Jerry Rawson

It will be with great sadness that members of Buxton MJerry Raw web smallountain Rescue Team will attend to pay their last respects at the funeral of Gerald Rawson on Friday 21st August.

Now best known as Jerry Rawson, his many stunning photographs and articles have appeared in a plethora of mountain magazines and outdoor guides in recent years.  A leading mountain author in his own right, his pictorial books will remain a lasting tribute to a man who was totally at one in the hills and mountains of the UK. 

Jerry had played a significant role in the development of the Buxton Rescue Team during its formative days of the 1970s and 80s.  An accomplished rock climber, he was one of a small group that arguably set in place many of the good practices and standards for crag work that the team still uses today.   He was a natural teacher and became the team’s Deputy Leader and Training Officer, a post he held for many years, passing on his skills to other team members and formatting many of the operational fundamentals. 

Jerry was a doctor of chemistry but a quiet and unassuming man who rarely used his title Dr except when writing letters begging equipment for the team.  When he retired from lecturering at High Peak College he was able to follow his two great passions, mountaineering and photography.  Combining these he quickly became a renowned outdoor author with many books in his own name and with many of his outstanding pictures accompaning articles by other authors.

He will leave a lasting legacy in the foundations of the modern rescue team and also in his published work.   An active and influential operational member for over twenty years, gone but never forgotten.

All the team members, past and present, send their most sincere condolences to his wife and family.

One comment

  1. Tony Crosby

    I was at the University of Hull at the same time as Jerry and a member of the Hull University Mountaineering Club.
    In 1966 I went to Norway with Jerry and a group from the club to climb on the famous Trolltind Wall.
    It is only recently that I learned of his death and I wish to send Carol his wife my condolences.

    Jerry was an inspirational President of the University climbing club. The members of the club of the 60s period went our separate ways on graduation. I continued to be an active climber/ mountaineer but with longish gaps because of work and family commitments. Over the years I have been aware how Jerry continued to have a major role to play in the world of mountaineering and have followed his books and articles.
    I am now the editor of the newsletter/magazine of the Yorkshire Mountaineering Club
    I may wish to include information about Jerry in the magazine and possibly pictures…I would like to approach the family or mountain rescue for permission should this arise.
    Again…I am so sorry to learn about Jerry’s passing.

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