Kinloss MRT New Team Leader Wullie Mac Ritchie

Diran Expedition Pakistan Heavy Wulli Mac Ritchie

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.

High bivy in the Himalayas Heavy Wullie coldest night ever

 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.

Everest 2001

  Have a great time Wullie, enjoy the best job in the world.

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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3 Responses to Kinloss MRT New Team Leader Wullie Mac Ritchie

  1. Tom MacDonald says:

    Although I do not know him, he sounds like a good man for the job. Best wishes to Wullie in his new post.


  2. Yvette Kershaw says:

    Have I dreamt that Wullie used to be called ‘the shed’? Some of my memories worry me! Good luck Wullie x


  3. heavywhalley says:

    Thanks Tom & Yvette, Wullie built the shed on Everest, he came and stayed with us on the way out down Englandshire, a
    great guy.


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