Category Archives: Rock Climbing

Alex Jock Pirrie – 10 years anniversary

My pal Pete Greening wrote this I had to republish as it was a great tribute to Alec  “Jock” Pirrie. Today marks the tenth anniversary of the passing of my great friend, Alex ‘Jock’ Pirrie. Jock was one of life’s … Continue reading

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Some Old rock climbing gear – basic ropes,simple harnesses, no helmets, and limited protection

Sadly I had done no climbing when I joined the RAF mountain Rescue and my pride and joy was when I got issued with 2 Scott karabiners, a screw gate and my Yellow belt. What was that yellow belt called? … Continue reading

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North Wales in the late 70’s. Thanks to a few friends. A grand place to be and learn.

The blog on climbing in North Wales brought back so many memories of great days in North Wales when I was posted down South as a full-time Deputy Team Leader of the RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Team, I was posted … Continue reading

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A Dream of White Horses – a classic photo of climb on Gogarth in North Wales and memories of two great pals.

Some days are special and  a few days ago I was amazed when I was offered a classic photo of two pals on an incredible rock climb on Gogarth a sea cliffs in North Wales! I loved this photo as it … Continue reading

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Snow-less January day on the Cairngorm plateau.

The forecast again was so unlike winter but a few pals wanted a wander in the Cairngorms we did not think we would go far as the rain was forecast. I drove down myself as I wanted some flexibility, the … Continue reading

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Froachaidh 879 metres “The heathery hill” and one of many tops!

​​ I was out with the Moray Mountaineering Club (MMC) staying at the superb Alec MacIntyre hut near Onich for the weekend. It is situated just off the busy A82  and I drove down late morning. The drive down was … Continue reading

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The Munros – 40 years on, a different era?

The Munros 40 years on looking back  what a great way to learn about this great country, the mountains their hidden secrets and of course it’s people. It is amazing when you look back in time to the 13 November … Continue reading

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