Category Archives: Ice climbing Canada

As we wait for winter: A land of blue skies, pillars of ice, no crowds Canada Ice early days – 1983.

1983 Canada Ice – The dream ice climbing venue. Koflachs boots and basic ice screws. As we wait for winter my mind goes back to some great winter days and a special trip to Canada.  A land of blue skies  … Continue reading

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Guy Lacelle 1954 – 2009

I was looking at some old diaries and Guy name came up. I am trying to get a photo of him with us. We had decided to go to Canada it was the idea of Tom Mac Donald and Mark … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Talk to Carnethy hill running club. Extreme hill running and superb talk by Greg Boswell on a Bear attack in Canada.

I had an interesting drive to Edinburgh via Darvel and the volcanic plug known as Loudoun Hill.it was snowing and the Main Glasgow Road was struggling with heavy snow so it was cross-country to Edinburgh. It rained most of the … Continue reading

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Travel to Ayr then for talk in Edinburgh tonight in the Students Union Kings Buildings At 1900 all welcome! Low level ice climbs still there?

It was a dreich drive down the A9 yesterday there was the start of a thaw at low level. The roads were clear and just a bit of water on them. The hills were looking good still plastered with snow … Continue reading

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Great Night at Lochaber the Fort William Mountain Festival / a night in the footsteps of giants !

Yesterday I was asked to speak at the Fort William Film Festival a true honour and present Lochaber MRT with an an award for 50 years of Service! I had a busy day visiting some great folk and missed out … Continue reading

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Ice axes – The MacInnes Peck/ Terror and the Classic Chouinard Zero axe and hammer.

This was my first ice axe actually it’s a North Wall hammer made by Hamish MacInnes for the military as I said in the last blog and was a beast, heavy and indestructible.. At least Hamish made his money out … Continue reading

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Ideas for Christmas presents and stocking fillers for hill lovers ?

Some ideas for that lover of the mountains in your life? The phrase “All the gear no idea” is even worse after Chritsmas.  The new ice axe and crampons are great and easy to purchase but gaining the skills to … Continue reading

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