Category Archives: Bothies

Enthusiasm on An Teallach

Yesterday was an early start up at 0400 as I was meeting an old pal Tommy Pilling who was up staying at Gairloch for a week. Tommy was in days of yore a typical of a young troop in Mountain … Continue reading

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A bothy tale – Early winter Dec 1978 – The Mamores and an encounter at Meannanach bothy.

We were on our first winter traverse West to East of Scotland. We had done a North to South a year earlier and John Hinde one of our mentors had said “if you think your fit try one unsupported in … Continue reading

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The Cairngorm 6 a long time ago. Braeriach, Cairn Toul and Sgor an Lochan Uaine,Devils Point,Sgurr a Mhain ,Ben MacDui, Cairngorm. Scrambles and aircraft crashes?

Some of my Mountaineering club were are away doing some of the great peaks in the Cairngorms . It’s great to see and I heard they had a great time. These peaks mean so much to me I have had … Continue reading

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Memories of the first bothy I used Back hill of Bush Galloway

Memories of my first bothy Back of the Bush Galloway. Please note all Bothies are still closed due to Covid restrictions. From the MBA website https://www.mountainbothies.org.uk/ Please be aware that this website is the only up to date source of … Continue reading

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Roybridge Village Hall – Roy fridge. In praise of village halls.

I wrote last week about Mountain Rescue cooking and the nightmare it caused for many of the troops in the team. We all had to take turns cooking for a day when we were accepted in the team. That reminded … Continue reading

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Remote Bothies & Youth Hostels

Whats your favourite bothy or Youth Hostel? I like Affric Youth Hostel mainly along with Ossian Youth Hostel great places superb locations. Affric is a fair walk in from Kintail or Affric and Ossian unless you take the train is … Continue reading

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Viscount aircraft crash Ben More Crianlarich 19 Jan 1973

One of my first aircraft searches was for a Missing Viscount aircraft from Glasgow airport that crashed on Ben More (Crainlarich) in the winter 19 -23 January 1973. The aircraft was on a short air test from Glasgow. The two … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas / Dog Tales – Exiled in England and then the return to Scotland.

Chapter 3 In 1982 Heavy was posted to RAF Innsworth near Gloucester there was no Mountain Rescue team nearby. It was awful and when we arrived Heavy was told that no dogs were allowed on the station by the Station … Continue reading

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I learned about winter mountaineering from this. Lancet Edge Avalanche.

The magnificent Lancet Edge a great winter scramble, it was from roughly here that we were avalanched in 1972 . This picture was taken over 30 years later! This is the story and worth retelling . This was the final … Continue reading

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Whats your best piece of kit from the past?

Things have moved on since my early days on the hills. The clothing and footwear has improved beyond belief. Gone are the “hairy breeks” that many wore. How proud was I that I got a pair then at last I … Continue reading

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