Wonderful weekend with special people at Fort William Mountain Festival. Well done Stephanie Mc Kenna and all who those who work so hard to produce a wonderful Festival.

It was a wonderful weekend surrounded by friend’s that mean so much, it’s so important to get out and see folk again. There are to many to thank but to all of you you made an old man very happy. It was superb to see the drive of so many young folk about and when your struggling I feel you build off it.

There’s is a huge amount of the change going on (thank goodness) in the Outdoor World. I am so pleased to see the changes in the demographics of people involved . So many inspirational lassies about. I wish we had such drive in politics?

The old and the young

Thank you all for the wonderful words after my award of the For William Mountain Festival Mountain Culture Award. The recipient of the Youth Culture award Stephanie McKenna was a lovely person to meet on the night and I wish her well for the future. What great enthusiasm and love of the wild places and people this young lassie has.

Organisers of the Fort William Mountain Festival are delighted to announce that Stephanie McKenna (22) from Fort William, an inspirational campaigner who works tirelessly to empower members of the Lochaber community to engage with nature, the environment and outdoor activities, is the ninth recipient of The Scottish Youth Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture, sponsored by UHI West Highland.

After the awards and speakers I went to the Ceildh in the Alexandria Hotel what a night. Full of so many young folk. It is wonderful to be surrounded by such driven folk.

I had a message in the morning of the award that the the RAF Lossiemouth Mountain Rescue Team who were hoping to attend the Festival were now on Skye on a Call out. There was a big search going on for a missing Walker. It did not look great for him. A huge search was going on by Skye, Kintail, SARDA, Lossiemouth the SAR helicopter and the Coastguards. I felt a bit down as they would be away.

I had a meal with pals before the festival what a grand way to start then over to a hugely busy festival. So many characters there and what a buzz.

I was amazed when the RAF Lossiemouth Team arrived back from a successful call out in Skye. I could see by there Demeanour how pleased they were part of a huge multi agency rescue, resulting in saving a life.

That made the night so special for me . I cannot explain in words how wonderful it was. I managed to say a few words mentioning the big call out on Skye and how happy I was for the finding of “a lost soul” I know that feeling so well. I also managed to thank all the families partners and friends who support the Rescue Agencies. They give so much to us all.

Some of the RAF Lossiemouth Team with an old guy!

This week is a few days Medical a scan etc it’s a strange time for me but to have such support, kindness and love makes me so happy. Thank you all.

Be kind to each other there is so much good folk about thank God.

Comments welcome!

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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