Category Archives: Avalanche info

Archives of Mountaineering incidents.

I am regularly asked to find information on past incidents. Sadly few teams have a complete record of all the incidents they attended. Over my years in the RAF I took it on to collate all the incidents RAF Kinloss … Continue reading

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Every picture tells a story – Diran Pakistan.

When you see a big avalanche in the mountains it is a reminder of the power of nature. I had seen many in Scotland and was involved in many rescues. I had huge respect after being in two in Scotland. … Continue reading

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Winter Skills – Day 2 Cairngorms a complete change in weather.

It was a bit hard getting the body going yesterday. Up for a good breakfast “porridge” and head for the Cairngorms. I had to be there for 0900 so I left early top tip as I was unsure of the … Continue reading

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Winter Skills on a blue sky day in the Cairngorms.

I was out with my club the Moray Mountaineering Club in the Cairngorms. It was an early start over the Dava Moor, care had to be taken. It was icy roads and the trees were full of snow lots of … Continue reading

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A wee reminder of winter.

Yesterday I had planned a wander with David Lintren. We had met years ago and had wanted to do a wee piece for Walk Highlands. David Lintern is an award-winning photographer and writer, an average mountaineer and a below average runner. … Continue reading

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The RAF Winter Course a bit of background – Winter Training.

I just saw the RAF Mountain Rescue annual winter course is now on. Its been going for over 70 years and gets the 3 RAF teams together for winter skills. In my era it was over 2 weeks split between … Continue reading

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What’s your favourite winter route in Coire AN T – Sneachda ?

The Coire of the snows is one of the busiest places to winter climb. It has easy access from the Cairngorm Ski car park. For over 30 years I climbed here and even managed a wee route last year the … Continue reading

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My mate Tom Mac Donald RIP.

Tom MacDonald I have the just had the sad news of my pal Tom MacDonald died on Thursday at his home in Dundee. I have no other news as yet. It was a huge shock as I thought the man … Continue reading

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Tricky winter hills – Beinn a Chaorainn.

I was speaking to a winter mountaineer the other day about Beinn a Chaorainn. A Munro on the Laggan road that is often combined with Beinn Teallach. He was unaware that on poor conditions Beinn a Chaorainn can be a … Continue reading

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Assynt – Ben Mhor Coigach Sgurr an Fhidhleir – The Fhidhleir

My friend Terry was up North visiting Assynt he had a couple of great days. I cover for him when he is alone on the hill. It’s a bit of back up for him he sent me a few great … Continue reading

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