What would you have done ?

This is another interesting story of a pal who was out alone in the Cairngorms Last week. He had been up on the hills for a week. He is A very fit competent Mountaineer.


How’s things? I saw your comment on my FB post. I won’t deny it, I was in agony but didn’t have much choice. I’ve been up in Scotland for the past week enjoying the hills and as the forecast for yesterday was quite good, I decided to go and do Bynack More then round onto Cairngorm and back to the van which was parked outside Glenmore.

Whilst running down off the summit of Bynack More I tripped and took a forward tumble landing badly on my left elbow. Straight away I knew it was bad. I’d also gashed my left knee and a scuff on my right wrist. The pain was intense and I almost threw up. Weighing up my options, I decided it was probably best to retrace my steps and walk back the way I came in, all be it the longer way. A passing walker was going to call MRT.

I told him my legs still worked and by the time anyone got to me I could have descended a fair way on my own, besides I wasn’t going to be rescued(!) so set off walking. 2 hrs later I got back down and called into Glenmore to see if there was a medical centre in Aviemore. I told them was I’d done and suspected that I’d broken my arm. When they helped me get my jacket off and saw that my left arm was badly swollen and deformed they called for an ambulance – a bit embarrassing! The outcome, I’ve fractured the ulna in my left arm and gashed my left knee.

It could have been a lot worse and typically it happened at probably the furthest point away from my van. That said, it’s the first time I’ve ever walked 7 miles with a broken arm before and it was excruciatingly painful but these things happen and I get to play another day.

How’s things with you? I spoke to Al yesterday but then offered to come up and drive my car back bless him. I’m still in the RAF, based down South at the moment.


A interesting story and a hardy man. Thanks for letting me use this piece there are some interesting thoughts in it.

If you were out on your own would you be able to cope! Great effort.

Comments welcome


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 and loves the wild places.
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