Hamish MacInnes was a world authority on mountain rescue. For over forty-five years as an international mountaineer and a founder/leader of the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team he took part in numerous expeditions to the great mountain ranges as well as pioneering new routes from the Caucasus to the New Zealand Alps. He designed the first all-metal ice axe and was at the forefront of dropped-pick technology with his Terrordactyl design. He developed special mountain rescue stretchers, which are now used worldwide, and pioneered techniques for transporting casualties safely and quickly from the mountains in the event of an accident.
Hamish was founder of the Search and Rescue Dog Association as well as an Honorary Member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club and an ex President of the Alpine Climbing Group, and was awarded the O.B.E. and B.E.M. for services to mountain rescue and sport.
He was a member of the Scottish Sporting Hall of Fame and has written 21 books. His ‘International Mountain Rescue Handbook’ has been in constant print since 1972. Hamish also held five Honorary Doctorates.
He worked on several hundred documentaries and movies and Hollywood has also made use of his talents. He played a lead role in filming the dangerous climbing sequences with Clint Eastwood in ‘The Eiger Sanction’ and advised on several other major films.
He climbed on many of the most dramatic and dangerous peaks and ranges on the planet. The Eiger, the Matterhorn and Everest are well known but he also explored in the Caucasus, New Zealand and South America. Recording his travels and exploits in his numerous books he inspired subsequent generations to head for the hills and the world’s wild places.
He will be sadly missed.