Sunday, August 30, 2009

Postcard from Heavy

For those of you who are new to the blog, Heavy is our UK penpal and statistician for the Scottish Mountain Rescue Committee, as well as a former RAF Mountain rescue "troop" of renown. He sends regular emails with photos of his activities.

Just back from 5 days up North West near Ullapool, at Elphin it was wet and windy and the midges were awful, worst ever. We still managed a good few days on the hills.

I was with friends John and Mary Cosgrove, I was their best man in late 70's and Martin Frew and Kenny Kennworthy, both were my Deputies when we were in the RAF at Leuchars and Kinloss in the Mountain Rescue. Kenny is moving away to Edinburgh next month so this was his last trip for a while. Martin (Raz) is in North Wales now.

Day one was Reiff small sea cliffs near Stac Polly,the weather was amazing blue skies and sun. We then went to Sulliven, a long walk in, John and Kenny kayaked in from the bothy and we met on the ridge. What a hill, and situation, one of the best. There were a pair of eagles near the summit, wonderful. Next day the weather was wild but Kenny and Martin climbed Stac Polly, we went to Ullapool then to Reiff when the weather improved. Kenny fished twice and caught some trout, he also got a hook in his finger which John sorted! The last day was wet and the midges were crazy till we got high and did Conival and Ben More Assynt, I went to the aircraft crash nearby. A very sad place where the crew are still buried on the site, the only one in UK where the crew were left where they crashed in March 1941 it was a Avro Anson from Kinloss. The hills are looking good and the heather really beautiful, what a smell of the heather when you come of the hills. Knee was sore so I took it easy and did not do last two hills but had a great walk to the crash site. Weather and daylight starting to change getting colder on the hills, winter not far away!

The bothy we stayed at is such a great place at Elphin with a view of Sullivan, It was a great trip,with good friends. I am taking it easy at weekend get ready for off to Arran for the annual golf trip from 4 Sept Lochranza for a week.

Hope all is well
""David "Heavy" Whalley MBE.BEM

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