Category Archives: mountain safety

Tragedy on Ben Nevis December 1956.

The 1957 SMC Journal “ 25 December 1956 – Group of 5 benighted in a blizzard on plateau after climbing South Castle Gully Ben Nevis ( Carn Dearg) Survivor got down to Fort William on 26 th December. Rescue party … Continue reading

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Missing person Harvey Christian – Ben Nevis

From Lochaber MRT The last two days have seen the team search for the missing person Harvey Christian who failed to return from Ben Nevis on Friday 27th January. With extremely challenging weather conditions which did not allow helicopter assistance. … Continue reading

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Ray Sefton Sunshine – one of the best . The Way it was.

Ray Sefton (Sunshine) was and still is one of the best people I have met. He joined the RAF in 1956 when National Service was still going. The RAF Mountain Rescue Teams were full of characters, many who were excellent … Continue reading

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Pete McGowan – another character of the hills. RAF Mountain Rescue, Mount Kenya and Dhaulagiri 1V.

Pete McGowan was an ex RAF MRT team leader. Pete was an amazing guy and he sorted out the “RAF Kinloss Team ” in the mid 70’s. What a leader and some task master, he was known throughout Mountain Rescue … Continue reading

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John Hinde another great character.

I was very fortunate to meet so many great mentors in RAF Mountain Rescue. John Hinde was one who helped me a lot and gave me so much of the history of the Mountain Rescue Service. John was a superb … Continue reading

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The Tragsitz – some memories!

The Tragsitz was used widely in the Alps and Jonnie Lees was a exponent of it. The finest achievement of Lees’s career – for which he became the only man to be awarded the George Medal for a cliff rescue … Continue reading

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A few memories good & bad of snow holing.

A pal asked me recently if when I am feeling better would fancy going snow holing this winter? It brought back so many memories some good some bad of some wild nights in the Cairngorms and Ben Nevis. In those … Continue reading

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Cold Bivouac’s – what’s yours ?

Most of the bivouacs in my early days in these days the bivouac gear was basic. Orange polythene bags were the standard. This was the early 80’s a few on call-outs. My worst one was on Skye in 1982 on … Continue reading

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Seaking Crash / 28 Jan1989 Craig Meaghaidh from Lochaber Mrt archives.

We all take the work of the SAR helicopters, most who have flown in wild weather have their own tales. I have had my share sadly I was there when the Wessex crashed on Ben More Crianlarich killing the Team … Continue reading

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Over in the beautiful West Coast.

The weather has improved from the wet and windy weather on the drive over. We had a couple of lovely low level walls round the Coast surrounded by Loch Torridon . Ben Alligin was looking spectacular snow covered and looking … Continue reading

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