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Glovers Chimney – Ben Nevis.

Classic Scottish winter climbing – Glovers Chimney Ben Nevis photo Mark Hartree First ascent winter 1935 by G.C McPhee and party. My first introduction to this classic route was on my first ascent of Tower Ridge in the early 70’s … Continue reading

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My mate Tom Mac Donald RIP.

Tom MacDonald I have the just had the sad news of my pal Tom MacDonald died on Thursday at his home in Dundee. I have no other news as yet. It was a huge shock as I thought the man … 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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200 years of HM Coastguards. Thank you.

Over my many years in Mountain Rescue I was privileged to work with many Agencies. Yet I was always happy to work with the HM. Coastguards in my early days we had many exercises one I remember was on Hoy. … Continue reading

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Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team Routes on Ben Nevis in winter. Ian Clough and others.

In the 50’s when National Service was mandatory a few climbers were posted to RAF Kinloss in the UK the Mountain Rescue Team in Morayshire in the North of Scotland. As the team trained most weekends at various Base Camps … Continue reading

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Thanks to John Harper of The Braeraich for all those years of looking after us in Newtonmore . RIP John

This wee blog is read by many ex RAF Troops all over the World . I use it to pass news good and bad on to others many who live away from Facebook. I picked this up from Joanne through … Continue reading

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Cracking books and ideas for climbing the hills. “Scotlands Mountain Ridges.” Dan Bailey and that old favourite the SMC District Guides.

This is great guidebook with a mix of summer scrambling, rock climbing and winter mountaineering on Scotland’s ridges, from the remote Cairngorms to the splendour of the Cuillin. Graceful carved walkways slung between summits, twisted spines of stone – ridges … Continue reading

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Assynt – Ben Mhor Coigach Sgurr an Fhidhleir – The Fhidhleir

My friend Terry was up North visiting Assynt he had a couple of great days. I cover for him when he is alone on the hill. It’s a bit of back up for him he sent me a few great … Continue reading

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Dog sitting – Back from the West my pal Islay for a few days. Plans for the New Year? “So much to do so little time “

It was very wet over in the West but we had a quite New Year we got lots of driving rain. The rivers are very high and the great peaks snow less. It was a long drive back until I … Continue reading

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A Warm start to the New Year. There is something primeval about a fire outside.

Last night was a grand night with a few friends outside for a fire on the West Coast. Some old wood was collected and we had a fire pit as well. A few friends were about all outside and socially … Continue reading

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