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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 Cromdales and a visit to the crash site of a RAF Armstrong Whitworth Whitley, Carn a’ Ghille Chearr, 710 metres Cromdale Hills.

I have visited the Cromdales a few times mainly on the odd winter course when we skied from Grantown on Spey. This was due to heavy snow at various years stopping us going to the Cairngorms. Yet I have never … Continue reading

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An Teallach memories. Recent and Past.

An Teallach – to see it’s jagged profile in the distance makes any mountaineer want to reach its summits. This to me is best seen from “Destitution Road” the A832 which has a sad history built during a time of … Continue reading

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“Lost on Bidean nam Bian and a early meeting with Hamish MacInnes

Bidean nam Bian is more a mountain range than a single mountain, a huge and complex mass of dramatic crags, ridges and summits towering on the south side of Glen Coe. The main summit is hidden from the road behind … Continue reading

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Fathers Day ! Thanks Dad .

Today is Father’s Day it always makes me think of my Dad who passed away over 35 years ago. I wrote this piece a few years ago and memories came flooding back of how incredible parents I had.   My … Continue reading

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Takithame ? Good Karma seeing the Dolphins . Marine waste.

The other day I dragged a lot of plastic netting old fishing gear near the cycle track. I had passed it for several years like so many but decided to do something so I dragged it onto the fence. Hoping … Continue reading

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More On Quotes.

There were some great quotes I thought I would share them with you all. “You can’t carry experience youth” “There’s old climbers and there’s bold climbers. But there’s no old bold climbers” The mountains are not a gymnasium for your … Continue reading

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What’s your favourite quotes?

One of my favourite is : “Looking back on these wild free days in the open I realize my happiest memories are of the suntanned faces of my old companions” Belmore Browne Another: “A man’s best moments seem to go … Continue reading

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Sept 1978 – Dutch Atlantic aircraft crashed in the sea off Colonsay . All crew recovered safely.

14 September 1978 – A Dutch surveillance Breguet crashed in the sea west of Scotland after the explosion of the right RollsRoyce engine. Everyone was okay and they were all rescued by helicopter. The sea luckily was flat calm and … Continue reading

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Colonsay Day – 4 visit Dun Gallain an ancient Fort. Great last day wandering.Seeing the Waverley Steamer.

At last we had a day out Kalie as she had finished her bee course. We had the ferry late early evening so we had a wander from Colonsay Golf course to look for the old fort at Dun Gallain. … Continue reading

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Day 3 Colonsay -The Strand

Today was another day with Islay the collie. Ksllie was away on her last day of bee keeping . Last nights night we watched A Sherlock Holmes film involving Bees! The weather again was superb so we were away for … Continue reading

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