Category Archives: Scottish winter climbing.

First time on Tower Ridge. Sept 1972

Over 47 Years ago I first climbed Tower Ridge for the first time it was Sept 1972. I was a young lad in the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team in Morayshire I was a very young 19 year old. We … Continue reading

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The Sneer – Memory lane Hells Lum Crag. A wet day out.

My wee blog about Hells Lum Crag brought this response from an old pal Peter White or “Chalkie” as we knew him. Chalkie had settled in Glencoe and was now one of Hamish’s boys in the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team. … Continue reading

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Hot rock Clean Sweep Hells Lum Crag.

It’s baking hot and I was on my local beach on my bike I was reminded of some great days in the sun. My thoughts went to a classic Climb in the Cairngorms. Clean Sweep is the climb on Hells … Continue reading

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1976 Day 19. May 27 – Succouth Lodge Beinn a’Chleibh (916m, Munro 280) Ben Lui (1130m, Munro 27) Ben Oss (1029m, Munro 101) Beinn Dubhchraig (978m, Munro 175)

Succouth Lodge is set in among the trees and a fantastic location and a different way to approach these Four Munros. My father had climbed these Munros in 1938 and loved them and when I first climbed them in 1972 … Continue reading

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Day 13 May 21 1976 – North to South Walk – Spean Bridge – Fort William Via The Big 4 (Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis.)

The Big Four Spean Bridge – Fort William Via The Big 4 (Aonach Mor, Aonach Beag, Carn Mor Dearg and Ben Nevis.)   We are in  Spean Bridge was where we were let down with the bothy and could not get … Continue reading

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1976 – Day 9 -17 May Mullardoch Munros , a burnt boot and then a dropped boot,

Strathfarra –   Broullin Lodge bothy  –  Carn nan Gobhar (993m, Munro 151)Sgurr na Lapaich (1150m, Munro 24)  Mullardoch House Glen Cannich. I was feeling a lot stronger still not 100% and we had a good night in the bothy. Paul had somehow … Continue reading

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1976 – North to South Walk Day 5 The Fannichs and a night in the Nest of Fannichs.

The route – Loch Droma bothy – Beinn Liathach Mhor Fannaich, Sgurr Mor ,Meall Gorm, An Coileanchan, Meall Gorm, Meall A’ Chrasgaidh, Sgurr Na Chlach Geala, Sgurr nan Each – The bothy the Nest of Fannichs. This is the story … Continue reading

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1976 – Day 4 May 12 – Seana Bhraigh, Eididh nan Clach Geala, Meal nan Ceapraichean, Cona Mheal and Beinn Dearg.

The night was spent in the bothy at Loch Coire Mhor below the great cliffs of Seana Bhraigh a wild place. This was day 4 of a walk from the North of Scotland from Ben Hope to Ben Lomond in … Continue reading

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Ben Nevis Secrets no 2 – THE REASON WHY THE OLD SHELTERS ON CARN DEARG AND COIRE LEIS (Ben Nevis) WERE REMOVED.

I was looking for a photo of the old shelter on Carn Dearg not the Ben Nevis summit shelter.  The shelter on Ben Nevis’ neighbouring summit, Carn Dearg, was removed in 2004 as ‘the shelter is often buried in snow … Continue reading

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Sad News Joe Brown has passed away.

There is much in the media about the passing of Joe Brown. Joe was an incredible mountaineer. adventurer,fisherman and man of many talents. I was lucky to meet him on several occasions. When I was in Wales at RAF Valley … Continue reading

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