My great friend Wullie Mac Ritchie takes over as Team Leader at RAF Kinloss in the next few weeks. Wullie joined RAF Mountain Rescue in the mid 80.s at RAF Leuchars and it will be great to see him back as the Team Leader at Kinloss. Wullie is from Harris and an accomplished mountaineer being a member of the RAF MRT North Ridge Expedition to Everest in 2001. Wullie was with me on my first trip to the Himalays when we went with a 6 man trip to try to climb Kusung Kangru. He was also a member of the Diran Expedition to Pakistan in the early Nineties and is a very strong mountaineer.
The Himalayas was a great learning curve for us and stood us in great stead for our trips to the North Ridge of Everest. Myself and Wullie went out a week before and sorted out the equipment. Wullie got very high on the mountain and was foiled from the summit when his companion took ill at the high camp above 8000 metres. Wullie got him down to the North Col on his own an incredible piece of unselfish mountaineering and without a doubt saved Jim’s life. The Kinloss Team is in safe hands during this difficult period and I look forward to seeing Wullie when he arrives. The Kinloss team is the most prestigious in the RAF and Wullie will be a great addition.
Have a great time Wullie, enjoy the best job in the world.