Reaction to the incidents in Torridon. In winter the mountains excel. Beinn Eighe poem.

I am amazed at the re action to my Blog on the accidents in Torridon, my Blog has received 10,000 hits in 2 days and I am staggered at this. I still know that there are many who feel I am wrong to comment but at least I feel that with my experience I can speak up and tell another side. Few also know that I was the accidents statistician for Scotland for many years so have a grounded  knowledge on this subject. The teams and Police and even the Agencies can rarely speak after an incident and I hope that I can help the public understand a bit more of why and what we do as lovers of the wild. Few know how much these remote areas rely on those that enjoy the winter and the wild places spend financially in these places. Many mountain community’s benefit from the walkers and climbers financially and the work it can bring in. It is great to see that at last the Scottish Government is giving money to help the Scottish Ski Industry improve its facilities maybe the message that the Outdoors and outdoor recreation  are very beneficial not only to health but these local communities economy.  As  for the Blog I thank you all for your support and comments.

Evening Moon as night falls over Beinn Eighe . Photo Ryan MacLean.

Evening Moon as night falls over Beinn Eighe . Photo Ryan MacLean.


This was one comment –

“Thought provoking stuff. I was one who got annoyed at “idiot climbers” putting their lives and those of the emergency services at risk, with seemingly no thought for conditions. Thanks to this blog my perspective has changed. I’m not a walker/climber and have no idea what they get up to, and it’s interesting to hear a mountaineer’s point of view on this “problem” we have on our beautiful mountains. I now think we shouldn’t complain about walkers/climbers getting in to trouble on our mountains, they are doing what they love, and we should be glad they come here to do it. With the dwindling of other industries in the area, it is these outdoor tourists, and tourism in general, that are keeping our communities in work, and keeping them alive. Accidents happen, no matter how experienced or prepared you are, so who are we (especially us non walkers/climbers) to criticise ? We should just be grateful that we have such amazing, selfless people living in our area, who are prepared to volunteer with MRT’s, and let them get on with their job in peace !”

Eastern Buttress Beinn Eighe - winter

Eastern Buttress Beinn Eighe – winter a special place

Beinn Eighe

Unseen from the road, the majestic cliffs are hidden.

The long walk, views expanding as we climb.


Great views expand as we walk !

Great views expand as we climb! How I miss these special moments

Liathach brooding in the mist, is watching?

As usual we meet a family of deer

They have been there for many years

What have they seen?


The great cliff Cathedral like.

The great cliff Cathedral like.

Great cliffs sculptured by time and nature.

Wreckage, glinting in the sun.

On the 60 th Anniversary of the Lancaster Crash in 1951 on Beinn Eighe Torridon and RAF Rescue laid a wreath in the snow the wreckage was buried, only a small piece showing.

On the 60 th Anniversary of the Lancaster Crash in 1951 on Beinn Eighe Torridon and RAF Rescue laid a wreath in the snow the wreckage was buried, only a small piece showing.

This is a wonderful poignant place.

Only too those who look and see.

How mighty is this corrie?

Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

This Torridon giant Beinn Eighe.

Heavy Whalley

Today looks a good day and I managed a longer walk about 3 miles just round the coast it was wonderful with a great friend who came to visit me. It is now 14 days since my operation and things are getting slowly better.  I see the great mountains every day across the Moray Firth, Ben Wyvis and Morven looking magnificent. I cannot wait to get out and it will be some time yet but I feel it will be a long winter. My friends send me photos of this winter wonderland and their adventures all over Scotland on a daily basis. From Ben Nevis to Glencoe and the Cairngorms and up North modern technology allows you instant views of these incredible places. The mountains and wild places look so spectacular and the power of nature and winter in all its glory is in all the photos.

We live in a special place I love it and every day is important, please enjoy this wonderful land  and never take family or health for granted. This world is a troubled place just now and I cannot believe at times “Man’s inhumanity to Man”  with the latest horror stories from the middle East that are now a daily occurrence in all our lives.

What have we done?


“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.”
John Muir, The Mountains of California


About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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