Category Archives: Books

Jimmy Marshall – The Maister” King of The Ben.

I met Jimmy Marshall on a few occasions and he was already called “the Maisters” we I am sure we had a great night in Fort William after his presentation of the Mountain Culture Award in Fort William. Looking back … Continue reading

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Down at the Fort William Mountain Festival.

Yesterday was a wild day terrible winds all night battered my village on the North East coast. I had to travel after giving blood in Elgin in the early afternoon. There were many trees down but as I drove West … Continue reading

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Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture.FortWilliam Mountain Festival.

Thank you all in every Mountains Rescue team SARDA and the SAR rescue helicopter that are a huge part of me gaining this award. I feel so humbled. This is the write up: from the Fort William Mountain Festival. Expert … Continue reading

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Boldness in winter climbing : an old picture from the past.

When your out climbing this winter with all the great gear about from ice axes to crampons , harnesses, ice screws, rock protection, superb clothing etc. Get your guide book out and look at the dates of the first ascents … Continue reading

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Ray Sefton Sunshine – one of the best . The Way it was.

Ray Sefton (Sunshine) was and still is one of the best people I have met. He joined the RAF in 1956 when National Service was still going. The RAF Mountain Rescue Teams were full of characters, many who were excellent … Continue reading

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John Hinde another great character.

I was very fortunate to meet so many great mentors in RAF Mountain Rescue. John Hinde was one who helped me a lot and gave me so much of the history of the Mountain Rescue Service. John was a superb … Continue reading

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Hamish -The Log cabin wee bothy in the North West. Furniture removal thanks to the RAF helicopters.

Hamish during and before COVID used to send me little stories of past days to me me most are in that wonderful book above. I know how much he enjoyed talking about these days. His memory had recovered and he … Continue reading

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Glen Nevis a place of many memories

Yesterday I did a wee bit of filming with Dave and Claire McLeod. The weather held for us and we got a few shots and a wee video done.The drive down was okay apart from Inverness which seems to have … Continue reading

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A great read “ The Bond” by Simon McCartney.

My pal Terry Moore had chased me to read this book, I was not disappointed what a read. The book was written years after two stunning ascents in Alaska. The climbs at time were so legendary that some believed they … Continue reading

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Cold Bivouac’s – what’s yours ?

Most of the bivouacs in my early days in these days the bivouac gear was basic. Orange polythene bags were the standard. This was the early 80’s a few on call-outs. My worst one was on Skye in 1982 on … Continue reading

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