A few thoughts to help get you through a hard time.

There have been so many calls and and emails about Ted , I need to get out in the hills soon and refresh my mind and body.In a lifetime in the mountains and dealing with tragedies I have rarely spoke to so many who are so upset and so many tears. These a hard rough folk who rarely show there feelings yet we must do. Yet Ted in his life achieved so much that few dream about far less achieve. He really touched so many with his life, his enthusiasm, and his non stop adventures. What a man, what a loss especially to his wife Shona and Lewis his son. My thoughts are also with Nev who was with Ted when he fell.

Terry Moore will be in Italy to help very soon. As I said the funeral is private family only and a Celebration Of Ted’s Life will take place in the UK at a date to be confirmed in the future. As soon as we know we will pass the details on.

2001 Everest Rescue – Ted in Yellow jacket.

Please keep you stories of Ted and any photos I am sure that the family in time will appreciate them. I have passed on many of your kind words to Terry and he is speaking to the family and Nev. This means so much.

Mountains, wild places, the sea, the skies are where many seek a life away from the crowds. In these natural places  we meet real people and the bonds  and friendships we have will take us through these hard days. Think of the great days, the battle after a big climb in wild weather, when nature batters us and the plans for a big or climb are lost, the feeling of being alive after coming home. The sight of the first familiar point in a blizzard, the trees the grass when getting down.  The boldness of youth the invincibility we all felt that with your pals you  could push the boundaries and come back recharged and refreshed. The long call  – outs day after day, the danger, the tiredness,exhaustion but the joy of seeing the sunrise and sunset or the weather breaking. At times bringing a lost soul off the hill alive that is a reward for all. There is no pay, no praise just a warm feeling in your heart and then life goes back to a normality.

Few have these experiences and to be there with true companions and pals is a joy. We took so many of them for granted and now looking back we open our eyes to what and where we were. We have time now to reflect and despite the sadness at times we do this with a joy that recharges you.

Thinking Time

Why do we climb ?

“We do it to learn very day we go out for the old and new skills learned and how at times nature humbles our plans. We climb because all life is precious and we want to live every minute of every day. We do it as life we know is precious and our lives are finite but what we see and do when out in the wilds is irreplaceable.

We sometimes pay a dear price for all these treasures, but for those who chase these feeling the rewards if we are lucky can be well worth it.”

Thank you for the kind words to me as well they mean a lot. Always take time to visit that long-lost pal, always speak to those you love and care about and always repair any broken friendships. Life has a slender thread that can be broken at any time and we never know when.

Rest in Peace Ted.

I had just finished this when an elderly lady in distress came to my door, she was confused and upset, crying. She had tried several doors but mine was open. I did not know her but managed to talk to her and take her home to her family. She was suffering from  lost memory possibly Alzheimer. It was good to get her home safe and upsetting to see how vulnerable we are especially as we get older. I got that warm feeling again as I left her safe at home that you get sometimes and things felt better.

So starts another day and maybe a walk in the hills later.


About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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8 Responses to A few thoughts to help get you through a hard time.

  1. James Knuckey says:


    Firstly, I am very sorry for your loss and I send my deepest condolences to you and all of Ted’s loved ones.

    I work at Forces News and we are wanting to write an article on Ted and his work in the RAF Mountain Rescue Service – it would be great to chat to you on this.

    If this is possible, please send an email to james.knuckey@bfbs.com.

    I look forward to hearing back from you and once again I send my deepest condolences.

    Kind regards,


  2. Jeanette Bryan says:

    Lovely read. so sorry for your loss.x

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Charlie Cartwright says:

    Somehow my late night attempt
    To reply failed. Perhaps as well as emotions are running high.
    Just to say how gifted you are Heavy and how eloquently you have managed to express what so many of us feel. Friendships forged in the mountains are indeed something special
    Godspeed for Syracuse.
    Charlie C

    Liked by 1 person

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