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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.

A visit with Geoff a relative of the Beinn Eighe Lancaster crash crew to the Memorial at RAF Lossiemouth.

Yesterday the body was struggling after a busy few days and I was walking like the “tin man”but after sorting out my gear I had a busy afternoon. Geoff who was with us yesterday on the walk up Beinn Eighe … Continue reading

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Early start for Beinn Eighe from Achintee Ben Nevis to Torridon a wet day. A humbling experience among the great cliffs.

Sat night – I had an easy night leaving the group to relax after a lovely day on the Ben where we stayed at the Ben Nevis Achintee bunkhouse. I was up at 0500 had a quick breakfast and then … Continue reading

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Grand day on the Ben with the crowds – “and still they come” watch the sun lots of sun burnt folk about.

It was lovely day on Ben Nevis I was out with some old friends taking there pals up the hill. They had travelled from mainly down South a long drive up North Jenny visiting Elma at Crianlarich on route. Seemingly … Continue reading

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Good night in Fort William heading up Ben Nevis .

I am heading up Ben Nevis today with a big group containing several old pals from Mountain Rescue. Most have come from the Stafford area and arrived at all times last night! They have a lot of pals and we … Continue reading

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On way to Ben Nevis

I had a grand drive down to Glencoe today it was a superb day the hills were stunning! Snow was still high up on the hills but every thing was so green. This is superb time of year to see … Continue reading

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The Great Mull mystery a missing aircraft and pilot Christmas 1975 !

Last night I was called on the phone by an old pal Andy MacDade and his partner Marion. Andy was with me in my early days (1974 )in RAF Mountain Rescue in the RAF Kinloss Team. He was up North … Continue reading

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Lost pictures of the West Ridge of Everest 

Lost pictures of the West Ridge of Everest Many will note it is Everest Season just now and the usual media is full of the stars and the annual pilgrimage to the highest mountain in the World. I was very lucky … Continue reading

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