Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, June 5 2010.

Wreckage of a USAF jet fighter at the head of Coire nam Frithhallt in Morvern

Wreckage of a USAF jet fighter at the head of Coire nam Frithhallt in Morvern

Last Sunday I did some walking in the hills of Morvern, a quite anonymous and hidden part of of Scotland. The area has no high summits, but has some amazing scenery and views. After a quick trip across Loch Linnhe on the Corran Ferry, I walked up Coire nam Frithhallt from Glen Tarbert towards the site of some wreckage from a jet that crashed here in 1964. A USAF Voodoo jet fighter came apart over Maol Odhar and there are aircraft parts littered over a large area, including the jet engines. Unusually for such a relatively recent military wreck, the parts were never cleared away. You can see my page about this wreck site on my website here.

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Posted by & filed under Travel, May 31 2010.

At Losgaintir beach, Harris

At Losgaintir beach, Harris

Two weeks ago, Lesley and I went on a trip to the Western Isles, travelling the entire length of the Islands from north to south.

Highlights of the trip included the standing stones at Calanais on Lewis, eating at the Gallan Head restaurant (a converted building on an ex-RAF base), the mountains and beaches of Harris (Losgaintir beach looking like it should be in the Bahamas or the Caribbean, although definitely not as warm!), staying on the remote island of Baleshare off North Uist, the desolate panoramic view of Benbecula and South Uist from the radar station on the summit of Ruabhal (used for the nearby missile range), walking in the flat machair landscape of the west coast of South Uist, sampling the nightlife of Castlebay on Barra (curry and pubs full of drunk young people) & walking on Vatersay.

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, May 25 2010.

Wreckage of a Catalina on the island of Vatersay

Wreckage of a Catalina on the island of Vatersay

Last week whilst on a trip to the Western Isles, I went to the island of Vatersay at the southern tip of the chain of islands.

On Vatersay I visited the site of the wreck of an RAF Catalina flying boat that crashed on the island in 1944. There is still quite a bit of wreckage at the site, even though it is right next to a public road and the coast of the island. It is very remote though, requiring a long ferry trip from the UK mainland to get there.

You can see my page about this site on my website here.

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, May 3 2010.

Last weekend I went on an ML refresher course at Glenmore Lodge in the Cairngorms. This course was to enable me to have another go at some of the skills that are required as part of the ML award syllabus (and which are initially covered in the ML training course, which I also did at Glenmore Lodge in 2008, see my blog posting ‘Mountain Leader training course‘).

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, April 29 2010.

Wellington wreckage in upper Glen Affric

Wellington wreckage in upper Glen Affric

On Sunday last weekend I walked to Glen Affric from Glen Shiel (see my blog post ‘Glen Shiel’) . About 9km from Glen Shiel, not far from the Alltbeithe hostel, on the north-western slopes of the Munro summit of Mullach Fraoch-choire lies the site of an RAF Wellington bomber that crashed in the Glen in 1942. The location of the site is in a particularly magnificent setting, surrounded by the bleak moorland of upper Glen Affric and steep-sided mountains. Wreckage sites from crashed Wellingtons are suprisingly widespread throughout the Scottish mountains, this is the 6th I’ve visited.

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Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, April 28 2010.

The summit of Aonach Meadhoin from Sgurr an Fhuarail

The summit of Aonach Meadhoin from Sgurr an Fhuarail

I spent Saturday and Sunday last weekend in Glen Shiel, staying on the Saturday night at the Cluanie Inn, which I think is one of the best places to stay in Scotland for hillwalking – it sits right in the middle of an enormous area stuffed full of fantastic mountains and remote landscapes. Late April and early May is a good time to stay, as it is quiet, the weather is often good and there are no midges about.

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Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Travel, April 20 2010.

Martin, Kate & I on the summit of Snowdon

Martin, Kate & I on the summit of Snowdon

Last week I travelled to Wales for a short hillwalking holiday in Snowdonia. On Friday I walked up Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales at a height of 1085m (and the highest mountain in the British Isles outside Scotland) with a couple of friends, Kate and Martin.

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Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, April 12 2010.

On Saturday last weekend I undertook the NNAS Gold Award assessment, with C-N-Do (I had done the Gold award training with them back in November). This involved some classroom tests of walking route preparation and map reading, but the majority of the day was spent navigating along a route in the Ochil hills (coincidentally in the same area as the walk I did to Blairdenon Hill three weeks ago).

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Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, April 2 2010.

In Coire Raibeirt, Beinn Mheadhoin and Stacan Dubha behind

In Coire Raibeirt, Beinn Mheadhoin and Stacan Dubha behind

Last weekend I travelled to the Cairngorms, and walked from the busy Coire Cas ski centre up to the Cairn Gorm – Ben Macdui plateau. A lot of the winter snow had gone from below about 700m altitude, but above that height the snow cover was complete and on the plateau itself there were full winter conditions with deep snow.

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