Category Archives: Books

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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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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Poetry on the hills – How I missed out for so long .

Norman MacCaig. This is part of his work that made me read lots of his poetry. I love the poetry of the mountains and wild places and coming from Ayr the land of Robbie Burns it makes me sorry I … 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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The Beinn Eighe Lancaster crash by Doctor Brewster The Moray Mountaineering Club.

This was given to me a long time ago it was from the Moray Mountaineering Club Journal (1981) This is the story of the search for a missing Lancaster aircraft on Beinn Eighe the article was written 30 years ago … Continue reading

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Part 2 – The Diary of Joss Gosling from the Lancaster Crash on Beinn Eighe in 1951.

Joss’s Diary continued. 20 April 1951 The RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team left Kinloss for Kinlochewe to find the weather dull. Saturday 21 April – The weather was really fine it improved, not a cloud in the sky . Five … Continue reading

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Hamish MacInnes – The Fox of Glencoe. Thanks for the review Adrian.

My friend Adrian Trednal wrote this in “All things Cuillin” on Facebook. He has given me permission to use it. I personally loved the book it is a wealth of stories by a man I miss and many others dearly. … Continue reading

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Glendessary and Glen Kingie – and my Father as a student missionary.

I received this piece about my Father: I was looking at Ian Mitchell’s book titled Mountain Footfalls. In his chapter on Glendessary he refers to an article in an old issue of the Life and Work The Church of Scotland … Continue reading

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1965’s Scottish Climbing School Glencoe . Some names here . Dougal Haston, John Harlin, Tom Patey. Ely Moriarty, John Cunningham Rusty Ballie .

Could you imagine being taught by these climbers in 1965 ? Think of all the news routes they would have climbed. They were the some of the cream of Scottish climbing of that era . I wonder if anyone remembers … Continue reading

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