A good short day – Maurader crash on Beinn Na Fuesaige.

Location of Crash site

This aircraft struck the north western flank of Beinn na Fuesaige in Glen Carron to the south west of Achnasheen, at 1,900ft a short way below the summit and at about 200mph. Sadly all the crew died .

Updated Grid ref NH 087 542 height 584.7 metres. 3/12/21

Height 584.7 metres

Yesterday was a short day we did not arrive at the Jacobite climbing Club hut at Invercroft till just after 1130. I picked up Maggie from Forres and met Alaister and Mark who were coming for a walk. We had a short walk to the bothy across the gangway with our kit and fuel the fire. Thank goodness for the walkway as the ground was soaked.

As we had brought coal and peat for the open fire it should be a good night and the bothy was on a tidy state a bit damp but that’s expected!

The walkway

We had brought fuel for the fire and dumped our gear it was a short walk to our hill a few miles down the road. It was a wet steep walk onto the main ridge some steep Heather in places. We took our time me at the back but saw two Eagles and a few hinds. My cough was not great but just took it easy as it was so good to be out again. The hills were soaking with all the rain but it was a steady plod to the two tops.

It was cold in places on the main ridge but little snow as we climbed we got good views of the Torridon hills snow covered as the mist and rain came in. These wee view points give grand views.

At the crash site

We had a rough grid reference and height of the crash site and after a snack on the summit did a sweep search for it. In the end we located it tricky in these conditions and spent some time before heading down before dark.

Back at the hut.

We were glad to get in fire on as the rain got heavier. We had a low key night in front of the fire and Dan arrived later on. The bothy warmed up a bit and it was good to get some company. I was coughing a lot so slept downstairs this chest problem is hard at times. It was comfy though and warm in my sleeeping bag.

We managed to dry some gear and get sorted for next day. We will see what the weather brings.

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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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1 Response to A good short day – Maurader crash on Beinn Na Fuesaige.

  1. There was a walkway on the terrace that lies on the Northern approach to Whernside thirty years ago; then, it was like a set of barn doors linked by hinges and basically floating over the bog. Nowadays it is a stone path (see url). My son Mark was about eight and was lollygagging as we climbed and I shoved him off the wooden path into the bog. He got so annoyed he stomped along ahead of me to the end of the wooden walkway and up the steep bit and climbed it without stopping, overtaking some cadets and uniformed army. As I caught up, one of them said “he’s got some determination today!!” I must take my older grandson on the same walk and tell the tale.


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