Category Archives: Misadventures

Farewell to the Sea Kings – a Lochnagar memory

Just been reading a blogpost by Heavy Whalley, a retired legend from the RAF Mountain Rescue, writing a fond farewell to the Sea King helicopters which join him in retirement on December 31. Well worth reading Heavy’s story, but it … Continue reading

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Writing the book on mountain rescue

There’s a perhaps morbid fascination among hill walkers and climbers with tales of when it all goes wrong. I’ve long ago given up trying to figure whether it’s for education or voyeurism and just read the tales anyway. Sod the … Continue reading

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The Fool on the Hill

Ach, it’s all been a bit serious on here the last few posts, so here’s a wee bit of  light relief – a tale from the early years of this century when I still thought I was a climber and … Continue reading

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Derry Burn footbridge washed away – and other flood damage

As of the morning of August 11th the footbridge across the Derry Burn beside Derry Lodge is no more. Torrential rain through the night and into the morning lifted the wooden bridge from its foundations and washed the remains a … Continue reading

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Dicing with death above the eternal snows

The internet is a wonderful thing. And so are guide books. But between the pair of them they were nearly the death of me. I’d had a notion to go into the Garbh Choire of Braeriach and see the ‘permanent’ … Continue reading

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White-out on Ben McDui

Complacency, eh? Get off with something 99 times and on the hundredth it turns around and bites you on the bum. When I checked the forecast at lunchtime on the first Friday in May it wasn’t promising very much for … Continue reading

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Escape from the Fords of Avon

I was going to write something about the replacement of the Fords of Avon Refuge which went on at the weekend. But that’ll have to wait until I’ve dried out. With work on the new hut all but finished by … Continue reading

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