Missing Skier in Avalanche in Glencoe – My thought are with the family and rescuers involved.




Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team - photo Glencoe MR Website.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team – photo Glencoe MR Website.

More sad news that a skier is missing in Glencoe Ski Area  He was skiing off piste in an area called the Etive Glades The weather has been incredible and thousands are out enjoying the mountains, climbing and Skiing yet in amongst all this wildness and beauty is sadness.- John Grieve, leader of Glencoe Mountain Team, said the avalanche travelled about 1,000ft down the slope’s rocky face.  ‘”The avalanche has actually gone into a gully, and in some places the snow is about 40ft deep,” he said. He added that it was unlikely the skier had survived in those circumstances. The search will continue at first light another difficult day for the family and friends of the missing  person. My thoughts and prayers are with all who are involved in the rescue, Glencoe, Lochaber MRT, SARDA and the helicopters  many on the Rescue are good friends!  When you go out in such great weather, the sun and everything is looking so good with Scotland at it best you never imagine that an accident like this can happen.

Be aware as I said yesterday the sun is very strong and during the day when the snow is in the sun snow and ice can melt. I was aware of a big ice fall during my climbing on the West Coast the day before, the ice came crashing down several hundred feet and was very impressive and scary!


robin on rope




I had a busy day yesterday and was still sore after two days out on the hills and the weather is superb. The mountains will be busy as it is Easter and the great thing about being retired is you can pick your days out and I would rather go out when the hill are quieter and I was aching after ice climbing! The day started with my mate John arriving with a load of wood for me what a guy so tired muscles were used unloading into the wee shed. Then we had a visit to see Wendy an old friend. We were supposed to go climbing at Cummingston but by now my back was in bits so I will have to rest it. I had a chilled day out with a few snoozes in between and was planning to sneak out this morning early for the hill but the back still a bit wobbly so will have to take it easy. I need to sort out my gear and check it all.  Always worth doing after a day out, check crampons for damage as the ice is very hard just now.

Happy Easter to you all especially those involved in Mountain Rescue over this busy period.

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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