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High Risks – Climbing to Extinction – Brian Hall

I found this an exceptional book. It took me back to the “ Golden Years” of Alpine and Himalayan Mountaineers.The death toll of these climbers pushing their ambitions and the complexity of their lives is an eye opener. He also … Continue reading

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Is winter here ? First winter climbs over the last few days. Am I envious !

It’s great to see that the climbers are out in the Northern Corries after the first snows of winter. To climb in these short days with not much daylight means you have to be organised. The snow ploughs have been … Continue reading

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Some great tales at the RAF Scotland Mountain Rescue re – union at Newtonmore. Thank you to all the families for your support over the years.

This weekend was the Annual RAF Mountain Rescue Reunion. It was a great night and RAF Lossiemouth Team joined us after the meal. What a great bunch of people. We had a superb night hosted by the Highlander Hotel who … Continue reading

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1978 – Early days at RAF Buchan plus two big call-outs on Colonsay and Braeriach.

Few folk will know I was posted to RAF Buchan near Peterhead after getting promoted to Corporal in 1978. It was a small station but very important part of the Cold War. Even though it broke my heart to leave … Continue reading

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1975 – Back home and on the hills again. Completing the Munro’s became the main aim.

One of the great things about being away on a 9 month tour to Masirah in the Persian Gulf was I got a months leave as you cannot take leave in Masirah. I had plans hatched with my pal at … Continue reading

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The mountaineering obsession begins !

It was all action on my first two years at Kinloss Mountain Rescue from 1972 – 74 . Every weekend was spent away with the team. I visited so many places all over Scotland. I hardly went home as I … Continue reading

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Early Callouts in 1972 – The harsh reality of Mountain Rescues.

At this time the call outs were fairly simple including a search for missing boy near Kinloss at Randolph’s Leap a popular walk near a steep gorge. We found him safe and well after a night search. The other was … Continue reading

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Remembrance Week – An Lurg near Bynack Mor and the Wellington crash in 14 August 1944. A past visit with the family.

A few years Avon just had an email about this sad incident from the son of the pilot of this crash. We visited the crash site a few years later ot was one of the most heartfelt trips I have … Continue reading

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A Long overdue day on the Fannichs. Loch Droma Meall a Ghrasgaidh , Sgurr Mor and Beinn Liath Mor Fannich

Though still being driven mad by my cough I decided to go to the Fannichs and see what would happen. I have lost most of the summer due to a hacking cough that I am awaiting seeing a consultant for. … Continue reading

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Old pals reunited .

It’s great to meet folk again ! Yesterday I met 3 old pals and had a cup of tea in Forres. Tom Taylor organised it as Bill Gault was up visiting with his wife Roberta. Bill was our Boss he … Continue reading

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