Category Archives: Lectures

Keswick Mountain Festival thanks to all.

Yesterday I did a Q & A ( Question & Answer session) with Cameron McNeish at the Keswick Mountain Festival. I travelled down to another world from Scotland. It was so busy and there first big event since Covid. I … Continue reading

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John Muir Day – a few thoughts.

When I was at school many years ago I was never taught about John Muir and the effect he had on the environment. Why ? I have no clue. Things are better now and John Muir is celebrated in the … Continue reading

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Apologies for having to cancel a few talks recently I am trying to get health sorted out.

This week I should have been down South doing a talk for the Mayo family and the Bowland Pennine MRT but unfortunately I have not been feeling great for a while. One of the problems was I lost my voice … Continue reading

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Inverness – a great night. Great motivation on the final film about and 82 year old to life – “No Problem a great Mantra”

Last night I went to the Banff Mountain Film Festival at Eden Court Inverness. Banff in Canada is a place I know well from my many visits in the 80’s, 90, and onwards ice climbing. What a country Canada is … Continue reading

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1972 February – Avalanche on Lancet Edge of Sgor Iutharn

From the classic Mountain Scrambles in Scotland by Andrew Dempster. “The narrow rocky ridge gains its star from the grand position it occupies in wild and remote country, rather than the quality of the actual scrambling. With a good snow … Continue reading

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Inspired by ladies ! Girl Power. A look back and forward at a few of my female icons.u

When I joined Mountain Rescue in the 70’s the Mountaineering World was life was dominated by males. I was amazed to meet Molly Porter a strong powerful leader and Mountaineer who then was the leader of the Cairngorm MRT. Coming … Continue reading

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Amazing Talk by round the World record Holder Jenny Graham last night. “The Best talk I have ever heard “

Last night I went to one of the most incredible talks I have ever heard in Elgin Town Hall Jenny Graham gave a talk on her world record breaking cycle unsupported around the world. It was an incredible night the … Continue reading

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Thank you Galloway MRT for organising the lecture in Ayr Town Hall last night.

It was a long warm 4 hour drive yesterday to my home town of Ayr to speak at a fundraiser for Galloway MRT. My grand kids were heading home to England on the same day so I am glad my … Continue reading

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Getting ready for the chat in Ayr Town Hall tomorrow Wed 17 th April at 1900.

I am preparing for my chat in Ayr tomorrow. In the town Hall. Hopefully it will go well and Galloway MRT will raise some money for the team. I was brought up in Ayr and the town means a lot … Continue reading

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Talk in Ayr Town Hall Wed 17 April at 1930 for Galloway MRT.

I have been invited to speak in Ayr Town Hall next Wednesday. I am speaking in tandem with a Galloway MRT a team this will mean a lot to me as over the years especially at Lockerbie where I worked … Continue reading

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