Category Archives: SMC/SMT

Self Reliance ( meaning “reliance on one’s own powers and resources rather than those of others”) on the mountains a few thoughts.

It is what many of us call this is the “silly season” it’s already started in my mind. The daylight hours are now shortening and the weather changing. Mountain Rescue Teams are getting busy as the weather, daylight catch folk … Continue reading

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Some good comments from yesterday’s blog on Training in wild conditions.

Please note yesterday’s blog was not an ego article but an insight into the mindset of the times. The point I was trying to make was that we trained very hard to do the job we did. I got to … Continue reading

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Early lesson – Leaving your bag below a route in winter ? I learned about Mountaineering from that.

In the mid 80’s at the “invincible stage” in my mountaineering our annual winter course was held over 2 weeks in the Cairngorms and Lochaber. This was when young team members from the 6 RAF teams came for a winter … Continue reading

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A new book on the way from the Scottish Mountaineering Trust on Tom Patey .

From the Scottish Mountaineering Trust “Tom Patey is a Scottish climbing legend who needs no introduction. His climbing escapades, evening antics and desire for adventure combine to produce a character unlike any other in our country’s climbing history. We are … Continue reading

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The Beinn Eighe Lancaster crash by Doctor Brewster The Moray Mountaineering Club.

This was given to me a long time ago it was from the Moray Mountaineering Club Journal (1981) This is the story of the search for a missing Lancaster aircraft on Beinn Eighe the article was written 30 years ago … Continue reading

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Hamish MacInnes – The Fox of Glencoe. Thanks for the review Adrian.

My friend Adrian Trednal wrote this in “All things Cuillin” on Facebook. He has given me permission to use it. I personally loved the book it is a wealth of stories by a man I miss and many others dearly. … Continue reading

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Who maintains the hill paths ? Blessed are the path makers !

With the huge increase in people on the hill and the increased use on the hill – paths who maintains the hill paths we use? This is not just walkers but mountain bikers as well. I was recently in Arran … Continue reading

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Beinn Eighe – early start to make the best of the weather. First Munro’s for a while ( over a year). A visit to the Lancaster crash in Corrie Mhic Fhearchair.

“Any chance of a day out on the hill” I get these questions now and again. I have a friend who joined the RAF Leuchars Mountain Rescue Team in the 80’s as a very young lad when I was Team … Continue reading

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Great days in the Cairngorms / Talisman Clean Sweep and Savage Slit. Plus a sandwich !

It’s a clear as yesterday! We were at the disco in Aviemore with the team it was a great night as they were (early 80’s ) Al Macleod wanted a big day on the rock and I was trying to … Continue reading

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Mountaineering History The old Abseil posts on Carn Mor Dearg

Nearly 10 years ago I wrote this “The mountaineering press tells us that the Abseil posts from Carn Mor Dearg into Coire Leis have been removed. The eight abseil posts leading down from the Carn Mor Dearg arête into Coire … Continue reading

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