The Fall , Part 1 Feb 1994 – the story of a big call -out in the Cairngorms with some interesting consequences.

13/2/94 – 16/2/94 Cairngorms – Derry Cairngorm

36/012958

Missing walker – found after a 3-day search in appalling weather- KMRT videoed the CAS who had mild hypothermia and frostbite. This proved a PR nightmare as the walker Told/sold her story to a tabloid, upsetting most of Mountain Rescue and blaming the RAF Kinloss team for the video. A big learning point in PR.

This is a podcast in two parts about a huge incident at the time

SARDA and a few characters including Graham Gibb

My notes -Media Changes –  This was noted after Lockerbie in 1988 and a few did a Media Skills Course to try to give a more professional insight into Rescue. The Police still had the responsibility but the media wanted  a Mountain Rescue input  and many vital lessons were learned.  A few teams wanted little to do with the Media but in time we have learned to work together and many lessons learned. A few went badly wrong like the call out for Jackie Greaves in the Cairngorms where MOD released a RAF team video that caused mayhem throughout Mountain Rescue.This was a very hard time after the release of the video and it was instantly used by the the media these were the early days of instant news and huge lessons were to be learned. I have pushed the use of the small videos as they had huge value especially in plane crashes as they gave the investigators instant knowledge of a crash site and the conditions on scene. They were also of great use for training and showing exactly what conditions were like in the mountains in these incidents. This was the nasty 90’s they were many fatal accidents some that involved friends that we were involved in. It was a hard time and when we recovered a casualty alive after several days this was pretty rare. The weather was as bad as any I can remember and there were huge efforts by Braemar, Aberdeen, SARDA, and the RAF teams and helicopters bare that in mind as you sit in the warm and listen to this.

http://mountainpodcast.com/

#19 The fall, part I

February, 1994. The Cairngorms are in the grip of an Arctic storm. Alone and in a whiteout, Jackie Greaves strays out on to a cornice. Seconds later, the snow collapses into air.

Music

Ascent by Jon Luc Hefferman, La Brise by Circus Marcus, Little Black Cloud by Poddington Bear, Tentative Steps by Kai Engel and Planet BCosmic Drifting and Planet E by Lee Rosevere.


Credits

Thanks to Jackie Greaves, Graham Gibb and Willie Fraser. Research help for this episode was from David “Heavy” Whalley, Bob Reid and Bob Sharp. A special thanks to Alistair and Maria Hearn for putting me up while I was reporting this story. Editing help was from Huw Williams.

Mountain is sponsored by Alpkit.


Links for this episode

Mountain is an award-winning show about adventure in wild places. We tell stories about climbers and explorers, lovers and kidnappers, racers, travellers — and even violinists.

The podcast is a crafted mix of interviews, sound and music, brought together to tell compelling and immersive stories. Mountain was launched in 2015 and is one of the UK’s most popular outdoors podcasts.

Fans of the show have called it “gripping”, “beautifully produced”, “wonderfully eclectic” and “simply stunning”. It’s also been praised for its “real emotion and human heart”.

Mountain is hosted and produced by Christopher Sleight, a radio producer, journalist and climber living in Scotland.


Where do I start?

If you’re new to the podcast and looking for somewhere to dive in, here are some episodes that Mountain listeners like a lot:


How Mountain is funded

Mountain is supported by Alpkit and donations from its wonderful band of adventure-loving listeners. The podcast is editorially independent and has some simple advertising guidelines.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist
This entry was posted in Avalanche info, Mountain rescue, mountain safety, SAR, Views Mountaineering, Weather. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s