What’s your favourite quotes?

One of my favourite is : “Looking back on these wild free days in the open I realize my happiest memories are of the suntanned faces of my old companions”

Belmore Browne

1973 Masirah Persian Gulf

Another: “A man’s best moments seem to go by before he notices them and spends a large amount of life reaching back for them, like a runner for a baton that will not come.” David Roberts.

1973 Ben Dorian with my late mate Tom MacDonald.

Looking at the photo above I did many great hill days with Tom MacDonald when we both joined Mountain Rescue on 1972. Tom sadly passed away recently and look at our gear ? I am wearing “hairy breeks “ and Curlies . Tom has a state of the art Norwegian jumper we bought most of our own gear as soon as we had cash. Most of the RAF gear was to big for us !

Its funny when you look back when you were fit and strong. I have this ongoing cough that is really making things difficult to sleep or go on hill or climb. Still walking every day but how I miss the hills. Hopefully they will get to the bottom of it as I cough a lot and in these Covid Days I think folk think you have it.

Anyway I am still getting about and doing what I can just now. I just can’t wait to get back on the hills. We just have to make the best of what we have !

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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