Tom Weir, 1914 – 2006, astonishing mountaineer, author and broadcaster, was born a few days after Muir departed this good planet, and was as strong an advocate for the great outdoors in his native Scotland as Muir had been for the United States.

When chatting him up here as Muir, (pictured here,) a few days ago at Loch Lomond Shores, we exchanged our respective stories on avalanche ‘rides’ we had inadvertently taken long ago in the mountains.  His ride was far more eventful – go google or youtube him for details…. But we’d both agree “Whenever danger does attend your travels, thought is quicken, common cares are buried, and pictures of wild immortal beauty press themselves into your memory, saturate every part of your body, to dwell forever.”