That old Question “Is it worth recording that you have completed your Munro’s ?”

When I completed in 1976 I completed along with a mate Tom MacDonald on the same day on separate mountains. I was pretty pleased with myself as in these days It had become a consuming passion and I was lucky to be able to go out most weekend to a different area with the RAF Mountain Rescue Team. In these days I could not drive and many hills were hitched to on our weekend off. The late John Hinde and Ben Humble put in our completion with the SMC as at that time in the RAF Kinloss Team as few had previously completed. There were few guide books then and a very basic Munro book. In the Briefing room we had a Munros Board even then.

Most of the information was in the SMC District Guides or from others. Few of the hills have paths and often you rarely met folk on the hill. It was a different era.

“Dear Heavy

On behalf of all the members of RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team may I congratulate you on a really fine achievement in ascending An Socach 3097 feet in Braemar on 13 November 1976.  You completed a unique double with Tom Mc Donald to join a small band of climbers who have ascended all the 280 “Munro Mountains” in Scotland.

Many thanks for your hard work with the team, for you can be rightly and justifiably proud of your efforts. Well done and best wishes for many happy and enjoyable days in the mountains.” Pete McGowan.

Munro write up.

This is a great discussion point to me I would be interested to hear your views on whether you should Register with the Scottish Mountaineering Club Clerk of the lists or not?

The SMC hold a record of Munros, Corbetts, Grahams and Donalds compleators. Notification of compleation and any amendments to the List should be sent by email to the Clerk of the Munro list – munroclerk@smc.org.uk or in writing to the Clerk of the Munro List

Last Munro Ladhar Bheinn

Alison Coull
258/1 Ferry Road
EDINBURGH
EH5 3AN

The Clerk of the List, likes to know how long you have taken, your first and last hills, your age, plans for the future, where you are from and any other details which may be of interest. You letter will be added to the SMC archive in the National Library of Scotland. The information in your letter may also be included in the summary of munro achievements in the SMC’s journal which is published annually.

Enclose an SAE to ensure a reply notifying your number and details of how to purchase a specially designed Munroist tie or brooch. If you request a certificate the SAE should be A4 size with correct postage (A4 is Large Letter size)

The Clerk aims to respond within two weeks of receipt but there may be a longer delay at busier times of the year for registration or if the Clerk is on holiday. If you have not heard after a month you may wish to contact the Clerk again in case your notification has not been received. 

Another Completion . Sgurr Na Ciche.

If you have completed your Munro’s the Munro Society does a lot of good.

Founded in 2002 membership is open to anyone who has climbed all the Munro summits as listed in Munro’s Tables at the time of compleation – currently there are 282 mountains of Munro status with a height of 3000ft or more above sea level. Many such Munroists, who are often said to have ‘compleated’*, register their detail with the Clerk of the List. This official list is maintained by the Clerk on behalf of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and now exceeds 6,000 names. However, some of ‘compleaters’ do not register their details for a variety of reasons.

The Munro Society welcomes all Munroists who have compleated whether or not they have registered with the Clerk of the List.

The Society exists to bring together the wealth of mountain experience that members have accumulated and thus provide a forum in which to share interests and concerns as well as creating opportunities for convivial gatherings.They do a lot for Mountaineering and they give a lot back to the mountains which give us so much.

The Munro Society.

Some books that made the Munro journey a joy for me. These books and many others are a wonderful insight into this magical journey.

In 1985 mountain guide the late Martin Moran achieved the first completion of all 277 Munros* in a single winter with the support and companionship of his wife Joy. Their success was a feat of dedicated mountaineering and effective teamwork through the storms, snows and avalanches of an epic winter season in the Scottish Highlands. Martin s account of the winter journey became a classic mountain narrative, combining his passionate enthusiasm for the mountains with humorous insights into a marriage put to the test through three months of living in a camper van. It was described as the best guidebook to the Munros by mountain writer Jim Perrin. The book inspired many other climbers and runners to pick up the gauntlet in pursuit of new feats of endurance on Scotland s hills, and is now reissued with full colour photographs plus an introductory update by the author on how the Munros in Winter changed his life.

Hamish Brown was the first walker and climber to complete the Munros in a single round. By his own rules he did it self-powered except where ferries were required and with the aid of his trusty fold away bike. The year was 1974, and the roads of Scotland carried only a fraction of the traffic they do today, windmill farms were unheard of, crafting was more vibrant than it is today, and a strong Scottish mountaineering tradition was already established. Four years later Hamish s Mountain Walk appeared and was an immediate success, inspiring not only climbers but also readers fascinated by the history, geology, plant life and lore of one of Europe s most remote and unspoiled regions. Many walkers and authors would follow in Hamish Brown s boot prints, but none could bring the freshness and few could touch the depth of knowledge and experience. Now the book returns, re-imagined in modern fonts, with a new introduction and appendix and with two brilliant full colour plate sections provided by the author from his photography over four decades. This new volume is destined to further inspire and guide new generations of hill walkers about the Scottish hills in this new era.

Some terms on those who chase mutiple rounds.

Munro golfer is one that walks “pure” rounds. They walk every round from start to finish, one Munro after another.

Munro banker walks multiple rounds at once. So while walking round number one they also bag Munros for their next round or even their third round.

These terms, of course, only apply to people who are waking more than one round of Munros, but these Munroists are increasing in number.

Many when I started Munro Bagging were so against the Munros most I felt were a bit narrow minded, the Munros etc in my view give you a great understanding of this land we all love. We are all different many enjoy like me many aspects of mountaineering but I still get great joy attending a final summit of any round.

Footnote – On Oct 1 st Steve Fallon Mountain Guide completed his 16 th round of the Munros well done Steve! https://www.stevenfallon.co.uk

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Do you love Skye ? Skye Statue – can you help?

I have a great love of Climbing and walking for over 50 years in Skye and think that a Statue to two of the pioneers of Mountaineering on the Island would be a great idea. If you can help please donate and let’s get the Statue finished.

It is the final push to mark mountaineering history on the Isle of Skye.

A bronze sculpture at Sligachan, against the backdrop of the Cuillins, will pay tribute to two renowned mountaineering figures – Professor Norman Collie and John Mackenzie.

SkyeConnect members The Collie Mackenzie Heritage Trust are almost there in reaching their target to erect this amazing statue in the heart of the Cuillin. A remarkable £93,500 has been raised so far with just £23,500 to go. If you can help with a donation or perhaps a company that would like to add their weight to the final ascent to the target then please get in touch with the Trust at the link below.

https://skyesculpture.co.uk/

Donate

£23,500 seems a lot but wouldn’t it be an achievement that would see all the hard work of the redoutable Morag Nicolson and her team of volunteers pay off? Collie and Mackenzie were the forerunners of all those who enjoy these magnificent mountains so let’s try and reach the summit in 2019.

Read more in the P and J here.

Get behind final push for bronze sculpture to mark mountaineering history

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Thank you all from Mountain Aid. Corbett’s for Courses. Thanks for raising £1200 for Charity.

Mountain Aid is a great charity and best to my heart they do a lot of work for Mountaineers.

During May, June and July 2019 Mountain Aid, the hillwalkers’ charity, organised a successful fundraising campaign “Corbetts for Courses”.

Over the three months over 200 ascents of Corbetts  (Scottish hills between 2 500 ft. and 3 000 ft. and a drop of at least 500 ft. all round) were undertaken by more than 70 participants, some four legged, many climbing several hills.

Corbett’s for Course Collage

The sum of almost £1200 was raised for Mountain Aid.  This will enable the charity to fund its navigation and winter skills courses which are free to participants.

Highlights of the event included ascents of:

     Ben Aden, a remote hill in Knoydart, accessed by canoe along Loch Quoich

     West coast hills accessed by private yacht

The Corbetts on the islands of Rum, Skye, Harris, Arran, Jura and Mull And Goatfell at night.

     Many of the Corbetts along the Stevenson Way during a three-week trek

A spokesperson for Mountain Aid said, “We would like to thank everyone who took part in the event and made it such as success, whether that be by climbing a Corbett, making a donation or supporting others in their endeavours. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Mountain Aid will be able to continue to provide freetraining courses for the next year”. 

Further information available at     www.mountainaid.org.uk

Background

Mountain Aid

Mountain Aid is a volunteer-run Scottish Charity (SC040294) with the objective of promoting mountain safety. Established in 2009, the charity is the successor to the well known Boot Across Scotland. 

Mountain Aid activities include:• An annual programme of free “experiential” navigation, winter skills and outdoor first aid training courses.• A series of free mountain safety lectures at venues across the country.• Organising Skills for the Hills and Scottish Mountain Safety Days. These exhibition style events offer hill-goers a chance to meet and talk to agencies involved in the great outdoors in Scotland.

Corbetts

Compared with the more popular Munros, the Corbetts are spread further across Scotland, stretching down into the Borders, west into Ardgour and featuring on many more islands. There are 222 of these distinctive mountains, whose height ranges between 2500 and 3000 feet, with descent of at least 500 feet from adjacent hills. The challenge of completing all the Corbetts is often considered to be greater than that of completing the Munros.

Contact: 

info.mountainaid@gmail.com

www.mountainaid.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/MountainAidUK/

The included image is a collage of summit photographs taken by participants during the event.

Mountain Aid is a Registered Charity SC040294 and is privileged to have Cameron McNeish as Patron since 2009

For more information, visit www.mountainaid.org.uk or email info.mountainaid@gmail.com

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30 years on I still miss the man Al MacLeod –

Al Macleod 14/7/1989

Looking through some photos especially with modern media   of a few pals and great memories come flooding back. I saw a photo today and my mate was full of life with that huge grin of Al MacLeod the big Highlander from Blairgowerie. One of the most powerful mountaineers I ever met. He sadly lost his life on the 14 July 1989 on the North Face of the Matterhorn while soling the North Face.  Sadly he had no Insurance as was living on a tight budget and we had an epic getting him home to his family.

In Mountain Rescue you meet some great characters and my great friend Al McLeod was one of them. He died after a fall on the Matterhorn North Face whilst soloing. It was a tragic day when we got the news. Al was just leaving the RAF and had planned a year’s climbing. He was a superb mountaineer and just back from an unsuccessful attempt on Everest West Ridge, he had attempted the summit and was 1000 feet from the top after climbing the Hornbein Coulior, the weather came in and they had to descend. As a young man he had so much to live for, he like the rest in our prime of youth felt so at one in the mountains. He had climbed some great routes on Shivling and the Alps. He was so powerful and regularly ran back to the bothy after a huge hill day. He never showed tiredness, just pure power and though not a natural climber on rock he was so strong. As a winter climber he was exceptional this was his love, he was the ideal companion on a route. He loved the mountains and the wild and as a local boy from Blairgowerie he had spent his life in the hills.

Al Macleod 14/7/1989

He joined the RAF as a driver and the RAF Kinloss MRT and I watched him grow in the team. He had become superbly fit, every big day was added to and new challenges were always beckoning. He climbed the North Face of the Eiger with the late Ted Atkins and many other big routes in the Alps yet he loved the challenge of the Scottish hills. Always moving fast on the hill he would be off in his red wind suit for another top or climb as we struggled in his wake.

Big Al MacLeod on Hells Lum Crag – Huge smile photo Bill Batson.

We had some great days and he enjoyed pulling me up some good routes we always had a laugh whatever we did. In winter we had fun in the Gorms, night ascents of the Mirror Direct in the Cairngorms. In summer after work climbs on Savage Slit and chasing Patey’s classic climbs. He was fun to be with and every day was entertaining. We had some magic days is Skye and he ran the ridge and then climbed some great routes next day with me on the Cioch. He would not untie me and I was dragged up one of my best days on Skye, “Cioch Grooves, Bastinardo and the Nipple” after a big scary fall!   Yet we went many times to Coruisk in Skye by our boat and climbed some classic lines, it was days on the hill and the company that mattered.

Al was a wild guy who lived life to the full, as a friend he was one of the best and we got on so well despite the huge differences in ability in the mountains. He loved the social life, the bothies, the dances the ceilidhs and the local girls. He always had a huge smile. At times we had to look after him he lived for every minute of every day. When after Lockerbie the man who looked after me was Al – he came over from Fort William after Christmas as he knew I was in a mess, few would do that. He was the one that helped me he drove over to Newtonmore and we had a drink into the wee small hours. He sowed the seed for our trip on Everest that night. We went for a wander on the hills and talked through it and he looked after me when I relaxed that night. It was long overdue for me this is true friendship.

He decided to leave the RAF and wanted to become a guide, so off he went to the Alps to climb the other North Faces. He and a friend were soling the North Face of the Matterhorn when he went off route and fell 1000 feet to the glacier. We were driving out for the weekend when we got told. I was the Team Leader at RAF Leuchars and was stopped by a Police car on route to Braemar, we were all devastated. I had to tell the team and it was a solemn weekend. I went to see Al’s family next day in Blairgowerie, it was a hard experience. The family were devastated, they had lost such a son, they are great people and we had a difficult time. We found out that Al had no Insurance for the Alps. This was a disaster at the time for the family. I was very lucky to get some great help from the RAF and we solved all the problems eventually. It was a real fight though but we got Al back home to the family. The funeral was an emotional day and a huge wake at RAF Leuchars Mountain Rescue Team but I was worn out and left the boys and all Al’s girlfriends celebrating Al’s life. The Officer who helped me was a Sqn Ldr in I think 111 Sqn he was the effects Officer he was one of the finest men I have ever met and helped so much. We both chased the RAF until they brought him home. I wonder if anyone can help me with the name so I can contact him.

What a loss to his family and friends it has been hard over the years and how we all still miss him. I am sure Al could have achieved so much more if he had not been taken so early. I lost a great mate and the family a son and brother. On our first trip to the Himalayas in 1990 we took a bit of Ben Nevis rock out and left it high on our hill as a memory of our mate. I never grieved for Al at the time I was still suffering from PTSD after Lockerbie and organising the funeral and Al’s Repatriation. It shook me to the core yet I had lost so many pals already.

So please take care if out in the big hills,” make sure you look well to each step” and remember those who sit and wait for you.

Enjoy the weather and if in the Alps ensure you have Insurance in case you have a problem.

Wee stone left on the hill for Big Al.

I still miss you big man, I see you dressed as the “Highlander” “There can only be one Connor MacLeod” and Queens want to live forever blasting from the tape. When you did so many things and what a life you had we were all invincible then. I wish you were around now to advise me on this cycling game. I will never forget how you cycled into a parked car and went through the back window, like a torpedo. For that episode you got a police ticket and a big bill for that and a face full of character. I still see you and that Red wind suit and yellow Lion Rampant hat on the hill always two hills ahead and then running back to the bothy usually with my dog as no one else would follow you!

Things come up that remind me of you and others and yet though you’re gone I still laugh when I think of you and as your Boss some of the scrapes you got in. I tell the tale that at you Wake several lassies turned up thinking you were their boyfriend. I had to explain that to your Mum and Dad and the girls were all fine. Right up to the end you kept us on our toes.  I wonder what you would be doing now with the new gear and climbing tools. I met many characters but few like Big Al, RIP.

You will always in my memory Big Man.

Big Al on Everest West Ridge with his famous lion Rampant hat.

“Awesome piece Heavy. One of those legendary guys who inspired so many young troops, and I’m sure a fair few older ones! His ‘stealing the boys’ to go to a ceilidh on Lismore, via fishing boat, remains one of my most treasured memories. From Scouse”

Heavy Oct 2019

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Avalanche Awareness

As the first snow is forecast on the mountains this week it’s worth discussing Avalanche Awareness.

Most Mountaineers have all the gear all costing so much cash but few spend money on Avalanche Awareness training. I would advise every winter Mountaineer to take stock of this Education and training.

“No matter how experienced you are you can always learn.”

I would love to know how many actually have been even been to a talk about Avalanche Awareness. As for attending a Course?

In my 40 years of Mountain Rescue we were asked to assist on some of the biggest avalanches all over Scotland’s cliffs. I cannot remember how many I attended but they were all over Scotland :Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Beinn A Choaruinn, Creag Mheagaidh, the Cairngorms, Skye, Torridon, Beinn Dearg and so many more.

As we assisted the local teams who had the local knowledge Of the cliffs I made it my remit to get to know these dangerous places. I climbed walked in these remote Corrie’s as often as I could dragging the newer troops around. In the end in my mind it was so helpful we would arrive at night in some wild Coire where many of the dangers were hidden by darkness.

Not a good task – under tons of snow.

I had worked and learned of the danger areas and often would ask the helicopter to drop us so we could appraise what we were going into.

Worth thinking about: Many hill walkers climb in new areas as do climbers with little knowledge of the danger areas. Of course nowadays there is so much advice on where and what to do.

Nowadays there is so much information available the Scottish Avalanche Information Service is full of information and it’s free. Nowadays there even is a App.

Decision making.

Yet many chase that climb or Munro’s come off on the dark and are unaware of the ground they are on. You could being a lot later than you think going home. Avalanches do not just happen to climbers and skiers. So everything you can learn about Avalanche Awareness is vital.

In the early days little knowledge was known before the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) was founded. It is hard to believe that when it was started there were a few key Mountaineers who were against its formation. I helped write a letter to explain how much it was needed to give advice to the Rescue Teams, Mountaineers and skiers. In the early days it was very basic and is now another well accepted tool in your winter skills box. From mid December the SAIS reports on six key areas. When I climbed/ winter MountaineerEd I regularly I read these all daily. I still do. In these days as we could end up anywhere helping on a call – out.

Top Tip:

Weather and Avalanche reports they are a “must read”before you go especially to an area that is new to you or your companions.

Read them and watch the weather forecasts before you go build up the weather /avalanche history of the area you wish to climb in. This means not only the day you go but before hand.

I learned the hard way and have written about my Avalanche on Lancet Edge near Ben Alder whilst hill walking in my first few days in Mountain Rescue. This was in the early 70’s when the quote I was told.

“Avalanches do not occur in Scotland”

After that I made it my mission to learn as much as possible. Yet later on I was involved in another epic on Lochnagar and was lucky to escape with our lives.

“I was at the invincible” stage and was so lucky see my blog for that tale.

Folk ask about Avalanche transceivers etc and there are far more experienced people who can talk about them. My friend Davy Gunn has a web site and is an expert who is an expert in Avalanches and has incredible knowledge of Avalanches in Scotland, the UK and beyond. I have known Davy for many years whilst working with the RAF Mountain Rescue he was a former member of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team.

Davy Gunn – Trained under the wing of the legend Hamish MacInnes a true gentleman and great leader, Davy became deputy leader and medical officer then for a while team leader. Many epics, much tragedy and some inspiring heroism from the sick and injured and their families. Davy is a member of the British Association of Ski Patrollers. Training ski patrollers and running first aid training for outdoor people from ski instructors to mountain leaders, gamekeepers, alpine guides or chalet staff. He is a man with huge knowledge.

http://crankitupgear.blogspot.com/?m=1

My advice is to look at the advice on the SAIS website and maybe attend a course or some instruction on Avalanche Awareness.

This is a book to read on Avalanches.

What would you do if you and your pals were avalanched? It would be up to you could you cope?

That initial hour is so critical.

I have just working on interviews from a group who this happened to and their story is well telling. I will be writing it up soon. Look out for it in my blog.

Would you be able to help if your companions got Avalanched?

Food for thought?

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Ardmair a wonderful setting by the sea and the mountains. This week snow is forecast for the mountains

I am so lucky my Grandkids are in Scotland and up and they were up for the Festival at Ullapool staying at Ardmair Point caravan and campsite. What a location that is. The sea the small Isles and the mountains make it a perfect setting.

I was on baby sitting duties on Sat night so Mum and Dad could go to the Festival in Ullapool.

I drove up in the afternoon through rain but it cleared as I arrived near Ullapool. The sun was out and the town so busy. I had a drive round up to Elphin the hills wet clearing and as always it was incredible these hills are so wild. Sadly the road was busy with “posh cars” blasting along in convoy ticking off the NC 500 oh for the Police with a speed gun. Goodness knows what they see in their mad rush or is it just me?

They miss all this.

It was great having a bit of time as the girls were in Lochinver and I had a few hours on my own.

The great poetry of Norman MaCaig are always in my head when I leave Ullapool into these hills.

A Man in Assynt

“Glaciers, grinding West, gouged out

these valleys, rasping the brown sandstone,

and left, on the hard rock below –

the ruffled foreland –

this frieze of mountains, filed

on the blue air –

I love these hills.

Stac Polly,

Cul Beag, Cul Mor, Suilven,

Canisp –

a frieze and

a litany.“

On my drive it was busy though with lots of folk about many looking at the views and enjoying it. There were loads of photographers waiting for the right light to hit the hills

Ardvreck Castle – where one of my heroes was murdered.
While Montrose was landing in Scotland, from Orkney, Charles was agreeing with the Covenanters that he would disband. The King’s letter never reached Montrose and he marched to defeat at the Battle of Carbisdale, in April, 1650. A few days later, Charles disavowed Montrose under the terms of the Treaty of Breda. Montrose fled to Ardvreck Castle on Loch Assynt, where he was betrayed to the Covenanters by the Laird, Neil MacLeod, for the princely sum of £25,000.

I stopped at Ardvreck Castle is a ruined castle dating from the 16th century which stands on a rocky promontory jutting out into Loch Assynt in Sutherland, Scotland. It has great views of the hills.

One can reach the ruins by driving along the A837 which follows the north shore of Loch Assynt from the village of Inchnadamph.

Opened: 1590

Built by:

Clan MacLeod

I visited the Castle and it was good to have a wander and see this piece of history I had often visited years ago on a wet day hiding from the hills. In these days it was a quick look now at last I had time. It had great views of the back of Quinag and I will be back in winter to revisit when the crowds have gone.

It was then a wander a walk them back to a sun filled Ardmair and fun with girls. They love the beach and learning the simple things like skimming stones. It was warm and after tea we had more fun outside. The light was incredible and to watch the girls on the beach was magic as the light changed. The sun setting to young eyes and the stunning views even to young kids is spell binding. They both had their faces painted at the Festival it was so good to have them with me. The simple things are so important.

The beautiful sunset.

So often we rush about and miss the simple things like sunset and family time. It was an easy night with the girls and instead of staying I headed home after Mum and Dad returned . It was an easy drive home the hills were dark but the stars were out. I saw a few deer about and stopped for a break in the dark as I always do. I am sure I heard the first stags of the season roar in the darkness. Always a sign to me of the winter on its way. The girls Mum and Dad stayed and visited old haunts that we had done many years ago. It’s great and I hope the girls will have a love of the wild places that they have. We are spoiled up here we have so much and I never take anything for granted.

It’s hard to believe that snow is forecast for the mountains this week after sitting in the sun enjoying the last of summer. Yet it is – the nights are drawing in and I wonder what another winter will bring.

Today’s tip.

Watch how you plan your days on the hills.

There is less time before it’s dark.

Check that torch and put some extra gear in your bag.

Have fun as that is what it’s all about.

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Helping out with Alzheimer’s suffers.

There is a lot being spoken about Alzheimer’s and the effect on the person and their family. One way you can help those who were involved in the mountains is through speaking to those who are suffering and loved the mountains. You can chat about mountain days, climbs and routes. The great views the local history the seasons and the wildlife.

The views

It is amazing to see at times their eyes light up and their minds open again on a familiar mountain tale. To the family and to me it’s so it’s special when this happens. I have seen it often. Many with this illness have partners or families that maybe do not understand their passions for these places or do not have the knowledge to help them rekindle these special days in their minds. It gives the family a well earned break when you pop in and try to help so much with their well – being.

Every day for a family with a loved one with Alzheimer’s is hard beyond most of our belief. We can help not just with our knowledge of the mountains but in so other areas that we have in common.

There is an old keeper I meet on my local Walks his memory is poor yet we can chat about the hills the weather the seasons and the wild life. He tells me about life 40 odd years on a remote estate. It was a huge part of his life and how hard it is living in a small village trying to speak to others who have limited knowledge of his way and of life. When I come back from a trip he loves to hear what I have been up to. He wants to hear about the hills and the wild life and how things are.

Music is another way to help and we all have songs that bring back memories flooding back. Many love to speak about their job or career.Many loved Sport and many others things and talking can enlighten a day for a sufferer. Many sports are doing lots to help and speaking about past memories. There seems great success in this area.

We can help others who suffer from Alzheimer’s most of us know someone. When was the last time you took time to speak to them.

The reward is watching them relive great times and the joy it brings?

Thoughts ?

Memories can bring great joy!

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