My thoughts are with those in Glencoe and Lochaber who lost so much this weekend.

The news that many of us already knew that one of the climbers killed at the weekend in Glencoe was a young Glencoe Team Member. Last night the Scottish media and evening news was full of the Mountaineering community and friends paying their respects to these young men. These are hard times for the family and friends who now need to be left to grieve in peace

The Police issued a statement that was carried on the main news in Scotland.

The two climbers who died in a fall have been named by police as Simon Davidson, 34, from the Edinburgh area, and Joe Smith, 23, from Kinlochleven.

The men died while making a descent on Stob Coire nam Beith in Glen Coe on Saturday

Mr Davidson has been described as an “absolute legend” because of his climbing abilities.

Mr Smith, who was originally from Lancashire, was a member of Glencoe Mountain Rescue.

2016 Glencoe John Greive quote

BBC News photo  The Team Leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Andy Nelson and a past Team Leader  still involved with the team d John Grieve, who has been involved with Glencoe MRT for 52 years, told BBC Scotland that it was the team’s first climbing death in its own patch. John gave an emotive interview that many of us saw. He explained as they saw Joe’s car in the car park after the accident had been reported. They met many other climbers coming off the hill coming down after a day out and hoped that that could be them. Sadly this was not to be and as they feared and it must have been awful to recover their young team-mate  Joe and Simon and carry them off the mountain.

These are very sad days in the mountains and Glens of Lochaber and Glencoe, to many of us it brings back sad memories of freinds lost in the mountains. I hope the family and friends now have peace to grieve their losses as the close-knit Mountaineering community will so as it always does.


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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