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A wee reminder to check each other before you climb. “Buddy buddy “ checks so important.

It’s amazing how quickly you forget things No matter how experienced you think you are. We did a few rock climbs the other day at Reiff in a cold day in the North West. I had not climbed for ages … Continue reading

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Character building – Bivying – I learnt from Bivouacking from that.

Nowadays thanks to great books like Munromoonwalker many are spending the night out on the hills. In the RAF Teams we used to have to bivouacs regularly mainly to get a trust in the gear we carried, In the early … Continue reading

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Short walk into the Cairngorms a winter wander.

It was a short wander into the Cairngorms passing a snow gritter on the way over the Lonely but beautiful Dava Moor. The road up to the Caingorm car park was icy and quiet. I parked away from the few … Continue reading

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2018 May visit to Beinn Eighe the Lancaster crash site.

  This is a piece I wrote about our trip in May to Torridon. I nearly never went as I was double booked as I was helping a group for charity the day before on Ben Nevis. It was a … Continue reading

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Yesterday we lost a great friend Joss Gosling of the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team. Joss was on the RAF Kinloss Team on the Lancaster Beinn Eighe crash in 1951.

Beinn Eighe in Torridon In our small world of RAF Mountain Rescue among the greats Joss was to me a real unassuming troop who typified a team member especially in the early days of Mountain Rescue. Things were so different … Continue reading

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November walking/ climbing in the hills.

I have just finished a series of talks for the Charity Mountain Aid about “Stepping out for Winter” I find that November can be an interesting time on the hills. Over many years I have experienced so many changes in … Continue reading

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Busy day on my local Munro Ben Wyvis . Stunning weather great views and a bit of wind.

A Busy Ben Wyvis I made the best use of yesterdays great forecast and went to my local Munro Ben Wyvis. I had been driving all week and Dianne my pal offered to drive so we left a cold Burghead … Continue reading

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