Moray Mountaineering Club Ceilidh. The thaw continues!

Last night was the annual ceilidh at Elgin for the Moray Mountaineering Club held in Elgin and I normally buy a ticket to support the club but do not go! I went last night and it was a good night, I was a bit worried about my ribs as they are still a bit tender nearly 2 months after my fall but they were okay. It was a good laugh and great to see about 60 club members enjoying the evening all dressed smartly for the party a  change from the hill.

Snowdrops- February. I love seeing them every year, so bonny.

The high winds and thaw continues and signs of Spring are all about, snowdrops and  daffodils are out, it is so mild and the winds  continue. There is little snow in the Ski areas and the only climbs left are in the deep high gully’s on Ben Nevis Aonoch Moor and the Cairngorms. The RAF Winter course will have some fun this year. All this has happened before poor winters happen and  you can still do lots if you travel about or are flexiable. If there was limited snow we would do what techniques we could and get away and do some bothying, great days. We went into Knoydart Ben Alder and made use of The Mountain Bothies  in these great areas. Ben Alder is a great hill with two good scrambles up the hill, the short and long Leachas. The plateau of Ben Alder can be a challenge in poor weather and can involve some complex navigation and a great change away from the busy climbing areas, definitely a place to be. I am sure the Winter Course will have plenty to do. I am sure the troops will get some great days out and have some real fun and it is far better than being stuck in an office! It can all change in a day or two and you could hire me for a lecture to keep morale up?

Ben, Alder in a smattering of snow, the mountain bothy at Culra is near by, what a place to be!


My lecture tonight is at Nethybridge for the Lomond Mountain Rescue Team. It is entitled “I learnt about Mountain Rescue from that” I feel it is worth talking about the odd Rescue that went wrong and those that went s well. How you learned from as this and how you pass on experience. It is not having a go at other people or Agencies, but things I think are still relevant today will be discussed.

It is the part of learning we do not do in this “blameless society” In the end we want to improve our system and we can learn from the past.

Have a fun weekend.




About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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