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About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.

The power of flowers and wild places and the loss of someone very special.

This week I lost someone I love my big Sister Eleanor. She always looked after us and was there to look after me especially with advice and love. Eleanor like my Mum loved flowers and passed that love onto me. … Continue reading

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Carnach Bridge update from the Knoydart Ranger Service

Carnach Bridge Update: Please be advised that the footbridge over the River Carnach at NM865964 is still closed. “The bridge has arrived at the estate and they are preparing to site it. Unfortunately, the hand rails and fixings provided were … Continue reading

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The Corbett’s are they harder than the Munro’s? What are your favourite ones?

Corbetts are Scottish mountains over 2,500 feet (762 metres) and under 3,000 feet (914.4 metres), with a drop of a least 500 feet (152 metres) between each listed hill and any adjacent higher one. There are 222 summits classified as … Continue reading

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Out on the hills again Aonach Shasuinn Affric .

The hill of the height of the Englishman (Sassanach ) what a great name for me it was a hard day. You are supposed to climb its neighbour as well in the same day Carn a Coire Gharb. Yesterday my … Continue reading

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In memory of the life of Martin Moran.

This is from the Moran Mountaineering Facebook Page. In memory of the life of Martin Moran we would like to make a donation to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and the Torridon Mountain Rescue Team. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation work in … Continue reading

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Imagine a Course in Glencoe with these guys! Climbing belts and Whillans Harness.

I found this poster in my tidy up can you imagine doing a course with these guys in Glencoe? This was what I got issued with a yellow climbing belt and a screw gate plus 2 slings and karabiners. The … Continue reading

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1950 – Letter from the late Donald Duff Surgeon – Belford Hospital ref Stretchers.

I found this letter from the Mountain Rescue pioneer Donald Duff who was the surgeon at the Belford Hospital Fort William to RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team. Letter from the late Donald Duff Surgeon/Superintendent Fort William Hospital Belford Hospita To … Continue reading

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