Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
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.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
It was a wee bit awkward getting into bed. The lights were out in the dorm so I had to get undressed and clamber into my top bunk in almost complete darkness. I was absolutely exhausted but it took ages for me to fall sleep.
The next morning, after I had breakfast, I went outside and had a little wander about the vicinity of the hostel. It was a very overcast morning and the tops of many mountains were obscured. Nevertheless, I felt very lad to be here, listening to gentle run of the river and the bird song as I had a bit of a wander.
In the afternoon I paid a visit to the Lochaber Leisure Centre and made use of a treadmill to keep up some training while away from Tiree. I was really impressed with the facilities and recommend it to anyone visiting Fort William.
Next time I'll tell you about Sunday evening and the Jimmy Marshall event. In the meantime here are some more pictures from that cloudy Sunday.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I cannot think how to properly introduce this video. I stumbled across it the other day while looking at a Trail West performance. It features Iain and Bernie Smith messing about with a video camera when they were very much younger. All I can tell you is I laughed and laughed the first time I watched this. Maybe it's a Tiree thing, maybe you need to know the boys. Whatever, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tiree’s resident population increased by two recently with the arrival of Stephen Tanner and his partner, Lorna MacArthur.
Stephen has been appointed Tiree’s resident police officer, a position which has been unfilled since the departure of Kevin at the end of last year. READ MORE