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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.

#takithame – Rubbish left in another wonderful area.

This was from a pal Ron Walker and Fiona Chappel after a day on the hills in the wonderful Sgur Ruadh area. This is a wonderful area with incredible scenery, great stalking paths, wild life and so many mountains, Munros … Continue reading

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Loose rock on Lochnagar – Please be aware. Its an annual event on most big mountains.

As we all start venturing out please be advised that many of the mountains will have loose rock. Few have been on the big cliffs recently and loose rock is always a objective danger in Mountaineering. Glencoe has already had … Continue reading

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A big thanks to Willie Anderson Cairngorm MRT.

From Cairngorm MRT Facebook Page “It is with mixed emotions that we make the announcement that Willie Anderson has stepped down as Team Leader of CMRT. A huge thanks from the team for all the years hard work both on … Continue reading

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The hidden costs of the Voluntary Rescue Services.

A friend started a discussion on the RAF Mountain Rescue Facebook page. He mentioned with great honestly the difficult period for relationships and many families have when their loved one joins a Mountain Rescue Team. Like many voluntary Services, the … Continue reading

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First day out since Lock down – The Corbett Carn a’ Chuillin 2677 feet/ 816 metres. A wet but so good to be out again.

It was the first day we had been allowed to travel to the hills and I did not want to be with the crowds in the honeypot areas. My pal Babs had a Corbett near Fort Augustus to climb Carn … Continue reading

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Where to go ?

Toilet matters – some loos may be closed what do you do on the hill? www. Mountaineering Scotland “Avoid causing pollution by urinating at least 30 m away from open water/rivers/streams and burying solid waste as far as possible from … Continue reading

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Update from Mountaineering Scotland. 3 July 2020

Update from Mountaineering Scotland has produced amended guidelines for walkers and climbers in Scotland for the further relaxations in Phase 2 of the Scottish Government route map for easing lockdown restrictions, which came into effect on 3 July 2020. The … Continue reading

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Knoydart Rescue – July 1981

Some memories and photos from Alex Gillespie On a Skye Trek with John Hinde and Outward Bound Loch Eil we became involved in the rescue of a young … Knoydart Rescue – July 1981

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The Big Fall – “The Hill” Creag Dubh Sept 83

The Big Fall. We all had a weekend off for a Team wedding at Craigellachie. It was a Classic Highland wedding with lots of whisky. At this time a few of us we’re mad about climbing and had planned to … Continue reading

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Looking back today on the last 100 days there have been some interesting thoughts that are in my head.

Lots of emotions and thoughts over the last 100 days. Sadness. At first there was great sadness as my grand kids moved South. I was so used to seeing them regularly that hurt. I did fear for the future for … Continue reading

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