A big Thanks to the Avalanche forecast teams as they finish for the Season.

Avalanche forecasts in Scotland have ended for the 2014/15 winter season, what a great service they have provided. I hope they can all enjoy the summer and we must never take for granted their great work.  They recommend that mountain goers venturing into the hills continue to observe weather forecasts prior to their excursions, and visual observations of conditions during their trip. This information is important in making good plans and allowing for flexible decision making. They would like to thank you for your support over the winter and wish you all an enjoyable summer.


There is still a lot of snow about so be careful some of the big Cornices will be there for a while! Sadly we still had a few avalanche accidents this winter that involved Mountain Rescue Teams one involving a fatality in Torridon. The SAIS is something we must never take for granted and the great assistance of the Scottish Sports Council who fund the project.  There was a weekend service trialed this winter at Torridon in the North West and hopefully funding will be found to continue this essential service in a wild area. I would advise all users of the mountains and wild places in winter to gain Avalanche education no matter how experienced we all think we are it may save your life!


2002 - Spring Avalanche in the Cairngorms a very lucky group!

2002 – Spring Avalanche in the Cairngorms a very lucky group!

Many will be aware as a tribute to one of the founding fathers of the Scottish Avalanche Service Blyth Wright myself and Bob Sharp did a survey of Avalanches that involved Mountain Rescue Teams from 1980 -2009. In this we barely scraped the surface of what happened as Mountain Rescue Teams generally  hate paperwork and after a Rescue the report at times can be very vague. I am re looking at this project and would appreciate any input from those involved as a casualty or with a team. I understand this may be very hard to do especially if a fatality was involved.  I have great experience in dealing with this after 40 years of Mountain Rescue and will be very careful with what information I can glean.   The information is vital to understand what may have happened in the past and I am sure will help in future Avalanche education.    I am positive that proving that Torridon and the North West had 12% of the incidents over a 30 year period  assisted with helping the SAIS  gain funding for the trial over the winter in this area. Anyone who can help please contact me.

2002 - Spring snow forecast for end of week you still have to be aware !

16 April 2002 – Spring snow forecast for end of week you still have to be aware ! See below

16 Apr 02 Coire an Lochan, Cairngorms 7 Army personnel avalanched on the ridge NE of Coire an Lochan.  Cairngorm MRT and Glenmore Lodge and aFast Party deployed by R137.  of RAF kmrt First aid given and injured transported to Raigmore. By helimed and R137 –  Further 19 KMRT held on standby at Glenmore Lodge. A very lucky group!  

Avalanches in Scotland 1980 – 2009 involving Mountain Rescue Teams.


  • Ben Nevis – 44 incidents 28%
  • Cairngorms – 32 incidents 20.4%
  • Glencoe – 31 incidents 19.7%
  • Creag Meagaidh – 13 incidents 8.3%
  • Southern Cairngorms -13 incidents 10%
  • North West – 20 incidents 6%
  • Southern Uplands/Highlands – 6 incidents 3.8%
  • Anyone who can help please contact me on the website, thanks.

Anyone who can help please contact me!




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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