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Open doors on Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection

Written by Fiona

September 07 2016

The public are being invited to an open doors event to see an impressive collection of mountaineering and miscellaneous outdoor gear next month.

The Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection will be on display from October 1 to 16 as part of the Highland Archaeology Festival 2016.

Among many fascinating Scottish items, you can see:

  • Tom Weir’s bonnet, camera and ice-axe
  • Tom Patey’s surgery desk and piton hammer
  • Harold Raeburn’s altimeter
  • The full range of Hamish McInnes’s legendary ice-axes and hammers.

Items from further afield include Everest oxygen sets, Antarctic anoraks and Whillan’s Whammers.

Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection is also home to what is considered to be the UK’s best collection of ski items, including more than 100 pairs of wooden skis with some dating way back to the 1890s.

There is a selection of vintage clothing coupled with an unique archive of photographic material from around Scotland and the UK.

Archive photos.

Archive photos.

The Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection is a charitable trust dedicated to the collection of mountaineering and miscellaneous outdoor gear.

It is housed principally in a barn and other outbuildings at Bohuntin, Glen Roy, just north of Fort William, but it’s hoped that one day there might be a suitable place found for a permanent display.

It’s possible to view the collection on-line at SMHC but the public are not normally able to see the collection in person. Take a look at the website to see the incredible range of items.

Entry is free (although donations are welcomed) to see the collection as part of the Highland Archaeology Festival. Space and parking is limited so if you are a larger group please call ahead to discuss arrangements. Tel: 01397 712356.

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