Teacher re­united with 50-year-old ice axe against all the odds

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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.’ 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

Lochaber High School teacher Wil­liam Cameron with his much-loved ice axe.

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