Category Archives: Books

Old Classic Gear a few favourites. Dachstein Mitts, Tartan Shirts and Curly boots. 1970 – 1980.

How the gear has changed from nearly 40 years ago and how many favourites have gone. I asked yesterday if folk could name some of the gear in the photo  above. Dachstein Mitts still loved, by many. The finger-less mitts, … Continue reading

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The Lancaster crash on Beinn Eighe in Torridon.

 THE LANACASTER CRASH ON BEINN EIGHE ROSS AND CROMARTY, SCOTLAND – 14th March 1951 IN THE MEMORY OF THE CREW OF LANCASTER TX264 Yesterday a group of RAF Mountain Rescue went to Torridon winter training they climbed Fuselage gully on … Continue reading

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What do you eat on a hill day? How many calories on an average hill day?

Few will know that I was a Caterer by trade and when involved with RAF Mountain Rescue food was an important part of the team. We all took it in turns cooking not easy as a young 17-year-old for a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Killin Mountain Rescue Team 50 years of Service.

Many who follow the Blog will know of my relationship over many years with the Killin Mountain Rescue Team. When I was at RAF Leuchars for 8 years with the RAF Mountain Rescue Team I worked a lot with Killin. … Continue reading

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Hamish Brown congratulations winning the Mountain Culture Award at the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Hamish Brown well done for winning the Mountain Culture Award for 2017 . I was away in Masirah in the Persian Gulf in 1973/74  and did not realise that Hamish Brown and his dog had completed his great traverse of … Continue reading

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Heading up to the hills.Appreciation of Nan Shepherd.  

Hopefully I have recovered now from the Friday walk and I hope to head away to the hills ! I hope this weather holds. It is incredible weather just now and the air so clear.  It was an easy day … Continue reading

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Start of winter – top tip – I learnt about Avalanches from that – Ben Alder 1972 ? Moving on a great idea – Recco Rescue Reflector.

For over a year I have been working on a project with the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS)and going back through all the incidents that involved Mountain Rescue Teams from 1980 – 2014. It makes sombre reading and I was … Continue reading

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