BMC – film on Gwen Moffat and a couple of her books well worth a read of an inspiring lady. Years ahead of her time.

Gwen Moffat is now 91  and still a person I admire she has a long history of involvment in Mountain Rescue and marrying Johnie Lees who was RAF Mountain Rescue Team Leader and a mountain Guide. Gwen wrote an incredible book on the early days of Mountain Rescue in her classic book Two Star Red – if you can get hold of this it is a classic book of the early days of Rescue in the UK.

Two Star Red a classic on RAF Mountain Rescue.

Two Star Red a classic on RAF Mountain Rescue.

It was her other story of a women in a man’s world of  climbing and living life to full, her life story or part of it is in the other classic book Space between my feet. These were hard days and one it is hard to understand how women were treated in these dark days. This was in the late 50’s and 60’s and is some tale and how these days have moved on from what we have now.  Gwen has moved on and has inspired generations in her books and her life, it is great to see her being acknowledged after all these years. Well done the BMC I cannot wait to see the BMC Film of this inspirational woman and will let you know what my thoughts are on it.

A great book Space beloy my feet.

A great book Space below my feet. You can still find a copy on Amazon if you look


From the BMC

“Our brand-new BMC TV production, Operation Moffat is a film that takes inspiration and wit from the colourful climbing life of Britain’s first female mountain guide, Gwen Moffat.

Gwen Moffat

Gwen Moffat

Grappling with her preference for mountains over people, adventure over security, wilderness over tick lists, writer Claire Carter and filmmaker Jen Randal climb, run, scramble and swim their way through some of Gwen’s most cherished British landscapes.

Including candid interviews with 91 year old Gwen, a fresh take on landscape photography, previously unseen archive materials and unashamedly real action sequences, this film captures Gwen’s infectious excitement for a life constantly seeking something strange or beautiful around the next bend.

The film was inspired by our original interview with Gwen Moffat in Summit.

Claire Carter and Jen Randal were in Banff for the award ceremony, with all their fingers and toes firmly crossed until the winners were announced.

Alex Messenger, BMC Head of Marketing and Communications, said: “When we started BMC TV, getting one of our films into a British film festival would have been a dream, so to win an award at Banff is truly special. Thanks to Lowe Alpine, Rab, DMM and the Mountain Heritage Trust who jumped on board with this film and helped make it a reality”.

Operation Moffat wasn’t the only BMC-related creation to see success at Banff. The Wired Guidebook Project –

Operation Moffat is just one of over 600 films on BMC TV, which features everything from short skills clips to our latest BMC ambassador team action.

Thanks to Lowe Alpine, Rab, DMM and the Mountain Heritage Trust.

WATCH: The Operation Moffat trailer on BMC TV”

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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