Category Archives: mountain safety

A great night with the Grampian Club in Dundee.

Last night I managed to fulfil a commitment to speak at there first Club dinner since COVID. I was very worried as my voice is struggling due to a problem with my voice box. I was looking after my grandkid’s … Continue reading

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Winter Tips/ learning 2022. “Caught out in the fading light“ a slip that could have been a lot more serious on a short walk in the Cairngorms.

This will be a series of blogs on some of my adventures/ mistakes made in the mountains. Sadly no hills for a while due to Health problems and awaiting various results. Many will be glad to hear I lose my … Continue reading

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Last night “Towards The Ogre” book launch Clive Rowland and “The Bandstand Blether Session” in Nairn.

We had a great night at Clive’s book launch and sold out his book on the night. I was asked to Speak through Cameron McNeishes forward at the launch. Clive was busy signing his book and the poor soul never … Continue reading

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The Chasm Glencoe

In my early days of climbing we climbed a few gullies in summer. It was a different experience I had done a few Classics like Great Gully in Wales, Clachaig and after that a trip along the Aonach Eag after … Continue reading

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“Towards The Ogre” book launch – Clive Rowland at the Bandstand Nairn starts at 7 pm 1 Sept.

Tonight I will be helping a great pal Clive Rowland in his book launch at the Nairn Book Festival. I have the honour to do a short introduction for Clive. I have been so lucky to know Clive for many … Continue reading

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Interesting belays? Always back them up!

This belay was on Wreckers Slab (description below) There was a few original pegs from the first ascent which I clipped for the photo of course it was backed up. Description One of the longest, most alluring and serious VS … Continue reading

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Liathach by-pass path ? A past Rescue on Liathach.

I have climbed this Jewel of Torridon often but sadly not recently. I have had so many adventures winter climbing and introducing young Mountain Rescue Troops to this mountaineers , mountain. It has two Munro’s and 4 Munro tops. To … Continue reading

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Memories of Tom Mac Mountain man and botanist!

A few years ago Tom MacDonald invited me on a botanising trip from Rannoch to Ben Alder. The estate wanted a check on the plants high up in the remote Corries of Garbh Choire Mor and Beag on Ben Alder. … Continue reading

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Squareface – Garbh Coire , Beinn a Bhuird Cairngorms. “A secluded Jewel typical of Patey’s discoveries. “ Martin Burrows Smith” Classic Rock.

I met a pal yesterday who was just back from climbing Squareface in the remote Cairngorms. It was lovely for Rachael to tell me of what a great day she had with her husband. I love hearing folk talk about … Continue reading

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Simple tip – Carry a whistle in the wild places.

In these days of high tech gear one of the best is the whistle. It’s cheap and light and may save your life. In many years of mountain rescue we located many casualties by their whistles. When I climbed a … Continue reading

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