Category Archives: Gear

Dog Tales – Part 6 – A team leaders Dog, Call outs, Avalanches, big hill days and fun.

Introduction – I was very lucky to have spent all of my life on the hills, mountains and wild places. My mother was Dreish another Mountain Dog she told me when I was very young that if I was lucky … Continue reading

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Honest Climbers – great finds on the hills and Corries. “Crag Swag” etc.

In the old days when it was in Black and white we used to scavenge for gear at the end of the winter season. Equipment was expensive we were “poor”and often we would find some great gear below the busy … Continue reading

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Chasing the early routes. Often ending in taking the gear for a walk.

Looking back at early winter! I remember when I climbed a lot trying to get the first winter route in. We were pretty competitive at the time there were a few of us in the team Usually when the first … Continue reading

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A short day on the Cromdales. The Moray Mountaineering Club Christmas Bus meet and Dinner. A song for these hills.

I first skied ( badly) on these hill in the 70’s on a day we could not get to the winter Corries in the Cairngorms due to the snow blocking the ski road. As we were staying in Grantown for … Continue reading

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Staying Alive – Andy Kirkpatrick Podcast.

Many will have heard of Andy Kirkpatrick he is some man but in his latest podcast he takes no prisoners its called “Staying Alive” If there is a man who should know about this its Andy. In the podcast its … Continue reading

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Some ideas for stocking fillers for lovers of the outdoors.

As always a few ideas for the Christmas stocking fillers. A Bothy bag / a great bit of kit its magic of you ever need it in an emergency or to get out of the weather. They all are lightweight … Continue reading

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Winter Adventures – A day at the races on Ben Nevis Castle Ridge, Observatory Ridge, North East Buttress and Tower Ridge.

Winter Adventures This is a from a good pal who I climbed with many years ago. It is his birthday this week I was supposed to go down South to celebrate his birthday. Due to other family commitments I could … Continue reading

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