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Great days in Applecross.

Sword of Gideon VS 4c – Beleach Na Ba Applecross/ Cioch Nose This is a Tom Patey classic climb Sword of Gideon. It’s a mountain route at VS and is rather unusual for Scotland as it is at an altitude … Continue reading

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Pyrotechnics – Ground illuminating Flares – who remembers them and the Para Flares (rockets) that could light up a Coire.

I wrote a piece the other day of a Call – out at night on Skye and got a message from a pal about seeing the flares light up the Coire as we struggled with the stretcher and the steep … Continue reading

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Interesting day on the Prow – Blaven Skye, fancy dress and a call – out.

I was out for another weekends training at Kintail on the West Coast with the RAF Mountain Rescue Team from RAF Leuchars in Fife. The weather was great so we planned to get a climb in Skye just over the … Continue reading

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Ardverikie Wall – 550 foot/ 150 metre Hard Severe. The South Face of Binnein Shuas.

Many will know and love this route its one of my favourites and in these days its great to be reminded of superb routes. There are a lot harder climbs on this cliff but this one is special. Ardverikie Wall … Continue reading

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May 25 th Day 17 – North – South Scotland Blackrock Cottage Glencoe – Meall a’ Bhuiridh, , Clach Leathad, Stob A’Choire Odhair, Stob Ghabhar – Bridge of Orchy Station!

It was hard to leave such a comfortable bothy as Blackrock Cottage in Glencoe and even worse as the day started with heavy rain. We walked up the deserted White Corries Ski lift a depressing place on a wet day … Continue reading

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Day 14 North – South Walk a well deserved day off in Fort William.

Day 14 May 22  A well-deserved  day off at Fort William what a relief shower in the swimming pool   and some great food in Fort William, sort the kit and dry the boots and a trip to the launderette to wash the smelly … Continue reading

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Day 13 May 21 1976 – North to South Walk – Spean Bridge – Fort William Via The Big 4 (Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis.)

The Big Four Spean Bridge – Fort William Via The Big 4 (Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis.)   We are in  Spean Bridge was where we were let down with the bothy and could not get … Continue reading

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1976 – The North To South Walk Day 11 May 19 – The big Hills of Kintail and a drop of by Sea king of boots and food.

Day 11 May 19 – The big Hills of Kintail Munro Mullach Froach choire 1102metres A’ Chraileag 1120 metres Sgurr nan Conbhairean 1109 metres Carn Ghulsaid 957 metres.  It was a great start from Altbeithe Youth Hostel and another big day … Continue reading

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1976 North – South Walk – Day 7. May 15 Heading for the Glens eventually.

It was decided that I would need a day off at Scardroy and was looked after by the keeper’s wife John and Blanche Meldrum and given drinks and lots of care. I thought for me the walk was over. I … Continue reading

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The North to South 11 May 1976 Ben More Lodge – Loch Coire Mhor Bothy.

Day 3 May 11 – Ben More Lodge – Loch Coire Mhor bothy This was the only day planned to purely road walk and it was along trail down to Oykel Bridge and then follows the forestry and estate road … Continue reading

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