Monthly Archives: March 2023

Munro’s and adventures by boat “Daz Boot”

Over the years I have been lucky to use a boat usually an inflatable to climb Munro’s. I first remember borrowing a boat from Grantown on Spey to visit the remoter lochs and distant Munro’s. . Cannich and it’s huge … Continue reading

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Benchmarks and the Devil – by Pete Kirkpatrick.I’m

BENCHMARKS AND THE DEVIL This is a great piece written by my friend Pete Kirkpatrick. It in-my view shows how different we were as RAF Mountain Rescue. Have you ever had that experience when you are eating a meal and … Continue reading

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Raeburns Arête -Ben Nevis

I love Ben Nevis it gave me so many great days. In summer it a different mountain. I used to enjoy climbing the Classic Ridges with young troops. North East Buttress is a grand route. It’s like a big Alpine … Continue reading

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Sheep ticks / there back !

Ticks The last weekend I was out in the hills the I was out with SARDA and many of the dogs were covered in ticks. last thing I was thinking about was ticks! Despite a thorough search I found another … Continue reading

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SARDA Scotland Annual Assessment / Fort William

I spent yesterday on the final day of the SARDA assessment. Again it was an eye opening wss a long weekend starting Friday night for Dogs, handlers, bodies and those organising the Assessment. There is huge pressure on all … Continue reading

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SARDA Scotland – Annual

This weekend I am down at Fort Williamwith SARDA SCOTLAND on their Annual Assessment. The dogs, handlers and bodies work so hard to get the Dogs and handlers assessed. They had already completed a full days assessment when I arrived … Continue reading

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Guilt or Gratitude missing out on big Callouts ? By Pete Kirkpatrick

GUILT OR GRATITUDE This is a interesting article that I think many of us in the Emergency Agencies who may feel they miss out on a big incident. This happens as family,holidays, sickness and many other things may stop you … Continue reading

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Monday washing day in Tibet. A tale of a bothy on Everest !

Is there a better back drop to dry your gear than this view of Everest. Everything was still covered in sand even after a good wash, We were in Tibet for 3 months hard living but we had our secret … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day

Mothers Day I always think about my Mum even more so just now. A few days ago was the day of Women who Inspire my Mum is without doubt the lady I was always inspired by her. It has been … Continue reading

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The great improvements in weather/ Avalanche/ forecasting.

In my early days in the RAF Mountain Rescue we got a weather forecast from the local RAF MET office. It was handy but mainly designed mainly for aircraft flying. It came in at weekends by our High Frequency radios … Continue reading

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