Last night I went to Inverness to see Final Ascent the film about Hamish McInnes. I was very wary as I had seen Hamish when he was very ill and feared the worst. Yet this film show a little part of his incredible life and his hardest battle when he was ill and the fight  with the medical authorities to recover. It is a thought provoking film in so many ways and not a normal Mountaineering film full of egos,

I see Hamish often i Glencoe he is now on great form, he rebuilt his life through his memory by re reading his books and looking at his photos.  It all slowly came flooding back and was a slow process. This all helped him and to me his recovery is remarkable. But Hamish is a remarkable man, he was a World Class Mountaineer yet he spent a huge part of his life leading and being part of the Glencoe Rescue Team. I learned so much from him as a wee lad and as a Team Leader who I have the honour to be a friend.  To me he climbed his hardest route with his recovery back to Glencoe.

I loved the film the old footage, the expeditions with the then “whose who” of  World Mountaineering. The words from so many friends yet to see Hamish alone in the hospital confused made me feel so upset. A man who loved space was confined to a small sterile room and locked in.  Yet he came back and this film is an insight into the treatment of the elderly and even a specail person like Hamish can have a terrible time.

Hamish never gave up, many would have, he never lost his sense of humour and even tried to climb out of the hospital fire escape. He claimed this as a new route. We nearly lost one of the greats yet he is back and to me this film did so well with a difficult subject but one that we can all learn from. As always Hamish the Mountaineer, Engineer, Author, Inventor is way ahead of us all.

Go and see this film, thanks for those who put it together, there are huge life lessons in it for us all, especially as we age.


From Janette

I saw the film in Glasgow where Hamish had a question and answer session at the end. I thanked him for his part in looking for Stuart and bringing him back with yourself and Ken Lindsay.

It was 27 years to the week since I sat with Hamish in the MR vehicle. I was so pleased to have got the chance to speak with him again .

Take care.xx

Thank you there are so many who appreciate what Hamish did for them.

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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2 Responses to The Final Ascent – Hamish McInnes a very moving film of a legendary man.

  1. Jamie Hageman says:

    Hi there, looking forward to seeing Hamish’s film. I’m trying to get in touch with Dougie Borthwick and I believe you know him – can you tell him to email me please (Jamie Hageman, Thanks Heavy!!

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