Heading to Ben More Crianlarich.

Yesterday I had a rest day and later on I had an incredible drive down to Onich near Glencoe stopping in my favourite places. The temperature had hit 30 degrees at home it was so warm!

I love the drive across the hills were clear and they had rain so everything looked fresh.

Few can beat this view of The Ardverikie Estate from the river. I always stop here it Loch Laggan has incredible sands and this year the loch is so low. Yet in the early evening light it was stunning. There was lots of rubbish dumped here in the past but the Estate and Highland Council over the last few years have tidied it up! I was on the case for a while but what difference now! Why do folk dump tyres, fridges and rubbish in such a beautiful place ?

I am heading to Crainlarich to climb Ben More with a relative of the crew whose father sadly died in the crash on 19 Jan 1973 . It was another tragedy on Ben More at Crianlarich The aircraft was a Viscount Aircraft GAOHI – from Glasgow Abbotsinch  all 4 crew killed.  It was on an air test at the time.

I was a young member of the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team and we searched for 3 days in the wildest of weather until we recovered the casualties. It was my first Aircraft crash and I have written about it on my blog. We searched all over with Leuchars and other Mountain Rescue Teams, the snow was extremely deep in places and the A9 was cleared for us on the way down!

It is hard to believe it was over 45 years ago yet I remember that hard carry off the hill with crew so well.

It will be an emotional day for both of us.   

In memory of Captain Walter Durward 

Co – pilot Stan Kemp 

Engineers  – Paddy Quinn and Jimmy Moore.

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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