2022 Annual Dinner
The annual dinner is taking place on Friday 30 September at the Invercarse Hotel in Dundee. We are pleased to announce David ‘Heavy’ Whalley as our guest speaker.
David was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue for 37 years, was Team Leader at RAF Leuchars and RAF Kinloss, and Deputy Team leader at RAF Valley, in North Wales. For the last four years he has worked at the ARCC Aeronautical Rescue Co-ordination Centre at RAF Kinloss, giving him a unique insight into Rescue in the UK. He joined the Torridon MRT after leaving the RAF and served with them for 3 years until retirement.
David was Senior Team leader at the Lockerbie Disaster and has been involved in over 1000 mountain and over 80 aircraft incidents in mountainous areas. He has been awarded the BEM, MBE, and Distinguished Service Award for Service to Mountain Rescue. He is an honorary member of the Torridon and Kinlochewe MRT and SARDA Scotland, and in 2022 he took over as President of SARDA Scotland from Hamish MacInnes. He is still an active walker and climber, and has climbed the Munros 7 times and the Corbetts once. He has climbed in most parts of the world, on over 30 expeditions, and was a member of the successful RAF MRT 2001 Everest North Ridge Expedition. He is a regular contributor on TV and radio on Mountaineering and Mountain Rescue, and his daily blog has in excess of 1,500,000 hits www.heavywhalley.com