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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.

Just another weekend 15/17 Sept 1978 Tyndrum – Ben Cruachan and the 4 Munros and a night in a cave on Colonsay

I have just been looking through my old diaries and amazingly I was at Tyndrum that weekend ! We would have been staying in the old Staff Quarters near the Hotel! Or it may have been the Village Hall I … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Winter – Up and away as daylight is getting shorter. Part 1 Planning, Torches, Maps and night wanders?

This weekend I am off on the hill for a short day at last a day out away from the bike. The nights are getting darker, winter is coming and I was checking my torch, sadly it was not working … Continue reading

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Jenny Graham Update on her Unsupported round the World Cycle Record Attempt. 13086 miles in!

Jenny is now in Canada after an incredible journey through Alaska! 13086 miles in ! What a lassie despite all kinds of problems she is going great ! I am in awe and hope she stays safe and well. This … Continue reading

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Working with the Media fir the Cycle to Syracuse Memorial.

I have had a few comments about my use of the media in the build up to our Cycle to Syracuse ! They are : Why are you so busy, should you not let this be forgotten ? As to me … Continue reading

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Hawick visit meeting a legend and the new Borders Distillery a great day. Working with sheep !

Yesterday was a day with my great pals Lyle and Judy we had breakfast in Hawick at a local cafe. The Almond Tree! This is a community cafe set up in Hawick to help young people find jobs and training … Continue reading

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Media Day in Lockerbie yesterday for Cycle to Syracuse memorial tour. Incredibly blessed to have such support from so many. Thanks to all.

Yesterday I was staying in the Borders with my pal and his wife and Lyle drove me to Lockerbie for the planned press day. We had some time and I took Lyle to the cemetery where the Lockerbie memorial is … Continue reading

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Heading to Lockerbie for the PR launch of our Cycle to Syracuse Memorial Tour. “Look back Act Forward !” What this means to me and those I care about.

Today I will be in Lockerbie with the rest of my tea mates for a media day for our Cycle to Syracuse Memorial Team. It will be an interesting day ahead. It is important that we get the message out … Continue reading

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