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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 and loves the wild places.

The Island of Barra – Call – out 1984

Barra is the most southerly of the inhabited islands in the Outer Hebrides. Long famed for its beauty – boasting beaches, hills, machair and moor all in a small island – Barra is a special place to visit, especially if … Continue reading

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An Teallach Memories – Please keep off the hills just now.

Its so easy to take photos now, I am glad over the years I took plenty I use to carry two cameras now its so easy with your phone and the digital era. I am so glad as there are … Continue reading

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Tent Bound – week 2 “Lock in” How Expeditions and tent life helped?

During these recent times I think that some of the long Expeditions I have been so lucky to be on help get you through hard times. Sometimes we never made the tent and had to bivy outside it was so … Continue reading

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The Alternative Climbing Wall!

I have never been in love with climbing Walls. Mainly as I was never a great climber and spent much of my youth loading wagons with rations and was usually exhausted after work. On my early days at RAF Valley … Continue reading

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Great names for routes ?

What is your favourite name of a climbing route and what does the name mean ? Skye has so many great names – Integrity on Sron na Ciche, Trophy Crack and Satans Slit. The Prow on Blaven and Stairway to … Continue reading

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Rum , Atlantic Corrie, Manx Shearwaters and a Call -out.

1997  – Another  Rum Callout .  8 Jun 97 Isle of Rum After a long day on the hill just as we were leaving Skye. Injured bird watcher .). Technical carry out of casualty with head injuries and dislocated shoulder.  … Continue reading

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Fionaven – A mountain of huge corries a long ridge.wild views and “Its climbs have a mysterious reputation.”

I have promised a pal that we will climb the Corbett Fionaven she has been waiting to climb in for a while. I hope I am fit enough still to climb a big mountain after we are allowed backed in … Continue reading

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