Sorry for the lack of blogs I have not been feeling great.
Recently I have been off the hill for a few months. I have had a constant cough for years but it was getting very bad over the last year. I was very worried as waking up every two hours meant I had little sleep. Anyway I had to see a Consultant who said I had a damaged “voice box” Constantly out on bad weather looking after groups on training and Call outs had taken its toll. “No jokes about me talking so much” Hopefully things will improve and I can get out on the hills again.
In my early days I lived for the mountains and mountain Rescue. These were the best years of my life. For over 30 years I was averaging 150 days on the hills. A lot of call / outs in wild weather. It would often mean driving back soaked sometimes 2- 3 hours in damp kit. Not good for the body. We learned sense as we got older and often stayed overnight in village halls. It was great to dry off and if we had helped recover a fatal casualty we could unwind before we went home. It took years to do this as most of the team were under pressure to get back to work. Some bosses were not understanding.
It’s amazing how your body gets battered over the years. Yet I would not change anything. We carried so much gear on Rescues at times there was only a few of us charging into remote Corries carry : A stretcher, ropes, first aid kit, Casualty bag, crag kit, torches plus all your own kit. Add winter kit crampons, ice axe etc. These were the days before lightweight gear and few helicopters. Yet at nearly 70 I am so lucky to be still about.
So if you see me out soon on the hill you may hear my cough first.