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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.

Wessex Memories. Helicopter Mountaineering, refuelling from barrels and the odd story.

I just found this photo of the Wessex troops, we had some fun with them over the years great days in that helicopter. Great drop of and pick ups, my favourite was a trip to the Island of  Eigg climb … Continue reading

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Ticks please be aware? Good advice from Scottish Mountain Rescue.

Ticks The last weekend I was out in the hills the last thing I was thinking about was ticks! Despite a thorough search I found another sheep tick again after the hill walk when I got home as did another … Continue reading

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“Who wants to live forever” Queen – Big Al – The Highlander !    

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Some Character – Born to live forever – Al MacLeod. If going to the Alps please ensure you have Insurance.

Big Al MacLeod I was asked for some guide books for the Alps yesterday and I mentioned Insurance to the young couple and gave them some advice of past ventures after about 20 trips to the Alps. Looking through some … Continue reading

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Great News Drone Assisted Rescue on Broad Peak.

It was great to see that the Scottish climber Rick Allan was spotted by a drone after he had a problem descending from Broad Peak in the Himalayas. Broad Peak (Urdu: بروڈ پیک‎)[2] is the 12th highest mountain in the … Continue reading

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Jenny Graham Round the World Attempt update

Jenny latest update thanks to venturesyndicate 16 July – Current location: Khongor, Mongolia Miles covered so far: 5,126 Estimated miles to go: 12,874 We are out of RUSSIA! Jen managed to make it across the border with only the obligatory … Continue reading

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75 years of RAF Mountain Rescue. Thanks for the feedback on the piece on Village Halls. The Duty cook! Everyone had to do it.

Village Hall feedback from Mark Hartree  – Inverailort castle was my most memorable place with a quite interesting host in Mrs Cameron Head. It had a post office that she ran and generally smelt of cat pee. I had a … Continue reading

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