Category Archives: Health

High Risks – Climbing to Extinction – Brian Hall

I found this an exceptional book. It took me back to the “ Golden Years” of Alpine and Himalayan Mountaineers.The death toll of these climbers pushing their ambitions and the complexity of their lives is an eye opener. He also … Continue reading

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A wee wander on Ben Rinnes. Slowly, slowly. “Blessed are the path makers “

Ben Rinnes ; 841 m (2,759 ft) · 512 m (1,680 ft) · Corbett, Marilyn. Elevation: 841 m (2,759 ft) Parent range: Grampian Mountains I went to visit my old friend Wendy who is in a home in Elgin. She is a … Continue reading

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There is so much love and kindness about. The world is not full of selfish uncaring people.

I have been falling apart recently a hard life in the mountains takes it’s toll. Yet I would not change a minute of my life. The latest was a cyst removed from my head in Aberdeen’s ARI. Dan Carrol took … Continue reading

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1976 – Things move on: Becoming a Party leader and planning a Big Walk – North to South Scotland.

I had been back in the team for a year now was fully trained and hoping for my party leader. This had been a long journey for me it took me for what seemed years to prove myself. I had … Continue reading

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Hard times in the early years. Aircraft crash at Dornie and learning the hard way. Dealing with Trauma in the early days.

After the call out on Ben Nevis I was put on shift for the whole weekend and no break at all. Then ten days later the team was called out to an aircraft crash near Dornie at Kintail. This is … Continue reading

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Getting the kids outdoors.

How different a world is it now from when I was a kid. I was so lucky being brought up to love the hills in Arran, Galloway and beyond. We had no gear, no money but I was enthralled of … Continue reading

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A great night with the Grampian Club in Dundee.

Last night I managed to fulfil a commitment to speak at there first Club dinner since COVID. I was very worried as my voice is struggling due to a problem with my voice box. I was looking after my grandkid’s … Continue reading

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Winter Tips/ learning 2022. “Caught out in the fading light“ a slip that could have been a lot more serious on a short walk in the Cairngorms.

This will be a series of blogs on some of my adventures/ mistakes made in the mountains. Sadly no hills for a while due to Health problems and awaiting various results. Many will be glad to hear I lose my … Continue reading

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A last walk with Tom MacDonald RIP.

I had a kind day yesterday as I was helping my old pals sister with his ashes. She had decided to leave them amongst the hills crags and flowers he loved. Tom MAcDonald had joined the RAF Kinloss MRT with … Continue reading

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Route of the North To South Walk 1976.

This walk was unsupported we carried everything we needed and used food dumps preplaced. 1976 North – South Scotland Walk 1. Ben Hope the most Northerly Mountain in Scotland – Corbett Ben Hee – Merkland Lodge 2. Conival and Ben … Continue reading

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