Martin Moran, a Eulogy.

January 2016. Lochcarron, North-west Scotland, UK. A confident, clean-shaven, youthful looking man entered the room and welcomed me warmly.  “Hi Dave. Thanks for coming to work for Moran Mountain” Martin Moran was one of Britain’s foremost mountaineers and most experienced Mountain Guides. I’d heard the stories (how could you not?) but stood before me was…

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Becoming an IFMGA British Mountain Guide.

On the 10th August I completed my final alpine assessment and in doing so became an IFMGA British Mountain Guide. The journey has been a long one with more training and assessments than I care to remember over the last four or five years, this on top of the same again before it finishing off…

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Miyar Valley expedition, India 2016.

I’ve been a little bit quiet on the blogging front on from the winter, mainly due to being very busy with various things and life getting in the way… So what have I been up to? After a successful winter in Scotland and passing my Winter Guide exam I progressed to the Alps and have…

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Scottish Winter conditions report 04/02/16

So the last few days I have been out in the East, West and finally the NW today. A fair few things are beginning to look in good condition, a lot more so than of late after the recent, hefty thaws. On Tuesday I was out with John Crook observing Mike Pescod of Abacus Mountaineering. He…

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Cairngorms Winter Skills and Winter Climbing weekend.

This weekend I have been out working for Martin Moran with a couple of clients who were keen to improve their winter skills and climbing knowledge. Weather wise we had one good day and one bad, tho with such a keen and enthusiastic pair the bad day didn’t seem to matter much at all! We…

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BMG Winter Training and Scottish Winter conditions report 24/01/2016

So this week has been 6 days of BMG training for myself and the other 4 Trainee Guides that make up the class of 2016. The training comprised of a Scottish avalanche day followed by 5 days of training in general guiding looking at all aspects of safe and efficient guiding in the Scottish mountains during…

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