Hamish -The Log cabin wee bothy in the North West. Furniture removal thanks to the RAF helicopters.

The Fox of Glencoe

Hamish during and before COVID used to send me little stories of past days to me me most are in that wonderful book above. I know how much he enjoyed talking about these days. His memory had recovered and he would produce a photo from his office. He always had a unique tale that he could tell you about. It was not always about Rescues or the expeditions but the many local characters he had met over his long life.

One that stood out was a photo of Hamish in the back of a yellow Wessex SAR helicopter. He had found a place to unwind only accessible by boat near Diabeg on Loch Torridon. He had his mates Joe Brown, Mo Anthoine to w help build a bothy on some land he had received permission from the land owner to put his wee bothy up. Most items were taken in by boat but as only Hamish could do the furniture was “ taken i by a overloaded “Bumble bee” a Wessex helicopter. It’s a great tale told with others in his W the back on a rocking chair with headphones on on that crazy day. The crew helped him and other unload from the only flat piece of land nearby. His tales of getting building items from Applecross with the locals by boat and raft is a great tale on its own. I wonder if any of the SAR crew are about and remember these crazy days. Of course Hamish had a bit of an epic with planning authorities it’s all in his book and the local characters who helped him.

The story in the book is so visual and another side of Hamish that few knew. A cabin by the sea is chapter 27 of his book and explains in detail the help he had. It was an honour to be told these tales by the great man how I and so many others miss him.

Hamish had a way of getting things done,he had so many contacts and I will dig out my pieces he sent me.

I would love to hear from the helicopter crews and anyone involved in this wee tale. Just to read Hamish’s account makes me laugh. Is there a finer way to be remembered?

Dan Bailey UKC –

A giant of the mid 20th Century of similar stature to Brown and Bonington, though arguably with a legacy more wide-reaching and diverse than either, Hamish MacInnes was a polymath who’s practical inventiveness heavily influenced the development of the modern technical ice axe, and gave the rescue world the lightweight, folding MacInnes Stretcher, iterations of which are still in production.

For many years the head of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, he is credited with kick-starting a modern rescue service in Scotland, and with setting up the Search and Rescue Dogs Association (SARDA). An interest in avalanches, then poorly understood in the UK, led to his involvement in establishing what’s now known as the Scottish Avalanche Information Service. Anyone who’s either worked in mountain rescue, or needed their services, clearly owes something to MacInnes.

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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