Category Archives: Scottish winter climbing.

High Risks – Climbing to Extinction – Brian Hall

I found this an exceptional book. It took me back to the “ Golden Years” of Alpine and Himalayan Mountaineers.The death toll of these climbers pushing their ambitions and the complexity of their lives is an eye opener. He also … Continue reading

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Is winter here ? First winter climbs over the last few days. Am I envious !

It’s great to see that the climbers are out in the Northern Corries after the first snows of winter. To climb in these short days with not much daylight means you have to be organised. The snow ploughs have been … Continue reading

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More Classic smaller mountains: Fionaven the Reay Forest North – West Sutherland.

I have promised a pal that we will climb the Corbett Fionaven she has been waiting to climb in for a while. I hope next May when I am fit enough still to climb a big mountain after my health … Continue reading

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Remembrance Week – The Beinn Eighe Lancaster. March 1951.

IN THE MEMORY OF THE CREW OF LANCASTER TX264 Its 70 years since the crash of the Lancaster on Beinn Eighe. I was told of the story often and visited the site on many occasions. It is a situated in … Continue reading

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Helicopter Days . The early days and an interesting rescue in Wales gaining trust with the crews.

My first working with helicopters was in 1972. I got an afternoon of to go with a few of the Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team to our local mountain Ben Rinnes. We were playing with Sarbe Beacons and testing them out. … Continue reading

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1977 – The Call-outs keep coming : Liathach, Loch Avon, Ben Nevis and Ben Dorian. A winter traverse West to East of Scotland

I remember some of these incidents wee. The incident on Liathach in Torridon was when a young ATC cadet fell from the Pinnacles. He was a young ATC guest who was put with the team. Liathach was snow covered and … Continue reading

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Summary of my first three years incidents with RAF Kinloss MRT.

Above is the call outs attended by the Kinloss team in 1972. All apart from 1 we’re for missing walkers or climbers. The other was an aircraft crash near Kintail. As the reader can see they incidents were all over … Continue reading

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Sad day on Ben Nevis

It was as normal an early morning callout, a party of four had got lost on the descent of the Ben in very poor conditions on the 10th of March 1974. It was the usual 3 hour drive to Fort … Continue reading

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One Man’s Legacy – the life of Tom Patey. Soon to be Published by the Scottish Mountaineering Press should be a classic .

This book is available for pre-order with delivery to the warehouse expected at the end of November, shipping will begin as soon as it arrives. One Man’s Legacy chronicles the brief but brilliant life of Dr Tom Patey: bard, musician, and … Continue reading

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Living with joining the Team. Training and lots of learning.

I was not long back from my epic on Lancet Edge and getting back to work was hard going and very physical. I hardly told my Mum and Dad what I was doing as I did not want to worry … Continue reading

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