Category Archives: People

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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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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Past memories of the Lockerbie Tragedy thanks to these two great troops in 2018. Cycle to Syracuse!

It is amazing when photos turn up due to modern media . This one is very special. It was taken on my way to Edinburgh on a wild day cycling through a storm from Lockerbie. It was a hard day … 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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New easy Routes – “sporting lines” in winter Slip, sliding away!

I was looking at a few old photos. It’s great as the memories come back especially when you went a new way up a mountain. Often you did not know what to expect but often the route gave you a … Continue reading

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Windy walk at times on An Ruadh – Mheallan the Little Red Hill ( A Graham near Beinn Alligin

The plan was to climb Beinn Alligin at Torridon but the winds were forecast pretty high. So we opted for a pathless Graham opposite the big Munro . From it you can see a another side of the Munro Beinn … Continue reading

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Poetry on the hills – How I missed out for so long .

Norman MacCaig. This is part of his work that made me read lots of his poetry. I love the poetry of the mountains and wild places and coming from Ayr the land of Robbie Burns it makes me sorry I … Continue reading

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Another great Doctor Tom Stuart of Braemar MRT passes away.

Thank you to Braemar MRT for passing on this sad news. It was with great sadness that we heard of the death of Tom Stewart earlier this month. Many will remember Dr Tom Stewart who was our team doctor for … Continue reading

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All well in Crianlarich – visiting Aunty Elma a lady who always looks after RAF MRT.

On my way back from the deep South from a good trip with old pals I drove to see Aunty Elma at Crianlarich. My old mountaineering mates tell me I need to post cheery posts. Elma has looked after many … Continue reading

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