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"Heavy" Whalley was a member of the RAF Mountain Rescue (MR) for 36 years. He was the Team Leader of RAF Leuchars, RAF Kinloss and Deputy Team leader at RAF Valley in North Wales. Heavy spent his last four years working in the Rescue Co-ordination Centre at RAF Kinloss giving him a unique insight into Rescue in the UK.

He was the Senior Team leader at the Lockerbie Disaster and has been involved in over 1000 Mountain and over 80 Aircraft incidents in mountainous areas. He was a member of the Executive of The Scottish mountain Rescue Committee for over 20 years , serving for 5 years as the Accident Statistician and 3 years as Chairman. He was awarded the BEM, MBE and the Distinguished Service Award for Service to Mountain Rescue. He is an Honorary member of the Torridon and Kinlochewe MRT and Search and Rescue Dog Association Scotland.

As an active climber and walker he climbs every week and is a member of the SMC and Moray Mountaineering club.

He has climbed in most parts of the world and has completed the Munros several times and was a member of the succesful 2001 Everest North Ridge Expedition.