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The old Man of Stoer and an early ascent. What a classic day out The late Tom Patey and mates thank you!

I have plenty of time just now to look back on some classic days . The Old man of Storr was one of these just along the Coast from Lochinver. Its a sea cliff that brings back so many memories. … Continue reading

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The El Alamein bothy in the Cairngorms a great wee Cairngorm wander.

I put a photo on my Twitter account about a place a small shelter I visited often in the Cairngorms. It’s a great navigation exercise and many team members I was training in navigation had fun finding it in poor … Continue reading

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Two Star Red – the early days of hill communication.

It’s hard to imagine in the early days of Mountain Rescue the simple ways of recalling hill parties of the hill. It was by flares but there were so many parties on the hill that some never saw them due … Continue reading

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Doug Scott another legend gone .

Another great gone – Doug Scott cult hero extreme mountaineer. Yet he was a kind and caring man who did so much for Nepal and its people. population. His love of the country and after so many expeditions to the … Continue reading

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Hamish leaves the Glen for a final time.

Most folk will know I was down in Glencoe saying farewell to Hamish. The morning started with pouring rain and awful weather. I visited my sick friend then headed over to Glencoe were I met many old pals. SARDA Lochaber, … Continue reading

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Night Navigation on the Dava Moor with the Moray Mountaineering club. A few lessons re learned!

Night Navigation with the Moray Mountaineering Club. We all met on the Dava Moor just as it was getting dark in November. The Club had organised a Night navigation evening we all turned up in Separate cars as per Covid … Continue reading

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The Valley of 100 hills Sgurr Dubh – Torridon.

At the weekend we headed for Torridon the forecast looked good. There would be many others out on the hills so we plan to try to be away from the crowds. There are two Corbett’s on the South Side of … Continue reading

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I learned about winter mountaineering from this. Lancet Edge Avalanche.

The magnificent Lancet Edge a great winter scramble, it was from roughly here that we were avalanched in 1972 . This picture was taken over 30 years later! This is the story and worth retelling . This was the final … Continue reading

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The Maiden Whiten Head – Bronze Cross on summit?

Whiten Head – The Maiden Original Route, 55 m HVS. This is where sadly Tom Patey lost his life in 1970 in an accident abseiling. My friends The late Ted Atkins and Smudge Smith climbed the Stack and left a … Continue reading

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A short wander the Beinn Eighe Mountain Trail. A few thoughts.

I had a short day on the Beinn Eighe Mountain trail that starts from the car park at Loch Maree. The weather had been poor with torrential rain but we had a short 3 – 4 hour weather window so … Continue reading

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