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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 when body slows, loves the wild places.

The late Tom MacDonalds Funeral details.

The late Tom MacDonald’s funeral is on Thursday 3 Feb at 1500 at Perth Crematorium. If your coming please could you message me. Many thanks . Photo Lost Valley Glencoe G McPartlin.

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Time on Rock

I heard the author Anna Fleming speak on the Outofdoors podcast it was a really interesting interview. I enjoyed hearing about her book and her journey rock climbing and learning about the natural world. It was interesting to hear her … Continue reading

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Glovers Chimney – Ben Nevis.

Classic Scottish winter climbing – Glovers Chimney Ben Nevis photo Mark Hartree First ascent winter 1935 by G.C McPhee and party. My first introduction to this classic route was on my first ascent of Tower Ridge in the early 70’s … Continue reading

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The Alpinist

Marc-André Leclerc climbs solo unroped, far from the limelight. The free-spirited 25 year old makes made some of the boldest solo ascents in history. Yet he was very different from most other climbers shunning the limelight.. He led a “hippy … Continue reading

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Out of the wind on Ben Nevis – Right hand gully Moonlight Gully Buttress. Waterfall Gully, The Curtain, Douglas Boulder Tower Scoop etc.

The weather on Ben Nevis can be fickle and when we ran our annual winter course we were often met by high winds. When the big routes were out due to weather we usually managed to get a route lower … Continue reading

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Sorry for no blogs –

Sorry no blogs been a hard week after. losing my old pal Tom MacDonald. I had some great memories that came flooding back. Mostly of our young days in the hills. Thanks to everyone who contacted me with so many … Continue reading

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My mate Tom Mac Donald RIP.

Tom MacDonald I have the just had the sad news of my pal Tom MacDonald died on Thursday at his home in Dundee. I have no other news as yet. It was a huge shock as I thought the man … Continue reading

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Meal Fuar – mhonaidh 699 metres (Hill of the Cold Mass)

I was offered a short day on the hill yesterday with Dianne and Dottie and we left at a descent time 0800 on quiet roads for Loch Ness, The plan was the Meal Fuar – mhonaidh 699 metres. This wee … Continue reading

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200 years of HM Coastguards. Thank you.

Over my many years in Mountain Rescue I was privileged to work with many Agencies. Yet I was always happy to work with the HM. Coastguards in my early days we had many exercises one I remember was on Hoy. … Continue reading

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Point Five Gully Ben Nevis. A few takes from 1959 on wards.

1959 – 16 Jan 1959 J.M.Alexander, I.S Clough, D. Pipes, R.Shaw. To many on Ben Nevis Point Five Gully is perhaps the most famous gully in Scotland, and one of the world’s most sought-after winter climbs. Its first ascent, led … Continue reading

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