In a week of bad news at last some great news that Mick Tighe based in Roybridge a British Mountain Guide, Mountain Rescuer and pioneer has won the the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture 2016. I know Mick through my many yeas in Mountain Rescue on the hills on Rescues and when I was in the Executive Committee and eventually Chairman of Mountain Rescue and he was the Training Officer. He is a dynamic, controversial,plain speaker and being an ex Marine we had some interesting discussions especially on Rescue training days. He always gave the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams a hard time as we ex military do but we were always up for the banter and the competition. Much of this bringing some reality into Mountain Rescue training situations for many of Mountain Rescue teams he trained. At heart he has is a huge mountain man and many owe their lives to his Rescue work and expertise as a Guide. It was for many years Mick who went down on a single rope to Rescue injured climbers on the wild and lonely Ben Nevis and Creag Mheagaidh many in winter. These were the days before Health and Safety and back – up ropes and Mick was a proud Marine with no fear. Recently I met Mick complete with String vest running the Slioch hill race what a fright I got as he came out the mist! He had time for a chat on the summit, the man has mellowed indeed!
I have spoken to Mick often and he has helped me recently with slides and information on the History of Mountain rescue on many occasions. He reckons he was over the cliff edge on over than 20 Rescues on these huge cliffs many in winter and with the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team. He loves Mountain Heritage and its history and he is so knowledgeable and was the man behind the Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection. This has saved so much of the mountaineers heritage in the UK for the future generations and is full of information if you look on its website.
It is in the mountains and wild places that he excels and has such knowledge of Scotland climbing history and has pioneered so many new routes, many on sea cliffs on the Scottish Islands. It is great to see such a character gain acknowledgement from the establishment which he kept on their toes for so many years. This acknowledgement of Mick has made my day. Well done Mick, so well deserved mate I hope to be there when you collect the award, your speech will be as always interesting! Well done the Fort William Mountain Festival.
Organisers of Fort William Mountain Festival recently announced that the ninth recipient of the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture is Mick Tighe. Nominated by the public and his peers as a mountain hero who celebrates achievement, accomplishment and the spirit of adventure, Mick joins previous winners such as Hamish MacInnes, Jimmy Marshall and Myrtle Simpson in the Excellence in Mountain Culture Hall of Fame.
Those who nominated Mick for the award described him as embodying the spirit of Scottish mountaineering, whether through his work as a guide, rescuer, trainer, pioneer of many new routes and latterly with his writings, film work and setting up of the Scottish Mountaineering Heritage Collection.
Fellow British Mountain Guides member Mike Pescod, and organiser of the Festival, said: Mick embodies the spirit of mountaineering perfectly, from its slightly rebellious side to its social and cultural side. Mick has dedicated his life to mountaineering and has helped countless others do so as well. It was Mick who first came to rescue me after an accident eleven years ago so it is on a very personal level that I say I am delighted that Mick is the recipient of this year’s Mountain Culture Award…
Image (c) @Mountain Heritage Collection / Mick Tighe