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The old Man of Stoer and an early ascent. What a classic day out The late Tom Patey and mates thank you!

I have plenty of time just now to look back on some classic days . The Old man of Storr was one of these just along the Coast from Lochinver. Its a sea cliff that brings back so many memories. … Continue reading

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Hill foods ideas from the comments?

Thank you all I had so many replies from the blog on Hill Food some of the favourites mentioned. In the old days we used to take a few Guinness the night before / not recommended today ? On the … Continue reading

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Old climbing banter – Crag x and the ever changing conditions?

It was interesting that when I was climbing in winter a lot how conditions could change dramatically from day to day. This was especially in the early winter when we would often try to get an early route in. I … Continue reading

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Crag Swag !

Nowadays if you lose gear on a climb or on a mountain folk are very good at putting up on social media and a lot gets returned to the owner. Many years ago in the early 70’s we used to … Continue reading

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Lockdown Thoughts : a few trips Abroad The Wall of light – Canada Weeping Wall. Bugs MacKeith and our early trip.

It was the winter of 1984 had been to the Alps on several occasions but this was my first big trip. Canada in winter then was a big proposition nowadays many do it but then it was and felt a … Continue reading

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Beinn Eighe Liathach and Beinn Alligin attempt Oct 1976 then a call to Cruachan.

I am in Torridon just now the hills are plastered with snow after a bleak morning of rain and sleet. The weather cleared in the afternoon and we had a great wander as we descended the Torridon hills cleared they … Continue reading

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1978 Boxing Day /Christmas Day Avalanche on Braeriach.

I located a photo the other day of a wild call out on the Cairngorms in the Christmas period in the Braeriach area in 1978. I was out with the RAF Kinloss Team at Tyndrum we were staying in the … Continue reading

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Early start for Ben MacDui rewarded by a stunning day.

It’s been a hard week with losing Hamish MacInnes and a few other things going on. I looked at the forecast it was good for the Cairngorms. I decided to have a very early start and head for my local … Continue reading

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Message from Highland & Island Police Division. A few thoughts on winter mountaineering.

It’s great to see so many on the hills since Covid but please be aware with the short daylight and winter the days of rushing round the Munro’s and other hills are restricted by daylight weather and your hill competence. … Continue reading

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A bit more on Specs on the hills plus a few comments.

Yesterday I wrote about my experience of over 55 years of wearing glasses on the hills. I also developed Cataracts and due to a problem in my area with getting the operation I had to go private. The change was … Continue reading

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