Category Archives: medical

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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Early Callouts in 1972 – The harsh reality of Mountain Rescues.

At this time the call outs were fairly simple including a search for missing boy near Kinloss at Randolph’s Leap a popular walk near a steep gorge. We found him safe and well after a night search. The other was … Continue reading

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Heat stroke exhaustion !

Over the years I was very lucky to learn about walking in the heat during my time in Desert Rescue in Masirah in the Persian Gulf. Nothing can compare with the Temperatures out there they are incredible and it took … Continue reading

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An Teallach memories. Recent and Past.

An Teallach – to see it’s jagged profile in the distance makes any mountaineer want to reach its summits. This to me is best seen from “Destitution Road” the A832 which has a sad history built during a time of … Continue reading

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Getting old in the mountains a few tips? The secret is do not give up.

I was on a wee hill yesterday when a pal said at time’s I get sad that I may not be able to get big days on the hills anymore. As you get older the body does show signs and … Continue reading

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Heatstroke on Beinn Fhionnlaidh.

One of the re motest Munro’s is Beinn Fhionnlaidh above Loch Mullardoch. From “Walk Highlands” Beinn Fhionnlaidh which overlooks Loch Mullardoch, is at the N end of a crescent shaped ridge of mountains enclosing Gleann a’ Choilich. There are no … Continue reading

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More advice on keeping cool, Thanks Mountaineering Scotland

Looks like we may be plagued by all this heat and sunshine nonsense right through to the weekend, so enjoy it, but keep well hydrated and don’t overdo things. Heat exhaustion is a thing – and in the Scottish mountains … Continue reading

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The Stress bottle – before counselling?

Most years sadly we assisted many Mountain Rescue Teams with taking fatal casualties of the mountains. I do know it effected me over the years. Yet in these days it was just get on with it. At time’s despite your … Continue reading

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This is the anniversary of my Mother’s passing.

It’s been a difficult period just now for many. This is the month when my Mum passed away many years ago. What would my Mum be thinking of today as we are in the midst of this virus? She would … Continue reading

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A podcast, for mental health.

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” ― Leonard Cohen A few years ago I was asked to do a podcast for Basic Scotland. https://basics-scotland.org.ukWeb result with site linksBASICS Scotland BASICS Scotland (British Association of … Continue reading

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