Category Archives: Recomended books and Guides

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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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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A new book on the way from the Scottish Mountaineering Trust on Tom Patey .

From the Scottish Mountaineering Trust “Tom Patey is a Scottish climbing legend who needs no introduction. His climbing escapades, evening antics and desire for adventure combine to produce a character unlike any other in our country’s climbing history. We are … Continue reading

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The Torridon hills some memories.

The other day I was up a lovely wee hill An – Ruadh Meallean near Torridon that gave me a great view of the West side of the Torridon Munro Beinn Alligin. I have done several big call outs on … 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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A Classic Climb Greag Dubh Wall – Tremadoc North Wales.

I located a photo with great memories of my time in North Wales. I loved climbing there and we often went to Tremadoc which seemed to hold the good weather. It was also a roadside crag( no long Scottish walks … Continue reading

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Time to check your gear for winter?

The picture was taken in 1972 after I had been in the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team for a few months. I had just done my first winter. That was some introduction for a 7 stone wee lad . Every … Continue reading

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The Maidens Whiten Head Sea stacks !

Access to the Stacs is by boat the East Stack and has a tricky landing. The photo is of a good pal Smudge Smith on the Maidens se stack. Smudge was the man who loves the Sea cliffs. Photo the … Continue reading

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Wreckers Slab – from the words of babes ?

My mate Pete Greening wrote this “While on holiday in Cornwall in Aug 2013 David Whalley (Heavy) enters into the spirit of things by doing his best impression of climber/surfer/visionary/Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, during an ascent of Wrecker’s Slab” I … Continue reading

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The Beinn Eighe Lancaster crash by Doctor Brewster The Moray Mountaineering Club.

This was given to me a long time ago it was from the Moray Mountaineering Club Journal (1981) This is the story of the search for a missing Lancaster aircraft on Beinn Eighe the article was written 30 years ago … Continue reading

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