Off to Assynt for a day on the hill. Sad news from Skye.

Good Forecast off to the hills – Early start! Off with an old friend he is driving that is great for me. I love Assynt a wild area, the plan is Beinn More Coigach but we will see what happens anyway I need to get out and away from this computer and on the hill before I am off on my travels South again!

The forecast:

Winds will continue light. Hazy, particularly at lower level, and almost
everywhere dry with many summits free of cloud. Nevertheless, in
Scotland low cloud will persist most of the day in the SW, the SE
highlands and perhaps close to the west coast. Some of my friends cars had frost on them in Aviemore, temperatures are dropping.

There is a big search on in Skye and BBC News has just published this on there website: I was speaking to RAF Lossiemouth MRT when they were called out to assist the Skye Team. This was on this mornings news!

Body found in search for walker

“A man’s body has been found following a search for a missing hillwalker on Skye.

The operation involved Skye Mountain Rescue Team, RAF Mountain Rescue Team, SARDA team members, Highland and Islands Division Police Dog Section.

They were assisted by RAF helicopter R137 and HM Coastguard helicopter R100.

The man, who was understood to be in his 60s, was reported overdue from a trek by a member of his family on Tuesday evening.

He was walking in the Glen Brittle area at Coire Ghrunnda. Police have said his name will not be released until a formal identification is made.”


The photo above is of some of the Terrain we descended in Skye on the last trip when my friend was hit by a loose rock. It can be very difficult ground even on a good day, take care on these hills.

This area is a wild place as is Skye many of my hardest Rescues were in Skye and the area around Corrie Ghrunnda is exceptionally wild. You are a long way from the road and these are serious mountains, route finding in poor weather and loose rock make can make this a difficult place to be. I was in this area only a few months ago on the Dubhs Ridge on Sgurr Dubh Mhor when a friend was hit by a loose rock. We were lucky the weather was good and we managed to get off the hill unaided. These are hard mountains and in the mist and rain even more serious as conditions can add to the difficulties. My thoughts are with the family and all the agencies involved in the search. The Skye team have been out for several days in this remote area and again risking their lives and giving their time to try and assist a fellow climber. I am so sorry that it was such a  sad ending.


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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