Category Archives: Rock Climbing

Everest Classic – photo and memories of the Fox of Glencoe.

I always thought that this was an outstanding photo of Hamish McInness stretcher being used on Everest in the Western CYM. ‘The photo was taken by my pal Terry Moore in 1992 . Typically Terry understated the effort “ Twas … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s great to sit and enjoy the views ?

In these days of Strava and the internet “ I climbed that hill in 3 hrs 14 min 30’sec it’s great to sit and enjoy the views. Especially with a special companion. Càrn nan Gobhar (Loch Mullardoch) One of two … Continue reading

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Ben Loyal – 764 metres and an epic rescue after a plane crash of a Handley Page Hampden.

My first impression of Ben Loyal many years ago sometimes called the “Queen of Scotland” was so impressive. It was a Misty day and the hill emerged as the hill cleared. You can see this mountain from a long way … Continue reading

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Stac Pollaidh another great wee mountain. Poems, climbing and superb views. Mountain in miniature.

The drive up from Ullapool on the North West Coast to Stac Pollaidh is still breath-taking despite the North Coast 500. Before this you could stop and see these wonderful peaks rising above the wild moors. Nowadays the solitude can … Continue reading

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Quinag – another classic mountain with 3 Corbett’s and some incredible climbs and memories.

Those who know their mountains will understand that Quinag is a magnificent mountain. Any mountain containing 3 Corbett’s summits is incredible. The summits Spidean Coinich, Sail Gharbh & Sail Ghorm Quinag will never let you down in my opinion. In … Continue reading

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More Classic smaller mountains: Fionaven the Reay Forest North – West Sutherland.

I have promised a pal that we will climb the Corbett Fionaven she has been waiting to climb in for a while. I hope next May when I am fit enough still to climb a big mountain after my health … Continue reading

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Another wee Classic Mountain – The Cobbler 884 metres (2,900 ft).

The Cobbler is another iconic hill. Though not a Munro its a Corbett don’t let that put this hill of your hill days. I climbed it as a very young lad (about 10 years old) with my Dad and Mum. … Continue reading

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1976 was a busy year for Kinloss MRT and me.Completion of the Munro’s first round. First visit to the Alps.

This was a busy period 3 call-outs stand out. The incident in May on Abrahams Route on Sgurr Alaister was another big lower. Yet we had learned from the one the year before and this time we had helicopter assistance … Continue reading

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1975 Sept – A big lower in Skye on Sgurr MhicConnich

In the RAF Kinloss MRT wE had practiced for big stretcher lowers during our training crag day. Yet apart from a lower with Lochaber MRT in Zero gully on Ben Nevis my knowledge was pretty scant. On the Ben even … Continue reading

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The mountaineering obsession begins !

It was all action on my first two years at Kinloss Mountain Rescue from 1972 – 74 . Every weekend was spent away with the team. I visited so many places all over Scotland. I hardly went home as I … Continue reading

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