Thursday, February 18, 2010


Jimmy Marshall centre with Dave MacLeods left and Andy Turner right

I was in Fort William to attend an event celebrating the climber Jimmy Marshall. Back in February 1960, Marshall, along with Robin Smith, made six first ascents on Ben Nevis in the space of one week. Their achievement electrified and transformed Scottish climbing.

Marshall - who, by coincidence, was sitting almost immediately behind me in the audience - was given a life time achievement award for his climbing and contribution to the sport.

To coincide with the anniversary two climbers retraced the steps of Marshall and Smith, filmed the climbs, and presented highlights on the night. You can read more about what they did HERE.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable night and a great event. If only the weather could have been a bit better and I had been able to go for a bit of a hike in the hills! Ach well, no matter.

The next day, Monday, I returned to Oban via a sight-seeing drive along the banks of Loch Leven and Glencoe. Well, to be honest, there weren't a lot of sights to see, just more mountains shrouded in mist. For what it's  worth, here are a couple of photographs.

 Loch Leven

The Ice Factor, Kinlochleven. Climbers hone their ice-climbing skills on the facility's ice-wall.

Scary mountains.

A dead boot on the road, massacred at Glencoe. Not just a Tiree phenomenon, then!

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