This was a big Rescue in 1954 when a climber fell and was hanging on the rope on Tower Ridge . It was a complex rescue in 1954 . There was very basic gear ropes and no harnesses, limited protection, helmets and no mobile phones. Communication was poor at the best and climbers helped in most of the call outs in this era. This photo was taken by a Mosquito aircraft from RAF Kinloss authorised by the OC Kinloss to do a survey of the incident. The aircraft made 3 runs up the Allt – A’ Mhuillin up Coire na Ciste and up over the plateau. This was all done with a hand operated survey camera. A brilliant piece of flying.
It must have been impressive to watch the aircraft do three fly overs the cliffs on Ben Nevis. There is a great account in Gwen Moffat’s book Two star Red and Don Willians autobiography. There is a great quote where after the Rescue Joe and Don were asked if they needed a help getting of the ridge by the RAF Kinloss Team leader.
The day before they had made the first ascent of Sassenach on Ben Nevis one of the hardest climbs on Ben Nevis the day before.