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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 Ben Lui Jaguar crash 27 November 1979

The RAF Mountain Rescue are there to recover aircrew from crashed aircraft and also work with the Air Investigation Board (AIB) after van incident. This can happen on any high mountainous ground after an aircraft is located can be on … Continue reading

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Viscount aircraft crash Ben More Crianlarich 19 Jan 1973

One of my first aircraft searches was for a Missing Viscount aircraft from Glasgow airport that crashed on Ben More (Crainlarich) in the winter 19 -23 January 1973. The aircraft was on a short air test from Glasgow. The two … Continue reading

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The old Man of Stoer and an early ascent. What a classic day out The late Tom Patey and mates thank you!

I have plenty of time just now to look back on some classic days . The Old man of Storr was one of these just along the Coast from Lochinver. Its a sea cliff that brings back so many memories. … Continue reading

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While based at RAF Kinloss (March 1949)

Originally posted on John Hinde's Diaries:
While based at RAF Kinloss, aged 21 Friday, 18 March 1949. Mountain Rescue truck to Glen Nevis Youth Hostel. At 8.00pm Chuck and I left hostel, walked about two and a half miles…

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What’s your classic photo? Mid 50’s – Johnnie Lees and John Hinde rock climbing.

The photo above is of two incredible men. John Hinde and Johnnie Lees both in RAF Mountain Rescue. Johnie Lees was a legend who I finally met in 2001 we had a great chat and I will never forget it … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on the Winter Ascent on K2 by Sherpas. In praise of the finest Mountain Folk.

I am so pleased that the winter ascent of K2 was climbed by a Sherpa team. They are a great people and I have been so lucky to met so many over years. I am so privileged having climbed in … Continue reading

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Keep looking after those we love. Do not forget those alone. Good news K2 climbed in winter by Sherpa Team.

This second Lockdown is hard going for us all most will have blip. Or lockdown blues. Try to remain upbeat as you can get your daily exercise and think good thoughts . As the lockdown continues its well worth remembering … Continue reading

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Hill foods ideas from the comments?

Thank you all I had so many replies from the blog on Hill Food some of the favourites mentioned. In the old days we used to take a few Guinness the night before / not recommended today ? On the … Continue reading

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Hill Food – update 2021 “The MR ethos, I recall, seemed to be that copious Guinness the night before provided suitable nutrition for the following day. All you needed was water to top things up. As a physiologist, I now see that this was patently horse shite”

In winter it is important you eat well and on the hill recently I was asked about food for the hill. In winter with the effect of the weather, the wind and a bit bigger bag, maybe deep snow the … Continue reading

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Unsung unassuming Heroes within RAF Mountain Rescue.

In the military its usually the Leaders that get rewarded as that is how the establishment see it. I always thought that any recognition should be to the whole team. One of these is my old mate Joss Gosling one … Continue reading

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