Category Archives: Well being

Missing person Harvey Christian – Ben Nevis

From Lochaber MRT The last two days have seen the team search for the missing person Harvey Christian who failed to return from Ben Nevis on Friday 27th January. With extremely challenging weather conditions which did not allow helicopter assistance. … Continue reading

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My hearts in the Highlands.

I went to a wonderful Burns night. There were song, poems and music. We were met by a piper at the door which led to the atmosphere. I was born in Ayr which is Burn’s country. Sadly my voice does … Continue reading

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Pete McGowan – another character of the hills. RAF Mountain Rescue, Mount Kenya and Dhaulagiri 1V.

Pete McGowan was an ex RAF MRT team leader. Pete was an amazing guy and he sorted out the “RAF Kinloss Team ” in the mid 70’s. What a leader and some task master, he was known throughout Mountain Rescue … Continue reading

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John Hinde another great character.

I was very fortunate to meet so many great mentors in RAF Mountain Rescue. John Hinde was one who helped me a lot and gave me so much of the history of the Mountain Rescue Service. John was a superb … Continue reading

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The Nest of Fannaich – lost Bothies.

The Nest of Fannichs : One of two houses that stood at the head of Loch Fannaich. Cabuie Lodge was demolished, it was feared that it would be flooded when the Hydro enlarged the loch. The Nest was lost to … Continue reading

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Hamish -The Log cabin wee bothy in the North West. Furniture removal thanks to the RAF helicopters.

Hamish during and before COVID used to send me little stories of past days to me me most are in that wonderful book above. I know how much he enjoyed talking about these days. His memory had recovered and he … Continue reading

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Glen Nevis a place of many memories

Yesterday I did a wee bit of filming with Dave and Claire McLeod. The weather held for us and we got a few shots and a wee video done.The drive down was okay apart from Inverness which seems to have … Continue reading

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Be careful – lots of snow about. Be Avalanche aware.

It’s great to read of folk climbing enjoying the winter. There is lots of snow falling over the next few days. Please be careful and read the weather and Avalanche Reports. Things have moved on over the years the weather … Continue reading

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A great read “ The Bond” by Simon McCartney.

My pal Terry Moore had chased me to read this book, I was not disappointed what a read. The book was written years after two stunning ascents in Alaska. The climbs at time were so legendary that some believed they … Continue reading

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Looking into the future? The Well being of past and present members of Mountain Rescue, SARDA and other Agencies.

The role of many voluntary agencies has changed over the years. In my field in the early 70’s the majority of incidents were for mountaineers in trouble on the hills and wild places. I saw things change over the years … Continue reading

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