of No. 8 Squadron RAF, based at RAF Lossiemouth, crashed into a hill on the Isle of Harris. This crash effected many and will bring memories … Continue reading

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Update on Shackleton memorial from

I just received this update : Dear David, Unfortunately the cairn is not ready for unveiling at the Shackleton memorial service tomorrow- the temporary base still needs work, so we plan to present just the memorial plaque to the RAF … Continue reading

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A good friend Paul Rosher retires from Skye Mountain Rescue Team – another of the unsung heroes of Mountain Rescue.

I just read that a good friend Paul Rosher of Skye Mountain Rescue is retiring after nearly 40 years with the Mountain Rescue team. I first met Paul At Camusunary bothy near Loch Coruisk. It was in winter December 1982 … Continue reading

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Sea Stacks – A few tales: The old man of Stoer. An early ascent in 1968 and a ascent of a foam covered Stack!

Well done Bridget from Skye ( All things Culluin) for climbing the Old Man of Storr a sea stack near Lochinver. A great day out for you and Adrian and what a way to experience a birthday. It got me … Continue reading

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A very slow day in Torridon Tom na Gruagaich. Beinn Alligin a cracking mountain.

“The weather had a great forecast for the West” my friend Kalie said “West is best” so I came over late on Thursday night. I had just had a tooth taken out on Wednesday and was not feeling great. Yet … Continue reading

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So lucky to have Ben Rinnes on my doorstep. The Wellington Crash and The Friends of Ben Rinnes.

Ben Rinnes ; 841 m (2,759 ft) · 512 m (1,680 ft) · Corbett, Marilyn. Elevation: 841 m (2,759 ft) Parent range: Grampian Mountains Ben Rinnes is a cracking mountain on my doorstep. It’s a short drive from home and the … Continue reading

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Mountains by various boats etc. Goatfell, Ben Lomond, Knoydart,Slioch, Skye etc.

If you read about the mountains and the sea add them together and you have a unique way to travel to these wild places. Here are just a few of my memories. Goatfell. My early memories are of the ferry … Continue reading

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Giving up the racing bike dealing with growing older gracefully.

Last week I had to sell my racing bike. I had great fun on it but due to an ongoing chest problem I struggled with breathing whilst cycling. I got soaked on my Cycle to Syracuse training during a wild … Continue reading

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Going on the hills alone. Any thoughts.

I often get asked why I go out alone on the hills? After over 40 years of taking people it’s great to go at your own pace, stop when you want and not be fixated by a time or summit. … Continue reading

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Paul 5,000 MILES191 MARATHONS AROUND THE UK COASTLINE IN 218 DAYS1 March – 4 October 2022

I met Paul today after a message from a pal who had put him up as he runs round the UK coastline. He is an ex military veteran on a mission. British Army veteran Paul Minter, from Leamington, will begin … Continue reading

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