Some climbing trips become elevated by posterity to the status of epics. This, however, was just a debacle. Four of us – Dave Bryson, Colin McGregor, Chris Horobin and myself – were bound for the Etive Slabs. Rain threatened, but the blood was up and, even though we could see streaks of water on
Our time in the Rockies was inspired not only by the mountains but also by a sense of history. Without that band of people who looked on this same landscape as a source of something more than just a physical challenge, it might have remained off-limits and closed to our minds. Stepping into the
Frozen snow and earth. This is hellish. Only half way up and he’s below shouting abuse at us. I met Big Eck in Greece. Big Eck? Big mistake! Ever since I’ve been dragged from country to country. And everywhere trouble. Once we crossed the Hellespont. One fight after another. We really crucified
Neil Reid gives a personal view of the not inconsiderable contribution the ‘Braes’ have made to rock climbing on Rum. The current guidebook to Skye and the Hebrides lists 180 routes in the island of Rum, and almost a third of them - 54 - were first climbed by members of the Braes o’ Fife MC on
On their Alps trip summer 2007, John & Rab climbed the Cassin Route on the north face of the Piz Badile. A great climb.
At the Coruisk Meet, 2007, Rab & Colin made the first ascent of Swamp Donkey 265m Severe 4a *, on the slabs above Loch Coruisk. Here are a couple of pictures from the climb.
Following on from last summer’s successful trip, myself and John headed back to the Alps this July for another tussle with Europe’s finest mountains and routes. After trips last year to climb the Aletschhorn 4193m and Finsteeraarhorn 4274m we were keen to return to the Bernese Oberland and in
The recent, exciting discovery of these fragments of unpublished manuscript from the Golden Age of mountaineering provides a valuable insight to those bygone days when mountaineers were bold, cold and very often lost. Especially, it highlights the talented, yet unsung, climbing partnership of the
When I first took up skiing at Glenshee some nine winters ago it was with the intention of being able to traverse mountains on skis, thereby reducing the ‘plod’ element and increasing the fun and excitement. Unfortunately my skiing ability seemed to have stuck at the ‘intermediate’ plateau. However