Category Archives: SMC/SMT

The Big Fall – “The Hill” Creag Dubh Sept 83

The Big Fall. We all had a weekend off for a Team wedding at Craigellachie. It was a Classic Highland wedding with lots of whisky. At this time a few of us we’re mad about climbing and had planned to … Continue reading

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Great days in Applecross.

Sword of Gideon VS 4c – Beleach Na Ba Applecross/ Cioch Nose This is a Tom Patey classic climb Sword of Gideon. It’s a mountain route at VS and is rather unusual for Scotland as it is at an altitude … Continue reading

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Interesting day on the Prow – Blaven Skye, fancy dress and a call – out.

I was out for another weekends training at Kintail on the West Coast with the RAF Mountain Rescue Team from RAF Leuchars in Fife. The weather was great so we planned to get a climb in Skye just over the … Continue reading

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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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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 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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Secrets of Ben Nevis. The Ben Nevis Bogie – In a time well before helicopters!

My friend Ray Sefton ex Team Leader RAF Kinloss and RAF Leuchars MRT sent me this information on the Bogie on Ben Nevis. These were the early days of Rescue when locals, climbers and the Police were involved. A lot … 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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Fionaven – A mountain of huge corries a long ridge.wild views and “Its climbs have a mysterious reputation.”

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

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How do we cope with the Coronavirus information. Advice on hill-walking, mountaineering, skiing and climbing.

I am asked if I am going out on the hills with the Coronavirus ongoing? I have not been on the hills since January as I have a ongoing problem with my chest. It’s getting better and I feel a … Continue reading

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