Ben Kilbreck – The Vampire Crash – Thursday 21 April

The weather has been wonderful, hot, clear skies, no midges with just a hint of a breeze. This is a special time on the mountains. The new plants are coming up on the hill as the snow melts and you see something new every time out. I was up in the far North of Scotland in North East Sutherland and Caithness. I have two friends trying to complete their Munros and we all met on Ben Kilbreck. Superb weather and dry ground made it an enjoyable day. We extended it by going to an aircraft crash site on the South East Spur of Meall Ailein and  to a  monument to the crew of a Vampire aircraft that crashed in 1955 killing both crew. The RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue team were involved in the recovery in a wild March day all those years ago. It is a remote site and a very impressive memorial set on the ridge with great views this wild part of Scotland. The views to the neighbouring Ben Loyal and Ben Hope are special. It is not often I am up in this area but a wonderful day and great memories of past hill days.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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