Category Archives: History

Thanks all for a good night at Dumbarton for the Mountain Aid Talk – tonight talk at Kilmarnock at the Caprington Golf Club.

I left Moray in poor weather yesterday it was sleeting as I was heading for Dumbarton about 200 miles away for a Mountain Talk I am doing for the Charity Mountain Aid. It is a serious of talks for the … Continue reading

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RAF Kinloss MRT Incidents 1965 – 1969 “The Golden Years of SAR”

    As mentioned in the previous blog these were ever changing times huge advances in ability in climbing due to improvements in gear and this also included Mountain Rescue equipment. The Fox of Glencoe ” Hamish MacInnes had developed … Continue reading

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The art of getting old – ungracefully!

  Yesterday I applied for my OAP ( yes I am that old now) yes you have to apply for it that was news to me. It was pretty easy in the end and the results soon should be a … Continue reading

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A short morning on Sgurr Na Bannachdaich the Isle of Skye 965 metres! 

According to many sources guide books “Sgurr Na Bannadich Munro 190 is one of the easiest Munros on Skye and a fine viewpoint ” it is the most westerly of all the Munros! It is usually done with several others … Continue reading

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50 years service by Killin Mountain Rescue Team a celebration.

This Saturday I will be with my great pals Killin Mountain Rescue Team on a party at the MaClaren Hall Killin to celebrate the 50 th Anniversary.  I have been invited to speak to the team family friends and supporters … Continue reading

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A tragic day on Ben Nevis December 1954 – Interesting historical bits and pieces of RAF Mountain Rescue History.

The RAF Rescue Handbook – After the Lancaster Crash on Beinn Eighe Torridon in 1951 was a huge event and as it happened in full winter huge lessons were learned by the RAF Teams .The RAF teams which were still … Continue reading

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The Skyline of Skye – some great hill songs what is yours?  

I have great memories of the mountains and in my early days with the RAF Teams we would sing in the pub after a hill day. That is what folks did in the 70’s seemingly. We all had to learn … Continue reading

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