I learnt about Mountaineering from that?
I was reminded of a project I was going to do about learning from other mistakes in the mountains and going public with them. In my days as a Mountain Rescue Team Leader we had a few near misses, Most were simple mistakes that could have lead to a major problem. I used to phone my opposite number in the RAF at Luechars MRT and tell them as if we made that mistake there was a good chance there team may do the same. I wonder if anyone wishes to pass on a story so we can all learn from it? Any takers?
Here goes I learnt about Mountaineering from that? No 1
I was scrambling on Skye this summer it was the warmest day I have ever been out in on Skye. We left at 0500 to stay out of the heat. We were with 6 friends one who was completing his Munros he had two left to complete. The plan was to stay at the wonderful Coruisk Bothy overnight travel in by boat and climb the Dubh Ridge a classic scramble and one of Scotland’s finest climbs. The weather was magnificent as you can see in the photo below and we had such a great time.
It all went well and we were nearly up the climb when two of the boys ahead knocked a rock off. I was about 20 feet behind them and it just missed me ( my head) and my stepson who was a bout 10 metres below me and hit another of our party below. The rock was fairly big and hit him straight on the forehead. I feared for the worst as my mate was not wearing a helmet. Ray got over to him and lucky he is hard as nails and though severely shaken ( he wanted to go on) he was still speaking. He was on his knees on the ledge and was bleeding from his head, he had a black eye and heavy bruising within a minute. He was very lucky that he was on a big ledge when it hit him and if it had hit myself or Stephen we would have been very seriously injured even killed. We would have fallen some distance. In the end 3 of us went down as we worried about out injured mate as a head injury is very serious. Concussion was always possible but in the end he was okay a massive bruise but nothing else. That day how daft it was I had a helmet in my bag as did Stephen and my friend had no helmet with him. I never wore my helmet due to the heat as did Stephen how stupid we were. We were so lucky a great day was nearly a very sad day for all. I bought a lighter helmet for the summer use. The boys continued and completed their last Munro, they had helmets on all day! As I walked my mate off I thanked the lord that it was only the day that was cut short, not someones life! Another of the 9 lives left.
The lesson learned was simple: Wear a helmet whenever the chance of stones from above no matter how component you think you and your mates are! Skye, scrambling helmet – simple!
Please send me your story and we can all learn from it.
Another Question? Does anyone have information about a Naval Mountain Rescue Team at Lossiemouth ( Fulmar)
I know that the end of the hostilities in 1945 the RAF Station at Lossiemouth became a satellite unit of Milltown in Coastal Command, before being handed over to the Fleet Air Arm in 1946 and becoming HMS FULMAR, RNAS Lossiemouth. The Fleet Air Arm used Lossiemouth as a training station with pilots receiving their basic training here before moving to Culdrose for instrument training. The final stage of training, (deck-landing) was practised at Milltown, before students were allowed to land on HMS Theseus in the Moray Firth.
The Fleet Air Arm handed the Station back to the Royal Air Force on 28 September 1972 and ‘D’ Flight, 202 Squadron, the Helicopter Search and Rescue Flight, was the first RAF unit to return.
I was with the RAF Kinloss MRT in 1972 and I am sure that the Royal Navy had a small Mountain Rescue Team at Fulmar ( Lossiemouth) can anyone shine a light on this please? I would appreciate this information?
Am I correct?
Mountain Safety Chat – tonight in Aviemore!
Wednesday 19th February – Mountain Café, Aviemore with Heavy Whalley 20.00 Lecture sponsored by The Munro Society. Free entry. Meals may be booked for 19.00 £10 per head. Contact the Mountain Café direct on 01479 812473
Places should be booked in advance for all the talks as demand is expected to be high. I am sure if the meals are already booked there will be no problem getting in to the chat come about 1930 ish