My plans to go and take some photos of my mates climbing was dashed by a 2 and half hour root canal treatment at the dentist. I just wanted to chill out after it and as it rained a bit just after lunch I had missed the good early part of the day. My injuries mean no more climbing until my operations are done, I am now on the “Waiting List” so watch this space. Pete and John had a fun morning and enjoyed themselves. I bet the gear they have no is a lot better than the old days? The photo above shows the RAF Kinloss MRT at Duncheltaig near Inverness in the early 60’s aid climbing as was the rage then. It is amazing that this was free climbed in 1969 and is now a free E3 climb. Look closely at all the gear and ropes, confusing? Update 6 Sept – This photo is actually Engine room Crack at Polldubh the climber is that old man from Aviemore Ray Sefton. Thanks for that Ray! I was always told it was Duntcheltaig. This was a time when the late Ian Clough was in the RAF Kinloss team and there were only limited protection about. Thanks Ray you tiger!
“Lest We Forget”
I received this by email from Phil Patterson whose father was killed in the aircraft crash on An Lurg near Bynock Mor on 14 Aug 1944 killing all 6 crew. Phil was only 6 weeks old when his father died and visited his fathers grave in Elgin on the 70 th Anniversary of the tragedy. I was at the crash site with two friends on the same day and he saw my blog on the crash on 14 th August this year. He sent me the photo above and a few words.
Thank you for your replies to my comments on your blog and
my email to you. I much appreciate the respect you have paid to the
victims of the crash and your planned visit to my father’s grave in
It has taken me a little longer than I had hoped to upload my
Elgin photographs from the camera to the computer but it is now done
and I attach two photographs of my father’s grave in New Elgin (Elgin
I am so glad we visited, thanks to Yeni Harman, Bernie Foran and Steve Price for coming with me.