Category Archives: PTSD

Mental Awareness Week.

In my early days on Mountain Rescue there was little awareness of the effect on mental health. It was a taboo subject which I hope I fought to raise the profile. It was hard going in the 80’s and I … Continue reading

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The Shackleton Crash on 30 April 1990 – The Isle of Harris.

The RAF Mountain Rescue was formed during the Second World War to rescue aircrew from crashed aircraft in the mountains of the UK. To this day the 3 RAF Teams that still survive are still called to carry out some … Continue reading

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Some thoughts after the Blog on the Jaguar Crash at St Abbs Head. The Hillsborough Tragedy a sad day.

I had sadly forgot that when this Call out was on going the Hillborough Tragedy occurred on the 15 April 1989 when 96 fans were killed watching a football match. My head must have been so full at the time … Continue reading

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A sad few day in the Cairngorms – The loss of a good friend. The great blizzard of 1984.

I often wandered into the Northern Corries with many friends who wanted an insight into mountaineering. Its a stunning place as the road pre – COVID would a low level a short walk into the coires and the plateau. Its … Continue reading

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This is the anniversary of my Mother’s passing.

It’s been a difficult period just now for many. This is the month when my Mum passed away many years ago. What would my Mum be thinking of today as we are in the midst of this virus? She would … Continue reading

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Visit to the Shackleton crash site 30 years after the tragedy.

Yesterday I visited the crash site at Maodal 30 years after the accident. It was a lovely day the sun was out and it’s only about an hours walk up from the wee car park below the hill. It was … Continue reading

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29 April 1990 The Shackelton aircraft crash on the Isle of Harris.

The Shackelton Crash Harris AEW MK2 WR965. 30thApril 1990 Grid reference NF 996914 I am in Harris just now having an incredible trip. I have been so lucky to walk and climb here over the years. It like all Islands … Continue reading

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The Ben Lui Jaguar crash 1979 and the Shackleton on Harris 1990 lessons learned.

The RAF Mountain Rescue Team and the other RAF teams are there to recover aircrew from crashed aircraft and also work with the Air Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) after an incident at times this can be on steep and difficult … Continue reading

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1972 – First time on Tower Ridge Ben Nevis .

I had written this a few years ago and it was tidied up by a pal for the RAF MRT newsletter, its worth a look? Forty- eight years ago, I climbed Tower Ridge for the first time. It was September … Continue reading

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A podcast, for mental health some thinking time and a head clearing cycle later along the coast.

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” ― Leonard Cohen Today I was asked to do a podcast for Basic Scotland. https://basics-scotland.org.ukWeb result with site linksBASICS Scotland BASICS Scotland (British Association of Immediate Care) is … Continue reading

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