Everest Classic – photo and memories of the Fox of Glencoe.

I always thought that this was an outstanding photo of Hamish McInness stretcher being used on Everest in the Western CYM. ‘The photo was taken by my pal Terry Moore in 1992 .

Everest Rescue – photo Terry Moore

Typically Terry understated the effort “ Twas a good outcome after recovering from pulmonary oedema. 1992.” Hamish was very proud of this photo what a man he was so sadly missed by many of us. How I miss the visits to his house and all the wonderful folk I met there. Yet he would pull out a photo of his adventures and the characters leaving you so humbled. The stretcher was invented by Hamish and used all over the UK and the World. The man was a genius in so many ways.

The Fox of Glencoe

written by Hamish MacInnes

The multi-award winning book The Fox of Glencoe chronicles the adventures of the legendary Hamish MacInnes and his achievements in the field of mountaineering.

Throughout this rich collection of tales, Hamish’s unorthodox character and pragmatic approach to risk and loss are conveyed with wry, elegant style, offering a glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest mountaineers of our time.

Few people cram as much into a lifetime as Hamish did, and these memoirs reflect his restless curiosity and ability to marshal loyalty and support for the most outlandish schemes. The result is an eclectic array of tales that include youthful and historic first ascents; a disorganised attempt on Everest with only £40 and a borrowed tent; hunting for treasure in South America; dangling film stars from DIY contraptions off the North Face of the Eiger; hot air ballooning off Ben Nevis; and much else besides. Tenacious and inventive by nature, Hamish also committed much of his life to developing modern alpinism and promoting mountain safety and rescue. His legacy is vividly brought to life in this collection of unseen and retold stories, images and additional narratives from some of his closest friends.

A portrait of a life lived to the full, The Fox of Glencoe captures a bygone age and will strike a chord with anyone with a spirit of adventure, and who sees possibilities rather than constraints.

Winner of the 2021 TGO Book of the Year Reader Award

A great idea for a Christmas present.

Winner of the Mountain Literature Award at 2022 Banff Mountain Book Competition

My pal Davy Gunn had written a great piece in his blog about a rescue on Clachaig Gully with Hamish. Davy was a young local lad from Glencoe and it sums up Hamish and Davy so well. Please read it.

An Adventure in “The Gully” with the Fox


Comment from Mark R “Brought back thoughts of that winter night of the Leuchars team party, and the following call-out. Somehow we arrived in Glencoe in the early hours, still half-cut and Hamish asking you if there were any climbers in the team, and the next minute Tomcat & me were climbing the up the Clachaig Gulley. Memories never forgotten. The next day we climbed Steal Falls.”

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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