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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.

A short walk – Beleach Na Ba – Applecross a place that never fails to impress.

Yesterday I was offered a trip to Applecross by a pal Pete Amphlett we went in his van  it was not an early start we left at 0900 from my house. It was a stunning day bitter cold but no … Continue reading

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Crampons – strap on step in to the future and the Canadian influence!

How crampons have changed winter mountaineering! As the weather hits the coldest projected day this winter many will be heading out, I am off to the West for a foray its forecast – 4. If we find some roadside ice … Continue reading

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Ice axes – The MacInnes Peck/ Terror and the Classic Chouinard Zero axe and hammer.

This was my first ice axe actually it’s a North Wall hammer made by Hamish MacInnes for the military as I said in the last blog and was a beast, heavy and indestructible.. At least Hamish made his money out … Continue reading

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Boots,Crampons and ice axes – Some early experiences!

My first time i wore crampons was on my first day with the RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Team at Kintail in February 1972. I was wearing the famous curly boots a simple lightweight boot with 3 pairs of socks and … Continue reading

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1996 – DENALI ALASKA – Memories.

Alaska  memories? I naively asked  Paul Roderick why they call it “One Shot Pass” and got a laugh in response. It’s the best shot you have for flying a direct route to Kahiltna Base Camp. Our plane lifted up out of … Continue reading

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BRITISH JOINT SERVICES ALASKA EXPEDITION 1962 – Denali

I just found a great article on a BRITISH JOINT SERVICES ALASKA EXPEDITION 1962 from the Diaries of John Hinde it gives a great description of the early days of climbing on Denali.  Many thanks to Fiona Wild John’s daughter for … Continue reading

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BRITISH JOINT SERVICES ALASKA EXPEDITION 1962

Originally posted on John Hinde's Diaries:
The Climber Vol. 1 No. 2. Monday 4th June 1962 Met Ken and Chud at the Knightsbridge Barracks of the Household Cavalry. We had some jugs in the NCO’s Mess and then a…

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