Category Archives: SMC/SMT

Sea Stacks – A few tales: The old man of Stoer. An early ascent in 1968 and a ascent of a foam covered Stack!

Well done Bridget from Skye ( All things Culluin) for climbing the Old Man of Storr a sea stack near Lochinver. A great day out for you and Adrian and what a way to experience a birthday. It got me … Continue reading

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Archives of Mountaineering incidents.

I am regularly asked to find information on past incidents. Sadly few teams have a complete record of all the incidents they attended. Over my years in the RAF I took it on to collate all the incidents RAF Kinloss … Continue reading

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Books – The Fox of Glencoe – from the Scottish Mountain Press.voted outdoor book of the year in 2021 TGO awards.

SMT – “It was fantastic to begin the New Year with the news that MacInnes: The Fox of Glencoe had been voted ‘Outdoor book of the year’ in the 2021 TGO reader awards. Winning the gold accolade in this category … Continue reading

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Classic ridges / The South Clunnie Kintail including the Saddle and Sgurr Na Sgine.

One of the most enjoyable days summer and winter is the South Clunnie at Kintail. It’s a great day and after you leave your car and are on the ridge the walking is superb. It was always a classic day … Continue reading

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Early days attempts on Point 5 Ben Nevis – A great line from the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal May 1959.

Point 5 Ben Nevis. Continue reading

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A chat with John Burns author of Bothy Tales, the Last Hillwalker and Sky Dance.

I did a podcast yesterday with the author John Burns see link above . Comments welcome. Johns books are well worth a read see below. Bothy Tales Bothy Tales is the perfect companion for The Last Hillwalker. In this collection … Continue reading

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Munro Dog completers Canine Completers – Anne Butler – “the Munro Guru”. The Munro Society.

Canine Completers In the 120 years since Rev. A.E Robertson became the first person to complete a round of Munros, over 7000 people have registered their completions on the Scottish Mountaineering Club’s official list of Munroists. However, not all completers … Continue reading

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The RAF Winter Course a bit of background – Winter Training.

I just saw the RAF Mountain Rescue annual winter course is now on. Its been going for over 70 years and gets the 3 RAF teams together for winter skills. In my era it was over 2 weeks split between … Continue reading

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Canada Ice – wooden axes, crampons, basic ice screws and Big B–ls – in memory of Tom MacDonald, Mark Sinclair and Guy Lacelle.

I have so many wonderful memories of Canada and the Rockies from my early trip in 1983 when few from the UKwere aware of this Mecca of ice. At that time there were under 100 ice climbs there. My great … Continue reading

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Glovers Chimney – Ben Nevis.

Classic Scottish winter climbing – Glovers Chimney Ben Nevis photo Mark Hartree First ascent winter 1935 by G.C McPhee and party. My first introduction to this classic route was on my first ascent of Tower Ridge in the early 70’s … Continue reading

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