Thank you “Neil Reid Bothy Gangrel” and Mountaineering Scotland who has just retired.

Neil leaving Mountaineering Scotland. Photo mountaineering Scotland.

Many mountain folk will know this unassuming man Neil Reid. Over the years he has been a key Ambassador for Mountaineering Scotland as Editor of there magazine. I first met him due to a few contacts on the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) His love of the Cairngorms is legendary as is his knowledge especially of Corrour and Bob Scots. He and his bothy pals carry out the awful task at times on toilet waste at Corrour. What a man !

Neil has just retired from Mountaineering Scotland as the Communications officer. The write up below is from Mountaineering Scotlands website.

Neil, who edited the Scottish Mountaineer magazine, has been walking and climbing in the Scottish hills for over 50 years. A member of the Braes o’ Fife Mountaineering Club since the 1980s, he has served a term as President. With the Braes o’ Fife he started rock and ice climbing and has put up new routes in Rum and in the Cairngorms.

Neil is actively involved in bothy maintenance with both the MBA and Bob Scott’s Bothy Association. He has helped with the renovations of Corrour Bothy, the Hutchison Hut, the Fords of Avon Refuge and other bothies. He is maintenance organiser for Corrour Bothy and an MBA trustee. He also writes the cairngormwanderer blog.

Professionally, he has been involved in the communications industry for more than 35 years, working in local newspapers and, latterly, in print and web-based corporate communications.

“A really nice farewell from my colleagues at Mountaineering Scotland. This really has been the best ever job and it’s been a real privilege to edit Scottish Mountaineer for the last nine years. Even better – having worked with my successor, Fiona, for the last four weeks, I’m confident she’ll do a great job too, so I don’t need to feel bad about leaving. 🙂
Off to spend more time with my family now… and the Cairngorms.”

In life I have been lucky to meet folk like Neil he is a star and an incredible font of knowledge on many subjects. I wish him a long and healthy retirement and thank him for his wonderful achievements through the years. It is great that now he can get more family time and on the hills more often.

Neil I will catch up with you one day but on behalf of many thank you for all your help to me and others.

Folk like Neil are rare they do do much for others and look after our wonderful country. In these dark days where so many are selfish it’s great to see folk like Neil are still doing there bit for others.

Thank you Neil.

Neil’s blog is a great insight into the Cairngorms. @Cairngormwanderer blog

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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1 Response to Thank you “Neil Reid Bothy Gangrel” and Mountaineering Scotland who has just retired.

  1. Thanks Heavy. Some really kind words there.


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