Category Archives: Equipment

Self Reliance ( meaning “reliance on one’s own powers and resources rather than those of others”) on the mountains a few thoughts.

It is what many of us call this is the “silly season” it’s already started in my mind. The daylight hours are now shortening and the weather changing. Mountain Rescue Teams are getting busy as the weather, daylight catch folk … Continue reading

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Are you ready for the change to winter?

Hopefully we have still got some summer left but I have not been out for a while but heading West this weekend. So I had a look at my kit. My summer bag was light. I have added some more … Continue reading

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Time to check your gear for winter?

The picture was taken in 1972 after I had been in the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team for a few months. I had just done my first winter. That was some introduction for a 7 stone wee lad . Every … Continue reading

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Part 2 – The Diary of Joss Gosling from the Lancaster Crash on Beinn Eighe in 1951.

Joss’s Diary continued. 20 April 1951 The RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team left Kinloss for Kinlochewe to find the weather dull. Saturday 21 April – The weather was really fine it improved, not a cloud in the sky . Five … Continue reading

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The Diary of Joss Gosling written in 1951 on the Beinn Eighe Crash. Part 1.

This was from a personal diary of Joss Gosling of the Beinn Eighe crash of the Lancaster aircraft that crashed in 1951. The Lancaster Crash on Beinn Eighe (A copy ) from the original diary of Joss Gosling who was … Continue reading

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Garbh Bhein – Ardgour a sad tale.

As a Mountain Rescue Team Leader the worst thing that could happen is a Team member being badly injured or killed. I will admit it worried me a lot during my years as Team Leader and as a Party Leader. … Continue reading

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Long Gone Ferries Ballahullish, Skye, Cape Wrath ! Any memories ?

Ferry memories: One of the classics was The Old Skye Ferry before the Bridge was built. It used to take us over to Skye for training and for Call outs. In these days there was no Kessock bridge at Inverness. … Continue reading

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Animal Rescues. Sheep at Applecross and the Bull on the Five Sisters ridge at Kintail.

My first animal rescue was around Applecross near the Cioch Nose where several sheep had got stuck on steep crags. Seemingly it was an annual event and a few of the Kinloss Team were sent up to help. As a … Continue reading

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More on Big Boots on climbs some of the comments received.

These are just a few comments of Climbing in Big Boots some classics : Mark Hartree – Had some fun days in big boots. Slabs in Wales, ridges in Scotland, sea cliffs on Anglesey. (Dream of White Horses in plastics) … Continue reading

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Hillwalking in the heat! Some tips.

Over the years I was very lucky to learn about walking in the heat during my time in Desert Rescue in Masirah in the Persian Gulf. Nothing can compare with the Temperatures out there are incredible and it took a … Continue reading

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