A mountaineers view of the Falklands .

I wonder who has my old guide book to the Falklands its gone – great days to climb and clear the head and a grand place to be – worth a read?

I was privileged to spend two tours in the Falklands when I was in the RAF. It is a wonderful place for wildlife and mountains. Most of the popular peaks are less than 1000 feet and were the scene of bloody battles during the 1982 conflict.  They are still littered with the military remains of this awful war. Minefields, too many to clear, abound; giving a new meaning to the phrase “objective dangers”.  However, they tend to be well marked and fenced off. The military have built a road from the camp at Mount Pleasant Airfield, where a garrison of 2000 personnel are based. The road is  34 miles to the capitalPort Stanley. This is the only road, which for some reason has a monsoon ditch 4- 5 feet deep and 3 feet wide on either side. The engineers got the rainfall figures completely wrong; hence the ditch regularly has crashed…

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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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