Teacher reunited with 50-year-old ice axe against all the odds
A LOCHABER High School teacher has been reunited with his 50-year- old ice axe after losing it down a 1,500ft drop in the Cairngorms.
A day out on Creag Meagaidh looked to have been spoiled for William Cameron, 43, when he discovered his much-loved ice axe was no longer attached to his rucksack on his descent down the 3,710ft munro.
A gift from a retired teacher years ago, the axe held great sentimental value for William.
So he was overjoyed to learn that against all odds it had been found.
Colleague and climbing partner on the expedition, Neil Adams, messaged William a week after their climb to tell him he had seen a post on the Scottish Hills Facebook page that someone had found a distinctive ice axe halfway down the snow covered slopes of Creag Meagaidh.
William’s swift response onto the site to give its full description confirmed it was his lost axe. It had been found by a climber from London who had travelled north to stay in a holiday cottage in Lochcarron. As he was going back London, he offered to leave it in the coal bunker at the property for William to collect.
And it was just in the nick of time as the axe accompanied William in his latest climbing adventure to Iceland. Speaking to the Lochaber
Times on return from his trip, the technological studies teacher said: ‘It just goes to show it’s all about connectivity.
‘The fact someone found it in this remote part of Scotland is amazing because where we descended there wasn’t a path and there was a lot of snow.
‘The man [from London] wouldn’t accept any payment, so I made a donation to Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team as a thank you and a gesture of goodwill. The moral of the story is be careful where you keep your ice axe.’
Lochaber High School teacher William Cameron with his much-loved ice axe.