Category Archives: History

Early Social Distancing – Strathfarrar, An Teallach memories.

When I was at RAF Leuchars as the Mountain Rescue Team Leader I used to raid the far North of Scotland (that was RAF Kinloss MRT Area) We had many great weekend. Sadly it took a bit of convincing the … Continue reading

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First time on Tower Ridge. Sept 1972

Over 47 Years ago I first climbed Tower Ridge for the first time it was Sept 1972. I was a young lad in the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team in Morayshire I was a very young 19 year old. We … Continue reading

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Ben Nevis Secrets no 2 – THE REASON WHY THE OLD SHELTERS ON CARN DEARG AND COIRE LEIS (Ben Nevis) WERE REMOVED.

I was looking for a photo of the old shelter on Carn Dearg not the Ben Nevis summit shelter.  The shelter on Ben Nevis’ neighbouring summit, Carn Dearg, was removed in 2004 as ‘the shelter is often buried in snow … Continue reading

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Willie Mac – Local boy retires a big thanks from RAF MR and your old mates.

I met Willie Mac as a young lad from Harris who joined the RAF Leuchars MRT, he was enticed to join by Stampy a tiger in his day. He worked in Workshops and had not long joined the RAF. In … Continue reading

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The Island of Barra – Call – out 1984

Barra is the most southerly of the inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides. Long famed for its beauty – boasting beaches, hills, machair and moor all in a small island – Barra is a special place to visit, especially if … Continue reading

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Well done the Skye Sculpture Group

I wrote this two years ago about the planned Sculpture on Skye. “I love Skye after over 40 years of adventures on this magical Island . I love its history and it people and have so many incredible days on … Continue reading

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Moray Mountaineering Club Journal Vol 1 no 2. A classic.

In the old days the MMC used to produce a Annual Journal . This was an amazing read like the one I have been given. It was written after a visit by mountaineer Noel Odell to speak to Moray Mountaineering … Continue reading

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Tragedy on Ben Nevis – 19 Dec 1954 – 65 year ago.

On the 19 Dec 1954 over 65 years ago Eleven Royal Naval personnel from Royal Naval Air Station Fulmar (Lossiemouth) left to climb Ben Nevis  via Coire Leis. They had stayed overnight and left the CIC hut where they were … 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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The Snowdon Charity Bike Race over the horseshoe including Crib Goch. Memories.

Snowdon Bike Race over the horseshoe including Crib Goch. Memories and history. When I arrived in North Wales in 1978/79 as full time Mountain Rescue Deputy Team Leader of the Valley Team the Annual Snowdon Charity Bike Race was in … Continue reading

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