Category Archives: Enviroment

The Alpinist

Marc-André Leclerc climbs solo unroped, far from the limelight. The free-spirited 25 year old makes made some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet he was very different from most other climbers shunning the limelight.. He led a “hippy … Continue reading

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Meal Fuar – mhonaidh 699 metres (Hill of the Cold Mass)

I was offered a short day on the hill yesterday with Dianne and Dottie and we left at a descent time 0800 on quiet roads for Loch Ness, The plan was the Meal Fuar – mhonaidh 699 metres. This wee … Continue reading

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2021 Memories.

I thought I would share a few photos of this year. It’s been a crazy time the world is a strange place but yet we still have so many lovely places many on our doorstep to see. It’s easy to … Continue reading

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A night traverse of the Aonach Eagach.

Walk Highlands describes the ridge as “Famed as the narrowest ridge on the British mainland (though Liathach and An Teallach must run it close), the Aonach Eagach gives a thrilling and spectacular traverse for keen and experienced scramblers, linking the … Continue reading

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Short days in the shortest of days – The odd climb before the crowds return after Christmas.

Short days on the shortest day! Coire Sputan Dearg Mac Dui – Grey mans crag. The Ben, Lochnagar and other great places. The shortest day is now behind us and I was reminded of trying to get in early winter … Continue reading

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A sad event “Tragedy on Ben Nevis – 19 th December 1954 .”

“On the 19 Dec 1954 exactly 67 years ago Eleven Royal Naval personnel from Royal Naval Air Station Fulmar (Lossiemouth) left to climb Ben Nevis via Coire Leis. They had stayed overnight and left the CIC hut where they were … Continue reading

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The silent world of the walk out from Ben Alder Cottage – where has all the wild life gone.The industrial clearance of trees made some of the forest look like a bomb site?

As we wandered back through Ben Alder Cottage it was a stunning morning. We walked out along the path now partly frozen then the track through forestry and cleared areas. We all remarked how few animals we had seen. Of … Continue reading

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Some good advice from Greg Boswell.

It’s great when you see some of the top climbers giving good advice. Greg has let me publish his words from last week there’s a lot of sense in them! It’s all very good and well running of time the … Continue reading

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Early lessons from the “helicopter Fast party” The USAF F111 that crashed on Skye 7 Dec 1982. 30 min to get your life sorted .

The changes over the years in Mountain Rescue and the introduction of a fast party for deployment by helicopter changed a lot of our protocols. In the RAF Mountain Rescue. Things changed we could be flown all over Scotland to … Continue reading

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No summit on Fionn Bhein yet a stunning day with the weather clearing and snow devils.

I was out with the Moray Mountaineering club at the Jacobite Club hut at Invercroft near Achnasheen. There were only 4 members out we did our COVID checks. It’s a grand bothy situated just of the road and has a … Continue reading

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