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Newspaper Editor Fatality in Bid to Plant Birthday Champagne Bottle on Scottish Peak

July 15 2004 at 5:20 PM
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CLIMBER died in Glencoe while trying to climb to the top of Buachaille Etive Mhor to leave a surprise bottle of champagne for a friend.
Trevor Walls, 51, editor of The Glaswegian weekly newspaper, slipped and fell while climbing on Friday.
His body was found in East Gully by members of Glencoe mountain rescue team, who found the bottle smashed inside Mr Walls's rucksack.
Last night his mother Jean, 71, said Mr Walls had wanted to leave a bottle of champagne at the summit in celebration of the 50th birthday of a friend, who had been due to climb the mountain later that day.
He had played a leading role in the Daily Record mountain club and members continued with their weekend plans to climb the mountain where he died in his honour.
A club spokesman said: "It was a very emotional day, but we felt it was the right thing to do, and it is what Trevor would have wanted."
Mrs Walls said her son, former supplements editor at the Daily Record, had died doing the thing he loved. "Just two weeks ago, we talked about the risks of his climbing. He said to me 'If I go off a hill, then I'll go happy'. He loved the hills, and we are getting comfort from the fact he died doing something that meant so much to him."
Mr Walls had climbed on Buachaille Etive Mhor several times. Friends and family plan to scatter his ashes on the mountain.
His father John, 75, of Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, said last night: "Trevor always wanted to make people happy and we weren't surprised when we heard what he was doing on the mountain."
Mr Walls's wife Lindsey and Peter, his 15-year-old son, are due to visit the spot where he died later today. "He was a great dad and just adored Peter," added Mrs Walls.
A CLIMBER died in Glencoe while trying to climb to the top of Buachaille Etive Mhor to leave a surprise bottle of champagne for a friend.
Trevor Walls, 51, editor of The Glaswegian weekly newspaper, slipped and fell while climbing on Friday.
His body was found in East Gully by members of Glencoe mountain rescue team, who found the bottle smashed inside Mr Walls's rucksack.
Last night his mother Jean, 71, said Mr Walls had wanted to leave a bottle of champagne at the summit in celebration of the 50th birthday of a friend, who had been due to climb the mountain later that day.
He had played a leading role in the Daily Record mountain club and members continued with their weekend plans to climb the mountain where he died in his honour.
A club spokesman said: "It was a very emotional day, but we felt it was the right thing to do, and it is what Trevor would have wanted."
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/19827.html

 
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