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Heavy is available for Lectures on Mountain Safety, A life of Mountaineering, Everest, Mountain Rescue including Lockerbie.
He is available to lecture on various subjects, these can be tailored to what the client or audience wants.
He has lectured in the USA, Bermuda and Canada as well as at Ft William and Dundee Mountain Festivals and a Series on Mountain Safety in Aviemore , Scotland.

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Upcoming Events

8pm, 20th February - Cairngorm Hotel, Aviemore


Ian Rideout - Chief Executive, Outfit Moray

"I've known Heavy for many years through his involvement with mountain rescue, as leader of RAF MRT's and his various roles on the executive of the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland. His experience of the mountains knows no bounds, his expertise in mountain search & rescue is unparalleled and his ability to engage audiences is remarkable. His approach to delivering lectures to a variety of groups irrespective of their understanding; his mix of anecdote, practical example, pragmatism and life long desire to effect change, run true in all his words both spoken and written. Heavy, who is our much valued patron, recently opened our series of fundraising 'Spirit of Adventure' Talks, drawing a record crowd and helping us generate a significant amount of income."

November 2015

Anne Butler - The Munro Society

"The Munro Society was honored to have mountain rescue legend Heavy Whalley as our guest after dinner speaker in Grantown on Spey this weekend. Heavy entertained the audience with anecdotes from a career spent in the mountains both for work and pleasure. Heavy's enthusiasm for the hills shone through, his motivation for completing long cross country walks, the camaraderie of nights spent in bothies and fighting against the elements. Stories of Teallach the 'Munro Dog', rescues that seemed hopeless but ended happily and the emotional strain of dealing with the loved ones of the missing, all interwoven with a deeper safety message for all of us still out enjoying the hills. It was a speech that all those attending could relate to and the huge round of applause at the end spoke for itself!"

October 2015

Simon Birch - Chairman of the Mountain Bothies Association

"The AGM of the Mountain Bothies Association was held in the Village hall in Newtonmore on 17th October 2015 and was very well attended by Members and friends. This was a special occasion, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the MBA. Following the formal business David "Heavy"" Whalley was invited to make an illustrated presentation in order to entertain and to educate the meeting! Heavy succeeded magnificently, tracing his involvement in Mountain Rescue over many years, with excellent photographs, and demonstrating the importance of bothies in the provision of emergency shelter in many situations. All in all, an excellent presentation which set the MBA in good spirits for the remainder of the evenings entertainment."

October 2015

Mick Womersley - Professor of Human Ecology at Unity College Maine, USA

"Heavy is a brilliant speaker and quite the humorist, although there are elements of sadness to his show as he discusses the Lockerbie Disaster and mountain tragedies, or the condition of Tibet under Chinese occupation. Very human and humane. The photography is particularly excellent. Our students said Heavy was the best speaker of the year in our weekly lecture series, and they certainly had the most questions for him afterwards."

Alfie Ingram - Chair at Dundee Mountain Film Festival

"Dave's presentation based on extensive research, as well as his own personal experience of over 800 rescues whilst serving with both the military and civilian mountain rescue services was very well received by an enthralled audience. Delivered in his own inimitable style, the presentation was both informative and entertaining, the lively dialogue being ably supported by an excellent set of images of both historical and topical interest.

Overall an excellent presentation guaranteed to interest and inspire the layperson and the mountain enthusiast alike."

George McEwan - Executive Officer at Mountain Training Scotland

"I've known David since the mid-nineties where we met in Argentiere whilst climbing. Since then we have worked with each other, largely in a mountain rescue related context, both on rescues and on training opportunities. I would whole heartedly recommend David as both an engaging and very witty speaker and as someone who, after spending many years involved in mountain rescue and mountaineering, as an authority on all things related to this activity."

Al Slyvester MBE - Cover Supervisor at Faringdon Community College

"David is an outstanding lecturer who has provided an array of presentations around the world. He has a gift of not only passing on his ownbreath taking personal experiences, but also his magnetic enthusiasm encouraging others to potentially push their own personal goals further that they originally thought. David is without doubt one of the best presenters I have ever experience."

Heather Lawrie - Manager at Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

"I have worked with Heavy and used his expertise and vast knowledge whilst producing several Rescue related thesis. He is a font of knowledge in emergency management but also has the ability to combine this with a good dose of common sense wrapped up in his own charismatic style. You won't regret working with this man!"

Peter Kirkpatrick - Consultant Facilitator at Oman Sail

"David Whalley is more than just an old colleague from RAF Mountain Rescue days, he is a amazing people's person with an appetite for life, adventure and a good 'craic.' His natural humour and outgoing personality where a great resource during his many epic and knowledge gaining experiences. If you are thinking of inviting David to your Event, relax - you'll definitely get value for your money."

Eric Pirie - Director of Operations at Prometheus AlphaMed Ltd

"David is a consistently entertaining, educational and engaging lecturer on many mountaineering subjects from Munros to Mountain Rescue. I can fully recommend his services."

John Mulgrew - PGA Master Professional and Consultant

"David is a highly gifted and experienced individual with an enthusiastic, passionate and engaging personality who touches everyone he comes into contact with."

John Chapman - Director at Northern Trainers Limited

"I have known David since the 1980's he has always been good at talking, but unlike a lot of people, he is always worth listening to. His depth of knowledge and vast experience both in mountaineering and practical leadership at the sharp end of search and rescue, make him unique as a speaker. Thought provoking and will make you re-evaluate your outlook, whatever your profession."