A weekend of catching up and 13 th April 1939 Ben More accident.

Thanks for all the comments on the piece on yesterday’s blog on mobile phones.

I had a busy weekend no hills though the leg from “the pancake race down South” which I pulled a muscle is sadly still not right and it poured all Saturday, Sunday was a grand day and I managed a wander around the coast. I was exhausted after my through the night drive home. These motorways are awful and every minute on them makes me so lucky to live up in the North East.  I am sorry  for those pals I missed a visit as I had to stop in Ayr for breakfast with my sisters a good catch up. It was then on to Crianlarich to see Aunty Elma “The patron Saint of RAF Mountain Rescue” who has an injured leg  and kept it quiet and some great soup and cakes. She never told us she was ill and its her birthday tomorrow so get the cards going.  Then a quick look into Onich more tea and at last home 650 miles of travel. It was a beautiful day and the hills were superb. I am so sorry for not visiting others  but it was so busy. Yesterday was a bit easier and took my old friend Wendy shopping a lovely lady now in her 80’s and such a laugh to be with. It was a bit of catching up in the afternoon with the admin and getting the car in for a MOT today, fingers crossed.

So no hills sadly and the photos from pals look great but a fair bit of snow, I will maybe get out at the end of the week when the leg is a bit better?

First Winter Course early days in the mountains.

First Winter Course early days in the mountains. Same people better gear.

Note from the past!  From an old SMC Journal a great insight into the past

13 April 1939 Ben More (Crainlarich)

A walker got separated from companions in thick mist on Ben More. He did not return to Hostel in the evening. Search Party set out at dawn and found him on the summit of the mountain where he had spent the night. When descending and near the foot of the mountain, William Smith a member of the rescue party, slipped and fell some distance. He was killed instantly.

A sad day I wonder if this was the first time a member of a rescue party has been killed?

Take care out there its winter.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist
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