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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.

My first weekend at Kintail – Jan 1972 some memories. Mullach na Dheiragain and another remote hill to start on.

I will never forget my first weekend out with the RAF Mountain Rescue it was to Kintail in January 1972. It is etched in my mind. I had arrived at RAF Kinloss with the full intention of joining the RAF … Continue reading

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Visit to Beinn Eighe to the Lancaster Crash by the RAF Lossiemouth MRT. Many thanks.

Beinn Eighe in 1951 was a place a lot different from today, it was a remote area with simple roads and though one of the best mountains in Scotland was in winter a serious undertaking. Beinn Eighe is the bulkiest … Continue reading

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The Eyes have it!

I wrote a blog yesterday it must have sounded a bit gloomy sorry as I got a few calls about it.  I wrote that I had to go private to get my Cataracts done a 47 week waiting list just … Continue reading

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Sadly no hills. Thoughts of two good pals . They make you think how lucky we are . Little things like eyesight snags and a great Scottish rugby result.

  Sadly I never got on the Moray Mountaineering Club Bus to Dalwhinnie today my cough was back so I have to take it easy and a wet cold day on the hills is not what I need. I hope … Continue reading

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A powerful piece by “Mountain Magic” on the tragic events on the Avalanche on Ben Nevis.

This is an article by Mountain Magic. I read it and asked Paul who wrote if I could reproduce it. It is written with incredible feeling after the tragic Avalanche on Ben Nevis. Andy was there along with other Mountain … Continue reading

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Thoughts on another tragedy – looking after those involved. 

Thoughts on another tragedy – looking after those involved. Every time there is a mountain tragedy my phone rings and it is the media after a quote or a few words. A few want the sensational quote or even criticism … Continue reading

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Tragic Day on Ben Nevis

This is from Lochaber MRT Facebook page – my thoughts are with the families and all those involved in the tragedy. I know the Mountain well and many in the Mountain Rescue Teams involved my thoughts as always are with … Continue reading

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