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Peak access land 'open by weekend'

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08 May 2007

Jobs on offer at mountain council

The British Mountaineering Council has three vacancies, including one for an officer to oversee the introduction of a new climbing-wall qualification.The organisation needs a development officer to work promoting its work at climbing walls and working with other bodies such as Sport England.The BMC is also advertising for an experienced climber to organise its competition climbing events, as well as an administrator based at its Manchester office.Details of the vacancies are on the BMC website.  Closing date for applications is 25 May.

11 May 2007

2,400 evacuated as weather hits Ten Tors

Young participants in the annual Ten Tors event had a torrid time at the weekend, culminating in a mass evacuation after torrential rain made conditions dangerous.Two Sea King helicopters were used as 2,400 evacuated the 400 teams of six young people from rain-swept Dartmoor.The Army and 700 volunteers worked throughout Sunday to ensure all the competitors were taken to safety.

16 May 2007

Society urges council to act over bulldozed common

Campaigners are urging a Welsh council to take action after common land was bulldozed.A track has been carved out by a landowner near Pen y Ddoyga Farm, Abersychan, Pontypool.

16 May 2007

Lakes fellwalker dies after collapse

A walker died in the Lake District at the weekend, after collapsing on a fell near Coniston.The unnamed man, from Grasmere, was pronounced dead by a doctor from the North West Air Ambulance service which was called to Holme Fell, where the man had fallen to the ground complaining of chest pains.11 members of the Coniston Mountain Rescue Team also attended the scene early on Saturday afternoon.

17 May 2007

Safety fears lead to Brecon waterfall closure

A Brecon Beacons attraction has been closed to the public because of safety concerns.Scwd yr Eira waterfall in the upper Neath Valley has been fenced off because of unstable rocks above it.

17 May 2007

More pictures added to Fellsman Hike page

There are now more pictures in our album of the Fellsman Hike.Check our portfolio of photographs from the 2007 event.We'll be uploading further pictures throughout the week, so keep coming back and see if you make an appearance. You can get prints of all our Fellsman pictures by visiting our photosales site.

17 May 2007

Welsh ospreys produce chick

Birdwatchers in Wales are celebrating the birth of a rare chick.The only breeding pair of ospreys in the principality hatched a chick late last night, with the event being captured on a 24-hour camera.While the Welsh ospreys can’t match the three-in-a-nest shenanigans of their Scottish cousins at Loch Garten, they have successfully produced one offspring from their clutch of three eggs.

18 May 2007

Helicopter rescue for injured Snowdonia walker

An RAF helicopter flew an injured walker from a Snowdonia ridge yesterday evening.The unnamed man, from Surrey, fell while walking on the Nantlle Ridge in the West of the national park.The 58-year-old walker suffered a head injury and broken hand in the accident.

20 May 2007

Council drops common cycle track plans

Campaigners are celebrating a council’s decision to ditch plans for a cycle track across a common.Lincolnshire County Council had wanted to install the track on Lincoln’s South Common despite opposition from another council and pressure groups.The Open Spaces Society (OSS) said the scheme to set up the route, with fencing and lighting, would interfere with the public’s right to enjoy the common on foot and on horseback, and would lead to the urbanisation of the land.

10 May 2007

Peak charge for Everest phone bid

A British man will set off from Everest base camp early next week – to make a phone call.Rod Baber hopes to climb to the highest point on Earth to make his call, and get himself in the record books.

11 May 2007

Cuillin record for Tressider

An Edinburgh runner is claiming a new record for the traverse of the Cuillin range on Skye.Es Tressider has broken the record held by Cumbrian Andy Hyslop since 1994, completing the 12km route, including the Inaccessible Pinnacle on Sgurr Dearg, in 3h 17mins 28 secs, 14 minutes faster than Hyslop’s time.The traverse, from Gars-bheinn to Sgurr nan Gillean summits, was achieved after Es bivvied on the ridge on the night of 3 May, so he could get an early start.

16 May 2007

Weekday closure for Bamford Edge

Climbing is suspended on Bamford Edge in the Peak District this week and on weekdays until 15 June.Access to the edge has been closed by the landowner, as allowed under the Countryside and Rights of Way (CRoW) Act.

17 May 2007

Sherpa's record Everest conquest

A Nepalese man has climbed Everest for a record 17th time.Appa Sherpa summited the world’s highest peak with seven other Sherpas and one other climber, 18 years after his first ascent.The 46-year-old was with his climbing partner Lakpa Gyelu, making his own 13th summit during the successful ascent, which took place last Wednesday.

17 May 2007

Inquest to open into mystery Dales death

An inquest is due to open tomorrow into the death of a woman whose body was found by walkers more than 2½ years ago.The woman’s identity has never been established.

17 May 2007

Injured students airlifted from Snowdon

Two students were rescued from Snowdon yesterday after a fall near Crib Goch.A Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley on Anglesey winched the two 19-year olds to safety and they were taken to Ysbyty Gwynned, Bangor, with back and leg injuries.Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) joined three members from RAF Valley’s MRT who also took part in the rescue.

17 May 2007

Fellsman Hike pictures: more added

The latest bactch of pictures from last week's Fellsman Hike are now online.Check our portfolio of photographs from the 2007 event.We'll continue uploading more pictures throughout the week, so keep coming back and see if you make an appearance. You can get prints of all our Fellsman pictures by visiting our photosales site.

19 May 2007

Veggies force Mars climbdown

The Mars bar: fuel for thousands of ascents of hills from the majestic Ben Nevis to the humbler slopes of the Cotswolds.And fuel for a row which involved an international company, MPs and the massed ranks of the Vegetarian Society.

20 May 2007

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