Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, September 15 2009.

I’ve written before about ‘Munro-bagging’ and how little sense it makes to obsess about the heights of mountains (see my previous blog postings ‘I’m not a Munro-bagger, honest‘ and ‘What is the largest mountain in the world?‘). Now a Munro summit (Sgurr nan Ceannaichean, near Glen Carron in the North-West Highlands) has been remeasured using GPS equipment, and it has been decided that the list of Munros is to be reduced by one, from 284 to 283. See a BBC news article about this here.

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, September 2 2009.

The Great Corrie of Lochnagar

Last weekend I walked to the summit of Lochnagar from Glen Muick. This is a popular route and the mountain was quite busy with walkers (the Glen Muick car park is a nightmare on a Sunday afternoon). The weather wasn’t great, with strong cold winds on the summit and rain later in the afternoon. August in the Scottish hills this year has been very poor in terms of weather. I did get a great view of the cliffs in the Corrie of Lochnagar however (photo here).

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Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, August 24 2009.

Snowpatch on Ben Macdui

Snowpatch on Ben Macdui

Last Saturday there was a gap in this month’s seemingly endless rain and I travelled to the Cairngorms where I had a good day walking on the Cairn Gorm – Ben Macdui plateau. I managed to get a good view of all the usual areas where perennial snowpatches lie (see this page on my website about this topic).

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, August 14 2009.

Blenheim engine near the summit of Braeriach

Blenheim engine near the summit of Braeriach

Last Sunday I travelled to the Cairngorms for a walk to Braeriach. I walked from Whitewell in the Rothiemurchus Forest through the Lairig Ghru. I stopped near the entrance to the Lairig Ghru at a memorial to Angus Sinclair who died in the Cairngorms in 1954 and who was the CO of the Edinburgh OTC at the time (see a photo of the memorial here and of the plaque inscription here). There used to be a mountain hut near this memorial named after this man, which I visited in April 1990 as part of an Edinburgh OTC group, not long before the hut was demolished. It used be positioned above the river on a small flat area at OS 10-figure grid ref. NH 95869 03637.

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, July 21 2009.

Wellington remains near Bynack More

Wellington remains near Bynack More

Last week I travelled to the Cairngorms and walked into the mountains through the pass of Ryvoan, camping on flat boggy moorland near the summit of Bynack More. The weather was not ideal, with lots of rain and thunderstorms so it was a pretty wet night (although I stayed dry in my new Terra Nova Laser Competition tent).

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, July 15 2009.

Wellington remains near Ben Alder

Wellington remains near Ben Alder

Last week I cycled into the Ben Alder area via Dalwhinnie and Loch Ericht, camping overnight near Culra Bothy. The next day I walked up to the Bealach Dubh between Ben Alder and Geal-chàrn where there is some wreckage from a Vickers Wellington bomber that crashed in 1942. I first saw this wreckage on a long walk from Dalwhinnie to Fort William in 2000, and was the first time I’d seen wreckage from a crashed aircraft in the Scottish mountains.

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Posted by & filed under IT & the Internet, Software engineering, July 6 2009.

For many years I have developed websites the old-fashioned way. I have used the MicroEMACS text editor and Unix/Linux command line tools to create HTML/Javascript and Perl/PHP CGI files entirely from scratch, and installed and configured MySQL databases and Apache webservers the same way.

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Posted by & filed under Travel, July 3 2009.

Last week Lesley and I went on holiday to Andalucia in Spain. We rented attico rooms in a villa in the mountains north of Málaga, near Lake Viñuela. The location of the villa was fantastic, perched on a ridge with amazing views of the surrounding mountains (particularly 2066m La Maroma). We spent most of the time relaxing, swimming in the pool, sunbathing, and eating and drinking outside under the stars.

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Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, June 10 2009.

Remains of a Vickers Viking on Ben More

Remains of a Vickers Viking on Ben More

Last weekend I climbed Ben More near Crianlarich. This mountain is very high (1174m), and is an unrelentingly steep pyramid all the way to the top. I climbed it by its unfrequented northern flank. I was climbing it for 2 reasons – firstly to look for any remains of an RAF Wessex helicopter that crushed near the summit during a rescue operation in 1987, and secondly to investigate the Cuidhe Chrom snowpatch.

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