Category Archives: Ice climbing Canada

Crampons – strap on step in to the future and the Canadian influence!

How crampons have changed winter mountaineering! As the weather hits the coldest projected day this winter many will be heading out, I am off to the West for a foray its forecast – 4. If we find some roadside ice … 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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I am so glad I always took photos on the hills! What was your favourite old camera?

It is not hard to take photos nowadays the simple camera phone /digital revolution makes it so easy to take photos on the hill. I have always carried a camera and broken so many over the years but that is … Continue reading

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Heading to Bairgowerie for a talk to the Tayside MRT.

I am off on my travels to Blairgowerie to talk to the Tayside Mountain Rescue. I will visit the late Al MacLeod’s Mum my best pal who was killed on a fall on the North Face of the Materhorn it … Continue reading

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Ice screws – various! Crazy Days on Canada ice 1983!

The bairns were talking about ice screws and cannot believe what we used to use! In Scotland I rarely used them till I went to Canada in 1983 and then we could not believe how good the ice was and … Continue reading

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Canada Ice Memories – great days and basic gear?

The ice axe above on the left is the famous Hamish Mc Innes Terrordactyl known as the “Terror” by a generation of winter climbers. The other was a cut down Gully axe that climbed many famous routes. The Terror was a a … Continue reading

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