Fiva – An Adventure that went wrong! A great read.

Fiva - a great wee book!

I have just read this book Fiva it is an epic tale of climbing in Norway by two young men,twin brothers. It is an incredible tale of climbing n the early days by two fearless young men. I really enjoyed it Gordon Stainforth has done  a grand job. They were so lucky to survive an epic climbing adventure. It was a story that took place 40 years ago when climbing was much more basic, in the was of gear, ropes and protection were very basic. I did enjoy it as takes you to another time and is pretty gripping right up to the end.

Fiva: An Adventure That Went Wrong” is the epic true account frm Gordon Stainforth of a near-death experience on a mountain in Norway in 1969. In the summer of 1969, as Apollo 11 was blasting off to the moon, two teenage twin brothers, with only three years’ mountaineering experience, set off to climb one of the highest rock faces in Europe. With just two bars of chocolate, some sandwiches, a four-sentence route description and an old sketch map, they left their tent early one morning with the full expectation of being back in time for tea. Within a few hours things had gone badly wrong, they were looking death in the face, and the English Home Counties seemed very far away…

Gordon has another great book about the Cuillins of Skye sadly now out of print but worth getting hold of just for its superb pictures.

There has been a tragedy near Gairloch with 2 children killed and an adult missing from a Canadian canoe. It is so sad for the families that a holiday should end in this way. Accidents to children are always a terrible tragedy and my thoughts are with the family friends and those involved in the rescue and recovery. A sad day.


Two young boys aged five and three who were rescued when a canoe capsized in a Highland sea loch have died in hospital and a man is still missing.

Six people were in the boat when it overturned in Loch Gairloch on Sunday afternoon. A man and girl, 10, swam to shore and alerted the coastguard.

A search was launched and the two boys were found along with a girl aged five, who remains in a serious condition.

The search for the 34-year-old missing man is due to resume at 08:00.

It is undertood the 10-year-old girl was first to reach the shore, and managed to raise the alarm.

Map of the HighlandsGairloch is a sea loch which curves into the Wester Ross peninsula of the north west Highlands

A coastguard helicopter and lifeboats from Portree, Gairloch and Loch Ewe launched a rescue operation in water close to the Big Sands caravan park.

Jamie Ralston of Stornoway Coastguard, who helped coordinate the rescue operation, told BBC Scotland that weather conditions had been good at the time of the incident.


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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