Category Archives: Mountain rescue

The Ben Lui Jaguar crash 27 November 1979

The RAF Mountain Rescue are there to recover aircrew from crashed aircraft and also work with the Air Investigation Board (AIB) after van incident. This can happen on any high mountainous ground after an aircraft is located can be on … Continue reading

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Viscount aircraft crash Ben More Crianlarich 19 Jan 1973

One of my first aircraft searches was for a Missing Viscount aircraft from Glasgow airport that crashed on Ben More (Crainlarich) in the winter 19 -23 January 1973. The aircraft was on a short air test from Glasgow. The two … Continue reading

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The old Man of Stoer and an early ascent. What a classic day out The late Tom Patey and mates thank you!

I have plenty of time just now to look back on some classic days . The Old man of Storr was one of these just along the Coast from Lochinver. Its a sea cliff that brings back so many memories. … Continue reading

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What’s your classic photo? Mid 50’s – Johnnie Lees and John Hinde rock climbing.

The photo above is of two incredible men. John Hinde and Johnnie Lees both in RAF Mountain Rescue. Johnie Lees was a legend who I finally met in 2001 we had a great chat and I will never forget it … Continue reading

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Hill foods ideas from the comments?

Thank you all I had so many replies from the blog on Hill Food some of the favourites mentioned. In the old days we used to take a few Guinness the night before / not recommended today ? On the … Continue reading

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Unsung unassuming Heroes within RAF Mountain Rescue.

In the military its usually the Leaders that get rewarded as that is how the establishment see it. I always thought that any recognition should be to the whole team. One of these is my old mate Joss Gosling one … Continue reading

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Old climbing banter – Crag x and the ever changing conditions?

It was interesting that when I was climbing in winter a lot how conditions could change dramatically from day to day. This was especially in the early winter when we would often try to get an early route in. I … Continue reading

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Crag Swag !

Nowadays if you lose gear on a climb or on a mountain folk are very good at putting up on social media and a lot gets returned to the owner. Many years ago in the early 70’s we used to … Continue reading

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The El Alamein bothy in the Cairngorms a great wee Cairngorm wander.

I put a photo on my Twitter account about a place a small shelter I visited often in the Cairngorms. It’s a great navigation exercise and many team members I was training in navigation had fun finding it in poor … Continue reading

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Missing the hills ! It could be a lot worse never forget that.

Many of us are missing the mountains and wild places and I wonder if should continue posting old photos on the blog? I will as it brings back so many great memories of past days. As I am getting older … Continue reading

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