Category Archives: Alaska

The Alpinist

Marc-André Leclerc climbs solo unroped, far from the limelight. The free-spirited 25 year old makes made some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet he was very different from most other climbers shunning the limelight.. He led a “hippy … Continue reading

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Really enjoyed Andy Kitkpatrick talk at Inverness last night. Andy Kirkpatrick – “Mind Your Head: Holidays from Hell”

It was pouring for most of the day as I travelled to Inverness. I was a bit wary of being in a theatre again. Yet I am so glad I went. Andy was on great form and I laughed so … Continue reading

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What’s your favourite hill food?

When I first went on the hills as a very young boy my Dad always carried a huge bar of Cadbury’s chocolate. That was the highlight of many a walk getting a few squares. In the old days we used … Continue reading

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Scary Flights – “One shot pass” Alaska Denali.

I did lots of scary flights in helicopters for many years on all weathers. Yet the most scared I was when flying into Denali (Alaska) on Mount McKinley. I had seen many aircraft crashes in my Mountain Rescue days. Always … Continue reading

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Tent Bound – week 2 “Lock in” How Expeditions and tent life helped?

During these recent times I think that some of the long Expeditions I have been so lucky to be on help get you through hard times. Sometimes we never made the tent and had to bivy outside it was so … Continue reading

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Classic Gear – wind-suits.

In the RAF we were lucky we had always a contact or folks in the team who could make things. The Safety Equipment could turn and old parachute into a basic wind – top or suit if you chatted to … Continue reading

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Early Start for An Teallach

I was away at 0500 I wanted an early start the forecast was mixed for the day. My Mountaineering Club were on a Bus Meet to An Teallach but I needed a day on my own after a sad week … Continue reading

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Alaska – Denali in winter and a few thoughts of those who wait at home.

Many who delve in this wee blog will know of Andy Kirkpatrick an incredible Mountaineer and his wife Venessa have just got to Base Camp from a winter attempt of the incredible Denali it’s a big wild mountain at 20320 … Continue reading

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Jenny Graham Update – Cycling round the World unsupported . She is leaving Nova Scotia – Halifax Airport. Heading for Europe . Your getting there ! So proud of you .

Alaska – Nova Scotia It’s a #wheeeeelylongway!! Skidded to a hault last night at Halifax Airport, on route to Lisbon to start the final push of 3000km back to #berlin! Yet again the bike shops of the world sprung into … Continue reading

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Plockton on the West Coast two great days with special folk. Thanks

I have been over in Plockton again staying in the wonderful Station House at the railway station. My hosts were an old pal Lyle and Judy Brotherton and Byron the dog! The Old Station is now converted into a holiday … Continue reading

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