Category Archives: Gear

Running on empty. 1976 North to South of Scotland.

I have just read Kevin Woods update on his winter traverse of the Munros. The weather is wild and yet Kevin is still pushing on. He is up North and had an early start on Saturday on Conival and Ben … Continue reading

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The Old Man of Stoer – a few comments/ memories.

The Old Man Of Stoer is a classic climb on the North West Coast the Stoer peninsula North 0f Lochinver. to mountaineers and climbers it is a classic sea stack made immortal by the late Tom Patey in his wonderful … Continue reading

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What was your first Ice Axe?

I put a photo on twitter asking what was your first ice axe? I did not get an ice axe till I joined the RAF Mountain Rescue Team at Kinloss in 1972. Many made their own axes or bought ex … Continue reading

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It’s a good feeling giving “stuff away” Be aware of the Avalanche Forecast/ weather forecast and be careful in your route choice.

Yesterday I had a call asking for some information on climbing guides. It was from one of the leading lights in our Mountaineering Club. He is a top guy who is pushing his mountaineering and does a lot to help … Continue reading

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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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