Category Archives: Expeditions – Alaska – Himalayas etc

Everest Summit – 22 May 2001 Tibet – Dan and Rusty on summit. RIP Ted Atkins.

Thinking of a great trip to Tibet thanks to all I love seeing the photos. The memories of a great bunch of folk the magnificence of the Sherpas . Than you all ! Especially the families who waited and worried … Continue reading

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Losing weight on an expedition.

I found losing weight on an expedition very easy. On our early walks across Scotland we could only eat what we could carry. There was little thought of nutrition in these days. Out hill food was porridge, snacks for the … Continue reading

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Sad days for Ukraine. Please take a few minutes to think of them.

I daily hear folk moaning about the cost of fuel food and many other things . Yet there are no bombs dropping on our homes. The news abroad is awful with a full scale war going on in Ukraine. I … Continue reading

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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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Last days on Everest. A personal journey.

In 2001 I was lucky to be part of an Everest Expedition from Tibet. It was made up of purely RAF Mountain Rescue Troops and the Team Doctor. It was a great expedition in all aspects with Dan Carrol and … Continue reading

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Everest 20 years on ! A few thoughts.

I saw this written by a friend: “Happy Anniversary to all involved. I’d not been on MR long when they got back from Everest and I went to the lecture they did at Kinloss in the mess. It was inspirational … Continue reading

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Should mountaineers still be on Everest and other big mountains and using Oxygen as local folk are dying due to Covid. Comments welcome !

I have read a lot recently and my heart bleeds for the many who have died of Covid in India, Nepal and Pakistan. Yet it is amazing that there are still many expeditions out climbing the big peaks! Is this … Continue reading

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Scary Flights – “One shot pass” Alaska Denali.

I did lots of scary flights in helicopters for many years on all weathers. Yet the most scared I was when flying into Denali (Alaska) on Mount McKinley. I had seen many aircraft crashes in my Mountain Rescue days. Always … Continue reading

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Summits and Scranbreaks an ascent of Gasherbrum Expedition – Dan Carrol.

My mate Dan Carrol is well known in Mountain Rescue he was my Deputy in the RAF Kinloss Team and a true pal. As a leader I was lucky to have such a man’s support he kept me right. Dan … Continue reading

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Ted Atkins and Al Mac Leod North Face of the Eiger. Pushing the standards.

I just got sent these photos by a pal Rushie of Ted Atkins and Al MacLeod on the North Face of the Eiger in the late 80,s. I remember them coming back from this with “wild bivouac eyes. “ Sadly … Continue reading

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