Category Archives: Rock Climbing

Dicing with Death Feb 1990 – A winter Ascent of the Central Buttress of Beinn Eighe

This is the second of a series of 5 articles written by my pal Andy Watkins. Andy was sadly knocked of his bike many years ago and is now confined to a wheelchair. I knew Andy well he was a … Continue reading

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Winter Adventures – A day at the races on Ben Nevis Castle Ridge, Observatory Ridge, North East Buttress and Tower Ridge.

Winter Adventures This is a from a good pal who I climbed with many years ago. It is his birthday this week I was supposed to go down South to celebrate his birthday. Due to other family commitments I could … Continue reading

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Night time walks, rescues and climbs in the summer and winter.

Night time climbs and walks. A few memories. It’s so popular now to go out at night on the mountains camp or bivy and catch the early sunrise on the summits . Over the years all over the world I … Continue reading

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1953 Avalanche Probes – Homemade ice axes and at the time new ideas.

After my wee piece on old gear I always think its worth showing what the Mountain Rescue and climbers were using years ago. Can you imagine in 1953 looking for avalanche victims with homemade gas piping made in the RAF … Continue reading

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Great climbing gear / The Moac Nut ! Wooden Wedges.

Who remembers the classic MOAC nut. I loved them I remember on a classic route Nordwand in winter on Ben Nevis retreating from a battered in Moac and abseiling off into a storm. It will still be there! Also using … Continue reading

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Great mountaineering words.

“Benighted” – a famous climber once said after an all night call – out “they were carrying enough to get “Beweeked” Bivouac – “the French for mistake” “Experienced Mountaineers” covers most people on the hills according to the Press. What … Continue reading

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In Praise of An Teallach – In memory of Sarah Hassell

Many who climb An Teallach climb the Munro’s Sgurr Fiona and Bidean a’Ghlas Thuill. they are both exceptional mountains and though a great day this to me is the appetiser they miss the main course. This mountain has 9 tops … Continue reading

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