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Toilet matters – some loos may be closed what do you do on the hill? www. Mountaineering Scotland “Avoid causing pollution by urinating at least 30 m away from open water/rivers/streams and burying solid waste as far as possible from … Continue reading

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The Big Fall – “The Hill” Creag Dubh Sept 83

The Big Fall. We all had a weekend off for a Team wedding at Craigellachie. It was a Classic Highland wedding with lots of whisky. At this time a few of us we’re mad about climbing and had planned to … Continue reading

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Pyrotechnics – Ground illuminating Flares – who remembers them and the Para Flares (rockets) that could light up a Coire.

I wrote a piece the other day of a Call – out at night on Skye and got a message from a pal about seeing the flares light up the Coire as we struggled with the stretcher and the steep … Continue reading

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The North to South walk Day 1976 May 29 Day 21 – The Last Day “A dream come true” Ben Lomond

It was an incredible night in the small school at Inversnaid where we were staying by kind permission of one of the locals. We were really tired may be we have misjudged the second last day but these hills were so … Continue reading

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May 25 th Day 17 – North – South Scotland Blackrock Cottage Glencoe – Meall a’ Bhuiridh, , Clach Leathad, Stob A’Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar – Bridge of Orchy Station!

It was hard to leave such a comfortable bothy as Blackrock Cottage in Glencoe and even worse as the day started with heavy rain. We walked up the deserted White Corries Ski lift a depressing place on a wet day … Continue reading

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Day 13 May 21 1976 – North to South Walk – Spean Bridge – Fort William Via The Big 4 (Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis.)

The Big Four Spean Bridge – Fort William Via The Big 4 (Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis.)   We are in  Spean Bridge was where we were let down with the bothy and could not get … Continue reading

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1976 – Day 9 -17 May Mullardoch Munros , a burnt boot and then a dropped boot,

Strathfarra –   Broullin Lodge bothy  –  Carn nan Gobhar (993m, Munro 151)Sgurr na Lapaich (1150m, Munro 24)  Mullardoch House Glen Cannich. I was feeling a lot stronger still not 100% and we had a good night in the bothy. Paul had somehow … Continue reading

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1976 North to South Walk of Scotland day 2: Conival and Ben More Assynt. Into the wilds.

This is the story of my first Walk from North – South of Scotland in May 1976 it was an adventure and no day was ever the same. The gear was simple the maps basic but what a trip 1976 … Continue reading

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Suilven – a dropped rope and an epic day.

We had some great summers of climbing way back in the 80’s and were at Lochinver for the weekend, whilst a few went to the Old Man of Stoer myself and Joe Mo had decided to climb on Suiliven. We … Continue reading

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Willie Mac – Local boy retires a big thanks from RAF MR and your old mates.

I met Willie Mac as a young lad from Harris who joined the RAF Leuchars MRT, he was enticed to join by Stampy a tiger in his day. He worked in Workshops and had not long joined the RAF. In … Continue reading

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