1976 The North to South of Scotland walk the first week, Big bags, Big Learning.

I was tiding up and found a few old Walk basic reports this was of the 1976 North – South Walk.

The aim – This was a mountaineering expedition from the most Northerly Mountain in Scotland Ben Hope to the most Southerly Ben Lomond. The route was planned to cover 270 miles. Climb 42 Munros and ascend a total of 70,000 feet. This was 1976 gear was simple as were the maps  and there were limited communications Mobile phones were a long way away off. We carried 3 -4 days food plus all our gear, “Big Bags Big learning”

The Team was all from RAF Kinloss MRT  Heavy Whalley , Jim Morning , Paul Burns all were young SAC ‘s (a very low rank in the RAF) This was only allowed to go after great arguing with the powers that be by the RAF Kinloss Team Leader Pete Mac Gowan. by and gaining authorization for expeditions in these days had an officer in charge. (Normally military expeditions were led by an officer or SNCO ) The planning was done an orgy of maps joining and tracing other walks in the past and done in the dark winter nights or at weekends. We were lucky to have a Briefing room that most nights we were in with maps along the floor deciding the route. Food was planned and food caches set up with the help of Keepers and Village Halls and friends of the team. The RAF Kinloss Team would meet us at weekend training Exercises and re supply us, well that was the plan.

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 1976 The North to South of Scotland walk the first week, Big bags, Big Learning.

  1. Tony B says:

    We should form a North to South club 🤔

    Liked by 1 person

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