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10 May 2010, JellyBean @ 3:37 pm

Dr Bob Sharp, 64, is the retired head of the department of sports studies at Strathclyde University. He was part of the team that put together Scotland’s first degree in outdoor education. He has also been involved in mountain rescue for 33 years, 12 of them as leader of the Lomond mountain rescue team.

Recently appointed to the role of statistician for the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland, he is a former chairman of the Scottish Mountain Safety Forum, has served as director of what is is now Mountain Leader Training Scotland, and was a vice-president of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

He completed a round of the Munros in 1991, and has spent a lot of time on the hill over the years. And he describes himself as “an evidence-based person”, someone who is “not prone to delusions or quick, uninformed decisions”.

All of which is relevant, in a “reliable witness” way, to what happened on the morning of Thursday, 22 April, in the Campsies, north of Glasgow.

Sharp was out for a walk up Meikle Bin: the second-highest hill in the area, an excellent viewpoint, and a popular half-day leg-stretch.

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Caledonian Mercury

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