Some thoughts after yesterdays blog.

Thanks for the comments on yesterdays blog.  My apologises if I missed lots out of the story and I know that all who were involved played a huge part. The Cairngorm team have regular incidents as I said and are out most winters in these wild conditions. They  Braemar, Aberdeen MRT cover a huge area and have huge respect from me  and so many others.   Our  small part was on a  huge incident in a period of sadly many in this period. It should be noted again that the RAF Teams assist in incidents all over Scotland and still do.   They have been doing this for over 70 years and it is great to see that Lossiemouth MRT are still other doing it.


I know very well from being the Statistician when I collated the Stats for Mountain Rescue all over that on big incidents involving several teams many had a view on what occurred and when. On the hill you concentrate on your part, you are given a task search an area and report back and get debriefed. Its rare if you are on the hill to get the big picture but in the end that is what the Police the Search Controllers/ Team Leaders do.    Anyway after a hard day or night you usually get of the hill. debrief and get sorted for a next day or another area to search. Its those organising the search who have the big picture and are looking for clues if no route was left by the missing party.

I write to try to pass on the lessons and learning points on these incidents and understand that it will still be hard for the family who lost 3 folk in this tragedy.

I appreciate your comments and again I am sorry if I missed certain points but as many will tell you the memory can struggle even with keeping a diary. 



Dave Cas  – Great account of a really difficult callout. I recall being on my belly with my ice axe firmly planted in to the ice, holding on as large plates of ice flew past in brutal winds. 2ba had made the call not to try and descend the goat track and we returned to via corrie Domhain and Strathnethy. Really challenging with a really sad outcome. As Mark highlights the walk out of Strathnethy was pretty awful.

Helen Howe

Well done Heavy and good effort. I remember this one well as Doctor Mayo was in one of our neighbouring teams when I was with Rossendale SART. People were so shocked by the triple fatality and especially including a young lad. I think how far I have come from back then when I was a winter novice but all the same however experienced you become there is always an element of ‘there but for the grace of God, go I’ we can all make questionable decisions in the cold and wild weather.

Andrew Greenwood – Thank you Heavy. Dr. Mayo was in my team, before I joined so never knew him. We have just held the 25th Chris Mayo memorial lecture and we keep his memory alive through that, and a memorial stone at our base in the Trough of Bowland.

‘Still on the hill”
Good effort.

Today we say farewell to Andy Nisbet in Aberdeen it will be a celebration of Andy’s life, a life lived to the full.

Andy Nisbet RIP.

RIP – Andy we will miss you but you have left some legacy.

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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