Early start for a Corbett Beinn Mheadhonach on the way to lecture at RAF Leuchars

I was playing golf today at Hopeman not bad for nearly December in Scotland. It was a brisk day with a cold Northerly wind, the Moray Firth was looking good as was the mighty Ben Wyvis looking fairly plastered with  fresh snow. Morven further to the North had a snow cover, it pulls you to the hills views like this. I am away early up at 0500 for a trip to RAF Leuchars in Fife to do a lecture to the Mountain Rescue Team at night. The forecast looks good so I have a plan to climb a Corbett  Beinn Mheadhonach near Blair Atholl on the way down. I will have to keep moving as I have to be at Leuchars and set up for the early evening.

The Mighty Wessex at RAF Leuchars – how many lives did it save?

I hope we have a good night it should be fun as I have so many great memories of my 6 years at RAF Leuchars , the last three as team Leader. What a bunch that team was I had some special moments like the first trip to Canada ice climbing in 1982 before many new about it. Meeting some of the greats of that era and being blown away with the climbs, the country and the people. Some epic call outs in Glencoe, The Ben, The Cairngorms and most of Scotland and of course Lockerbie. The troops Bridge jumping at Kylesku and diving for golf balls at night at the famous old course at St Andrews, lots of looking after them with the Police.  I built up many great contacts at this time and the team was a superb bunch of mainly young people. They worked very hard and played hard the parties in the MRT section the Re unions at the Kings house with Ian Nicholson the host were hot spots in the social calendar. We were so lucky to have the mighty Wessex  on the base what a helicopter, what crews our taxi to climb these great mountains. There are so many other stories like the tragic helicopter crash on Ben More and many others in Barra, Skye and the Borders.

Tales of daring Doo! How different Canada was 30 years later, I must have been mad!

The friends and memories of this place are very special to me and it was a hard time keeping the powers that be happy as RAF Leuchars is a busy place. Somehow we managed it and kept most people on our side. I am sure I will have enough to chat about on the night about a great period of my life, with so many special people.

Heavy is available for lectures and After dinner speaking – contact via the website/

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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2 Responses to Early start for a Corbett Beinn Mheadhonach on the way to lecture at RAF Leuchars

  1. The Landy says:

    Your posts on Scotland make me want to visit. And as I have said before, really enjoy all the climbing stuff…


  2. heavywhalley says:

    You must come it is wonderful.


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