Category Archives: Recomended books and Guides

Crazy Sorrow – The life and death of Alan Mullin a book that is hard to read but you have to finish it.

This is the story of one of Scotland’s young mountaineers Alan Mullin his short life and his dad death. To me it tells a story of a horrific childhood the effects of sectarian bigotry, a hard life in the military … Continue reading

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7 December 1982 – This is the Anniversary of the F111 USA crash on Sgurr na Stri ( Hill of Strife) Isle of Skye.

“At about 8 pm on the night of 7 December 1982 after descending to about 1000ft over Loch Scavaig, an F-111F aircraft struck the southern face of the 1620 foot peak Sgurr na Stri,  The unarmed aircraft, serial number 70-2377, … Continue reading

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Books – that mean a lot to me a few more ideas for Christmas?

Books have always meant a lot to me and my early climbing days these books especially were specail. In these days that was what I wanted for all my Birthdays and Christmas presents from a very young age.  I was always … Continue reading

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Night time walks, rescues and climbs in the summer and winter.

Night time climbs and walks. A few memories. It’s so popular now to go out at night on the mountains camp or bivy and catch the early sunrise on the summits . Over the years all over the world I … Continue reading

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1953 Avalanche Probes – Homemade ice axes and at the time new ideas.

After my wee piece on old gear I always think its worth showing what the Mountain Rescue and climbers were using years ago. Can you imagine in 1953 looking for avalanche victims with homemade gas piping made in the RAF … Continue reading

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Short wander in the Cairngorms to the crag in the mist.

Yesterday I missed the good weather by a day but wanted a wander. The Cairngorms is on my doorstep so it was a lazy start. The road was icy at the Dava Moor and it’s a wild place with a … Continue reading

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Suilven – the Famine or Destitution Walls – Beinn Dearg and The road of Destitution.

After my winter wander on Beinn Dearg I had a look at some other effects of this tragic time in Scotland’s history. On that day I followed the “Famine Wall” on to near the summit and then all the way … Continue reading

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