Category Archives: Friends

Beinn Bhan 896 metres route from Beleach Na Ba. A day snatched before the weather breaks.

It was an early start to meet my pal Kalie in Applecross before the forecast weekend storm broke. I had looked at a route and though the forecast was poor I thought we could see what the weather was like … Continue reading

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Every photo tells a story. Friendships forged in the mountains.

Al died whilst soling on the the North Face of the Matterhorn a few years later. It was one of the hardest periods of my life getting him home. I have lost a good few pals in the mountains it’s … Continue reading

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Falling leader – the leader must not fall?

In the old days there was a saying “ the leader must not fall” These were the days before good protection in winter and summer climbing . In these very early days gear was poor and climbers were very bold. … Continue reading

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Coire Lair a wander and some thoughts on the wonderful Stalking paths.

We had an Autumnal walk up to Coire Lair through mist covered mountains yesterday. It had been very heavy rain for a few days and the Coire has a interesting river crossing and some of the best stalking paths in … Continue reading

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A wander in my local area – Surfers, Wave Boarders diving birds Gannets and a Basking sharks as the sun goes down.

I was planning a hill day as the weather forecast was superb but I had a problem with my chimney and had to get it fixed. It was picked up by my Chimney Sweep and could have caused a fire. … Continue reading

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Mountain Memories A remote route Beinn Lair Wisdom Buttress. The Classic Corbett’s of Beinn Lair and Beinn a’ Chaisgein Mor and Meeting Andy Nisbet.

I was lucky to climb on Beinn Lair for my only time many years ago (it was 36 years in 1984) when we went into Beinn Lair one of Scotland’s remotest hills. It is a classic day and these two … Continue reading

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Harris incredible weather a walk up Clisham and a visit to the Colby camp near the summit.

Yesterday we had a look at the weather forecast and decided to climb Clisham . It had been over 40 years since Kalie had climbed it with her late husband Nigel. She had wanted to climb it today but the … Continue reading

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The Isle of Harris a trip down memory lane ?

I am so lucky just now I am in Harris the weather yesterday was perfect. We left the day before and had a superb night in Dunvegan then on to the Ferry at Uig next day. The drive from home … Continue reading

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The Ben Lui Jaguar crash 1979 and the Shackleton on Harris 1990 lessons learned.

The RAF Mountain Rescue Team and the other RAF teams are there to recover aircrew from crashed aircraft and also work with the Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) after an incident at times this can be on steep and difficult … Continue reading

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1972 – First time on Tower Ridge Ben Nevis .

I had written this a few years ago and it was tidied up by a pal for the RAF MRT newsletter, its worth a look? Forty- eight years ago, I climbed Tower Ridge for the first time. It was September … Continue reading

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