News has reached us of the death of our member, Jeremy Whitehead.

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#4 Pamela Holt 2020-08-25 13:07
Very sad to learn that Jeremy is no longer with us. When I first became a member Jeremy frequently climbed with me on UK meets. His ability as a photographer was impressive as shown in photos of my leads in the Lakes and on Scottish winter climbs. A true all round mountaineer.
#3 Adele Long 2020-08-10 17:07
So much respect for Jeremy. I ski-toured with him when I had just started. He gave lots of encouragement. He will be missed.
#2 ac_administrator 2020-08-04 12:19
I first met Jeremy on an eagle Ski Club tour to the Vanoise National Park in March 2000 when I was immediately impressed by his friendliness and extensive knowledge of the Alps: he seemed to be able to name all of the visible mountains, no matter where we were or from whichever aspect. His knowledge was exceptional, and detailed. His experience was such that he had privately produced two detailed ski-touring guides that I immediately purchased. He was an inveterate organiser, regularly arranging tours to the Alps. Over the coming years I got to know Jeremy well, through both ski tours and the occasional UK climbing trip. His enthusiasm seemed to know no bounds, and he was good company. He will be missed by all those that knew him.

Derek Buckle
#1 Michael John Esten 2020-08-03 17:47
Quite simply, Jeremy Whitehead lived his life to be in the mountains. Summer and winter he would be out on the hill as much as finance and transport would permit. He will probably be remembered by most as a ski-mountaineer who was at his happiest when leading a group of friends or fellow club members. His ability to “read” the snow and his perpetual awareness of the mountain situation were impressive.

I first came across Jeremy in the late 1960s when he was ski-mountaineering in the French and Swiss alps, mostly with Jim Roche. I had much more to do with him a decade later when we both found ourselves leading ski-tours for the SCGB. In the 1960s there were no post-war ski-touring guide books available in English or French and, although a few books and ski-maps were published by the French in the 1970s, there was still almost nothing in English. However Jeremy had acquired an encyclopaedic knowledge of the French Alps by simply going there and doing “it”. In the early 1980s he “published” his compendious guide to ski-touring in the French Alps in two volumes, each about 2cms thick, comprising removable sheets held in book form by prong-fasteners. He declined suggestions that it be published commercially and produced copies at home in small numbers for friends. I am delighted to see that the AC Library has retained a copy.

My last trip with Jeremy was on an ESC meet to Gargellen in March 2019 shortly before his 88th birthday. He wasn’t going to give up….. until, that is, a stroke forced the issue later last year. He will be much missed by many.
Mike Esten

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