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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.

Burghead remembers !

On Remembrance day , from 8-00 am, Sunday Nov 11th, the names of the 52 Burghead men who lost their lives in the First World War will be written in the sand off the Slappy in Burghead. These names will … Continue reading

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Looking back to Syracuse Lockerbie and the future.

This time last week I was being taken to hospital in America and diagnosed with acute bronchitis that could have turned into pneumonia. I was mlooked after and got some penicillin and steroids allowing me to make the journey home. … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget 7 December 1982 – USA F111 Crash Isle of Skye. Thank

Ten 10 days ago I was at Arlington Cemetery in the USA and that is where we started our journey to Cycle to Syracuse in memory of the Lockerbie victims involved in the tragic events in 1988. The Cemetery is … Continue reading

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Mountain Aid safety talks next week all free entry and I am sure it will be a good night.

Next week I am away doing the Mountain Aid Talks that run from Monday to Friday. Last year I did the same and enjoyed the week and met so many folk. It is great to get out and talk to … Continue reading

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A wee chat to my local ladies of the Woman’s Guild in Burghead, memories of my Mum.

  I am still chasing jet lag with my return from the USA, Yesterday was so busy catching up doing washing and up at 0400 time clock gone. Then it was get things done shopping make soup for my old … Continue reading

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Home at last from Cycle to Syracuse.

It’s been some journey but what a incredible thing to do and be part of at last I am home. I am as many know an used to tragedy and spend time with relatives over the years. I knew this … Continue reading

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Helicopter debate

This is a few thoughts after reading a few posts. Sadly some poor posts have got extremely personal and that will not sort anything out. Mountain Rescue is changing and so is the world . There are various problems but … Continue reading

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