Category Archives: SAR

1989 – A lucky escape the Sea King Crash at Creag Meaghaidh.

1989 – It was a hard winter we had lots of Call outs and were just getting over from the Lockerbie Disaster. The pace never stopped as we went from call out to call out all over Scotland. I had … Continue reading

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Looking Back / First Day Cover – RAF SAR Forces. August 1988. Battle of Britain Day.

In days past this photo was taken of a First Day Cover of the RAF Search and Rescue Forces for the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in August 1988 In these days the Military SAR had Helicopters both Navy … Continue reading

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Happy Christmas / Dog Tales – Exiled in England and then the return to Scotland.

Chapter 3 In 1982 Heavy was posted to RAF Innsworth near Gloucester there was no Mountain Rescue team nearby. It was awful and when we arrived Heavy was told that no dogs were allowed on the station by the Station … Continue reading

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Early start for Ben MacDui rewarded by a stunning day.

It’s been a hard week with losing Hamish MacInnes and a few other things going on. I looked at the forecast it was good for the Cairngorms. I decided to have a very early start and head for my local … Continue reading

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Every photo tells a story. Friendships forged in the mountains.

Al died whilst soling on the the North Face of the Matterhorn a few years later. It was one of the hardest periods of my life getting him home. I have lost a good few pals in the mountains it’s … Continue reading

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Ben A Bhuird the Oxford Crash Ben Avon and other tales.

The Last Flight. Lost then Found This great mountain along with Beinn Avon is one we climbed on a lot in summer and winter, I got to know it during 1973 when we completed a winter foray in February with … Continue reading

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The Falklands – a winter climb on Harriet.

I was privileged to spend two tours in the Falklands when I was in the RAF. It is a wonderful place for wildlife and mountains. Most of the popular peaks are less than 1000 feet and were the scene of … Continue reading

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The Golden years of Military SAR.

It’s hard to believe when I found this First Day cover on a tidy up that the military had all these assets available The Nimrod, The SAR helicopters and 6 RAF Mountain Rescue Teams. Nothing stays the same and things … Continue reading

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Headed home. Snowy Ossian and the Stag at Ossian a bit of a celebrity now after an article in the Sunday Post. Be aware heavy snow and wind.

Old age does not come easy and the Hostel was a bit busy and I found out that I was not booked my mistake. More of the club were arriving via Culra and some Munro’s. The weather would be wild … Continue reading

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Thank you for those that came to the Moray Club talk on Mountain Safety in Elgin.

I had said I would do a talk to the club about Mountain Safety mainly winter skills for my Mountaineering club. It was held in the Drouthy Cobbler last night. As the winter is fading but could easy comeback we … Continue reading

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