/ NEWS: RAF Mountaineer Awarded MBE
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Three Cheers for Wing Commander David Tait MBE.
Hip Hip....hurrah !
Hip Hip... hurrah !
Hip Hip....hurrah !
Like over paid Footballers and managers?
Congrats! Though he might want to learn which end of the quickdraw to clip. :p
"As well as putting several British climbers and sherpas on the summit of Makalu in 2008"
Bit of editing needed here me thinks??
Damn treasonable comments what ! In my day that sort of talk would see you facing a posting to Wagga Wagga land or worse...Scotland.
If I had my way you would be horse whipped to bally Timbucktoo !
A great number of young servicemen and women have benifited from Dave's work.
i agree but not for climbing mountains when there ppl on the front line
as an ex raf guy i know about rama and raf mrt but i still stand by my original post
Why would you want someone "far more deserving" to receive a "meaningless" award? Surely if its a meaningless award then the less deserving are more than welcome to it.
also dave got free trips to big hills on full wages how hard is it when we like climbing .
wind your neck in koolkat, sounds like your a wee bit jealous of dave, its getting 'free' trips one thing but actually organizing the trips is another thing. Oh and the trip to Makalu was about £2000 personal contribution, thats far from free if you ask me.
Well done Dave Tait, hope the toes heal a.s.a.p.
Sporting oppourtunities such as mountaineering do much to develop personnel, improve morale, retention and provide more capable personnel to the front line. During a time when the forces are working extremely hard at home and overseas it takes particular forebearance to organise complicated expeditions such as Makalu - as well as doing a very busy day job.
Most expeditions require substantial personal contributions. Makalu 2008 was also sponsored by a number of organisations.
An attempt on the SE Ridge and traverse of the mountain - walking! Both this and the main climbing team were very challenging mountaineering endeavours.
The team of young servicemen and women did however do a challenging trek - we all have to start somewhere.
All the participants in the expedition did plenty of 'proper climbing' during the training, ticking off a number of classics.
and u think they cant raise some of that £2000 from the raf ive been there n done that on trips and in real terms there still geting paid so how much is it really costing , but thats not the issue here no jelosy here just think think theres more deserving cases
Taiter (as he was called back in the HQ 1 Div days) is an excellent bloke and a real character.
Yes in the Forces we do get to go on cheap and excellent climbing trips.
I am off to the Dolomites for two weeks on Fri, I am also off to Afghanistan for six months next year.
Thats the package.
If you fancy it join up.
I'll have to correct you on the club for the boys comment. It most definitely is not. Any observer at the recent RAF climbing championship will have noted the large number of young junior ranks competeting. In fact all but one of the 10 winners across all the catergories were junior ranks. All RAF personnel are welcome to join and reguarly take part in meets and expeds. The joint services Makalu exped included a junior team of guys in their first 3 years of service - 7 junior ranks and one officer + instructors. Nearly all of the team on the popular Lofoten exped last year were non-commissioned.
I don't know what experience your comment is based on but if it ever was accurate it isn't now. If you are still serving or have served you would be welcome along any time.
We are actively trying to reach out to more young servicemen and women and are pleased that over half of our membership is non-commissioned. Not that it matters - its all first name terms with us. We like to leave work at work! It's not about rank, its all about enjoying the climbing.
I don't think it appropriate to discuss finance on here but we make sure that lower paid ranks are not disadvantaged.
By the time they've paid their mess bills the Ruperts could be classed as financialy disadvantaged.
I don't know where you are coming from with your critism about image but we have a variety of people young and old in the club climbing diff - E4/5 and everyone seems to get along fine most of the time! I don't think there are many posers around either.
Sort of agree with you about RAFMA, being inclusive not!
It not what you know its who you know rather than rank being the problem.
PS to Alex, was a RAFMA member many years ago, climbed loads of times with spud back at Valley, know a load of the top guys in it but never had the time due to other commitments.
Join it if you are in the RAF, on an non MR unit, as it can be the best opertunity to go climbing and meet some top guys.
You are right - this was all about recognising Dave (of the many nick-names, it seems!).
As with many clubs we did use to have something of a reputation for 'cliqueyness'. I don't think this is the case any more - ask any new member who has come along recently. We have our own forum online so anyone has the chance to get involved with all the trips and events nowdays.
I've no wish to have a fight with anyone but we are all keen to get all RAF climbers involved with RAFMA - hence our profile on here. We have loads of MR guys on our membership and trips and a good bunch they are too.
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