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Self Reliance ( meaning “reliance on one’s own powers and resources rather than those of others”) on the mountains a few thoughts.

It is what many of us call this is the “silly season” it’s already started in my mind. The daylight hours are now shortening and the weather changing. Mountain Rescue Teams are getting busy as the weather, daylight catch folk … Continue reading

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The point of Training hard for the worst that the weather can do on the mountains.

I have written a few blogs recently about mistakes I made on the hill. The point I wanted to make was to show how little things can escalated and can turn into an epic . I spoke to Dan Carrol … Continue reading

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A new book on the way from the Scottish Mountaineering Trust on Tom Patey .

From the Scottish Mountaineering Trust “Tom Patey is a Scottish climbing legend who needs no introduction. His climbing escapades, evening antics and desire for adventure combine to produce a character unlike any other in our country’s climbing history. We are … Continue reading

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The Torridon hills some memories.

The other day I was up a lovely wee hill An – Ruadh Meallean near Torridon that gave me a great view of the West side of the Torridon Munro Beinn Alligin. I have done several big call outs on … Continue reading

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Are you ready for the change to winter?

Hopefully we have still got some summer left but I have not been out for a while but heading West this weekend. So I had a look at my kit. My summer bag was light. I have added some more … Continue reading

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Podcast on Beinn Eighe about 30 min in from Joss Goslings Diary / on Radio Scotland – Scotland Outdoors sept 4 th!

Yesterday the Scotland Outdoors programme did a piece from Joss Gosling’s diary. It was I thought a great tribute to Joss Gosling and the Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team in 1951. The link is below : https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/scotland-outdoors/id261779480?i=1000534293033 It was wonderful to … Continue reading

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A Classic Climb Greag Dubh Wall – Tremadoc North Wales.

I located a photo with great memories of my time in North Wales. I loved climbing there and we often went to Tremadoc which seemed to hold the good weather. It was also a roadside crag( no long Scottish walks … Continue reading

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Time to check your gear for winter?

The picture was taken in 1972 after I had been in the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team for a few months. I had just done my first winter. That was some introduction for a 7 stone wee lad . Every … Continue reading

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Wreckers Slab – from the words of babes ?

My mate Pete Greening wrote this “While on holiday in Cornwall in Aug 2013 David Whalley (Heavy) enters into the spirit of things by doing his best impression of climber/surfer/visionary/Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, during an ascent of Wrecker’s Slab” I … Continue reading

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Sea King Helicopter Memories.

My first memory of the. Seaking was getting dropped of on Ben a Bhuird for winter climbing in the late 70’s. After being so used to the Wessex it was so big and we could get many more on the … Continue reading

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