Category Archives: Avalanche info

Be careful – lots of snow about. Be Avalanche aware.

It’s great to read of folk climbing enjoying the winter. There is lots of snow falling over the next few days. Please be careful and read the weather and Avalanche Reports. Things have moved on over the years the weather … Continue reading

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A few memories good & bad of snow holing.

A pal asked me recently if when I am feeling better would fancy going snow holing this winter? It brought back so many memories some good some bad of some wild nights in the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis. In those … Continue reading

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Callout – Glencoe 14 Feb 1976

This is the second article from Tom McLellan it’s an interesting account in a different era. Glencoe – Saturday, 14th February 1976 All day the cloud was low down in Glencoe but I was familiar with the route up into … Continue reading

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Winter Top Tip – Preparation.

Plan your day – look at routes in advance cans be prepared to change your plans. Look at weather and avalanche forecasts not just on the day of your journey. Build up a picture of what’s happening. Leave a plan … Continue reading

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Just back from an incredible 3 days at the JMCOf Scotland hut. On the 40 Anniversary of the F111 crash on Sgurr Na Stri.

I have been struggling with health issues but I so wanted to be near the crash site on Sgurr Na Stri above Loch Coruisk. I had promised the relatives if I was able I would go. Packing the bag for … Continue reading

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Remembrance Week – A forgotten story of the Wellington crash on Geal Charn near Ben Alder.

To me this is an incredible story not well known but worthy of being acknowledged as an incredible survival story of one of the crew. This crash site is in extremely remote country access can be wild in winter. The … Continue reading

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1972 – My last weekend of my trial – Avalanche Sgur Lurtharn Aonach Beag near Ben Alder that we were lucky to survive.

This as I stated was the last weekend of the trial and I was to go out with George Bruce the Team leader and 2 other team members. George had planned a winter scramble or climb up a magnificent ridge … Continue reading

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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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