Category Archives: Mountaineering

A special day on Terry’s last Corbett with a lot of old and new pals – Am Bachach Kintail.

The forecast was poor and I left early winter must be coming as I had porridge before I left. I was meeting my mate Laurry outside Inverness and going to take my van to Kintail. As always Laurry changed the … Continue reading

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River crossing – memory

These words below are from an incident in 1982 when a USAF 111 crashed on Sgur Na Stri on Skye on a wild night in December. “The first obstacle was the river but there was a very rickety bridge which … Continue reading

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Hopefully today a Corbett completion by my mate Terry Moore on Am Bathach – 798 “The Byre” ( Kintail) forecast not great.

I have not been on the hill for a while had a big tooth removed ( it took two hours to get it out) My mate Terry of over 45 years finishes his Corbett’s today in Kintail. The forecast is … Continue reading

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Lou Costello RIP

When I was posted to North Wales one of the real characters I met who was an ex troop at RAF Valley Mountain Rescue Team. Lou was one of them, we met often and had a huge Mountaineering CV. He … Continue reading

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Self Reliance ( meaning “reliance on one’s own powers and resources rather than those of others”) on the mountains a few thoughts.

It is what many of us call this is the “silly season” it’s already started in my mind. The daylight hours are now shortening and the weather changing. Mountain Rescue Teams are getting busy as the weather, daylight catch folk … Continue reading

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From Scottish Mountain Rescue.

Over recent months there has been an increase in the number of mountain incidents across Scotland, and now autumn is in full swing we’d like to remind people venturing into the hills to check your kit to ensure you are … Continue reading

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Some good comments from yesterday’s blog on Training in wild conditions.

Please note yesterday’s blog was not an ego article but an insight into the mindset of the times. The point I was trying to make was that we trained very hard to do the job we did. I got to … Continue reading

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The point of Training hard for the worst that the weather can do on the mountains.

I have written a few blogs recently about mistakes I made on the hill. The point I wanted to make was to show how little things can escalated and can turn into an epic . I spoke to Dan Carrol … Continue reading

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Early lesson – Leaving your bag below a route in winter ? I learned about Mountaineering from that.

In the mid 80’s at the “invincible stage” in my mountaineering our annual winter course was held over 2 weeks in the Cairngorms and Lochaber. This was when young team members from the 6 RAF teams came for a winter … Continue reading

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Tower Ridge Memories .

Tower ridge Ben Nevis what a magic day. My friend Rusty was up on Tower Ridge at the weekend he has climbed it many time’s and sent me photos of the Gap and the top section covered in snow . … Continue reading

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