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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.

Its Clavie Night in Burghead – come early wear old clothes. Starts at 1800.

Clavie 11 Jan 2018.   Tonight   is Clavie night in Burghead (The Broch)and the town will be busy as many come and see this annual fire festival to celebrate the Pictish New Year! The village doubles to twice the size … Continue reading

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Great memories

Looking through some old photos the one above is a Moray Mountaineering Club Meet on the Island of Eigg. We took the chance of climbing the Sgurr in full snow cover. How lucky were we to spend a few days … Continue reading

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As we wait for winter: A land of blue skies, pillars of ice, no crowds Canada Ice early days – 1983.

1983 Canada Ice – The dream ice climbing venue. Koflachs boots and basic ice screws. As we wait for winter my mind goes back to some great winter days and a special trip to Canada.  A land of blue skies  … Continue reading

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The Kegworth Air Disaster a few thoughts. Thinking of all those who lost their lives and the Agencies involved including RAF MRT.

Few will realise that after Lockerbie Tragedy in December 2018 a few weeks later on this day there was another Aircraft crash.   Again the RAF Mountain Rescue Teams Stafford and RAF Linton on Ouse/Leeming were on scene and I … Continue reading

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Guy Lacelle 1954 – 2009

I was looking at some old diaries and Guy name came up. I am trying to get a photo of him with us. We had decided to go to Canada it was the idea of Tom Mac Donald and Mark … Continue reading

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Kintail Days a few memories.

I was at Kintail for the New Year and had a great time what an area the sea and the mountains make this a special place here are a few memories. My first weekend in Mountain Rescue at RAF Kinloss … Continue reading

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Short walk in the Cairngorms.

Yesterday I met up with two pals and had a short walk in the Cairngorms. The weather was a bit misty and cold a little snow but ice in places. It’s a bare looking Cairngorm you just now. Yet winter … Continue reading

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