Category Archives: Winter climbing

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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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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Out in the wild – and extreme dog-walking

On front points of my crampons and daggering the rock-hard neve with my one ice axe there was no finer place on Saturday than on the north flank of the Devil’s Point, enjoying the sting in the tale – the … Continue reading

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Two gullies, two Munros, two white-outs = great weekend.

What a cracking weekend! Just got back from the Cairngorms and two cracking climbing days. Friday night was a slithery cycle into Bob Scott’s with panniers full of coal, only to find the place empty, but a good book passed … Continue reading

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(Not quite) climbing again

It’s far too long since I’ve done any proper climbing and the weekend there seemed like a good chance to put things right. Only the temperature didn’t cooperate. Colin and I headed in to Bob Scott’s Bothy on Friday night, … Continue reading

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On not getting avalanched

Sometimes the days where nothing happens turn out to be the good ones. Walt and I had headed up – again – with the intention of going up Central Chimney, on Creagan a Choire Etchachan, in the Cairngorms. First attempt … Continue reading

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Living on the Edge

  By Neil Reid An account of a winter ascent by Colin McGregor and Neil Reid of Quartzvein Edge in the Cairngorms, in March 2002. I was sure Colin was going to fall. I was so sure that I’d picked … Continue reading

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