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23 January 2007

Update on this year's Nine Edges

There’s another chance to challenge your stamina and help a mountain rescue team.Edale Mountain Rescue Team is running its Nine Edges Endurance again this year and it’s inviting entries now.

23 January 2007

Cathedral ceremony marks Wainwright centenary

Fans of the Grumpy Old Fellwalker gathered yesterday in the distinctly un-outdoors Blackburn Cathedral to celebrate the centenary of his birth.As his sometime walking companion, broadcaster Eric Robson, said in his address to the gathered acolytes of Alfred Wainwright: “Even though AW would rather be on the hill than in the pew it’s appropriate that we should be celebrating his life in this cathedral church in Blackburn.”The ceremony marked the anniversary of the compiler of probably the best known walking guides produced in England, Wainwright’s meticulously illustrated Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

22 January 2007

Court shown Lakeland photos of bomb suspects

A police officer has told a London jury how he watched five men accused of a failed bomb attack on a campsite in the Lake District.The officer said he saw the group apparently praying together in a semicircle.

17 January 2007

London bomb suspects 'took part in Langdale camp'

Five of the men on trial for plotting to bomb innocent Londoners had been under surveillance in the Lake District, a court was told.Woolwich Crown Court heard that pictures were taken of the group during a camping trip in Langdale, Cumbria, 14 months before the men’s failed attempt to detonate bombs on the capital’s transport system.The jury at the trial was shown pictures of the men, taken by police, of the alleged bombers dressed in outdoor gear and loading camping equipment into cars, with the Langdale fells as a backdrop.

16 January 2007

No snow for Snowdon by 2020

Welsh scientists are warning that the principality’s highest mountain will be snow-free in 13 year’s time.There has been less snow this winter since recording began 14 years ago.

13 January 2007

Warm winter hits Blacks' sales

Outdoor clothing and equipment retailer Blacks Leisure is suffering in the warm climate.The company, which trades under the Blacks, Millets, O’Neill, Free Spirit and Mambo names, issued a profit warning after warmer weather hit its sales.The company reported a 6% drop in sales in the pre-Christmas period, which led to an immediate drop in its share price of 8%.

05 January 2007

Dales police target off-roaders

Police and national park rangers are clamping down on motorcyclists and drivers illegally using Yorkshire Dales bridleways and footpaths.Footpaths such as this one (right) near Blea Moor, are used illegally by off-roadersAnd they are urging walkers and cyclists to ‘grass up’ anyone they see abusing rights of way.

20 December 2006

Olympic test at Hidden Earth

No need to wait until 2012, you can take part in the Olympics next week.For the first time, the British Cave Research Association is holding a Speleo-olympics at its Hidden Earth national caving conference and exhibition.

14 September 2006

Campaign against Peak quarry goes on

The British Mountaineering Council’s campaign against Peak quarrying continues, with pleas for views to be sent straight to them.The Save Longstone Edge battle goes on, with a series of walks on Sunday, 4 February, in the area, where participants can see the destruction wrought by quarrying.Climbers and walkers who have sent submissions to the Peak planning inspectorate have had their letters sent back because the deadline has passed, but the British Mountaineering Council says these can be sent straight to them, since they have already registered their interest in speaking at the inquiry.A number of outdoor shops and climbing walls in Sheffield and the Peak have also agreed to collect letters.

24 January 2007

Police name climber killed in Cairn Gorm fall

Police have named the climber who died on Cairn Gorm last Friday.He was 48-year-old Mike Rough, of Devon.

23 January 2007

Fifth climber dies in Northern Corries tragedy

A Scottish corrie has claimed the life a fifth mountaineer in two months.The grim winter on Cairn Gorm continued with the death yesterday of a climber in the Coire an-t Sneachda – the same site as the previous four fatalities.The exceptionally mild winter has meant many winter climbing routes are not in good condition.

20 January 2007

New bridge means Three Peaks route change

Walkers on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route have a slight change of route.A new bridge has been built over a beck to avoid having to go through the farmyard at Nether Lodge Farm.Farmer John Sedgewick (right) with the footbridge in the backgroundA footpath diversion is now in place after no objections were raised to the alternative skirting the farm.

17 January 2007

Pennine town celebrates Walkers Welcome status

The Calderdale town of Hebden Bridge is to celebrate its Walkers are Welcome status with a festival next month.Ramblers’ Association chairman Kate Ashbrook will be among speakers at the event in the West Yorkshire town, the first in the country to gain the new accolade.

13 January 2007

Big Brother?s Jade wants to climb that one with an E

Jade Goody, the reality TV woman famous for – ahm, how can we put this politely – being a few IQ points short of Mensa membership, is aiming to join the pantheon of super alpinists.Jade, 25, who has recently lost two stones, says she is so fit, she wants to climb that big mountain that begins with an E.

03 January 2007

Mountain marathon returns to Galloway

Competitors and organisers are gearing up for this year’s Karrimor International Mountain Marathon which we must now call the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM).The event, which will forever be the KIMM to most involved in it, takes place next month in the Galloway Forest Park in southern Scotland.

14 September 2006

How to get cows down from trees

grough likes to think we’ve a reasonable knowledge of what goes on in the outdoors world. We know that birds fly, sheep baa, ramblers grumble.So...

14 September 2006

Research project for mountain rescue devices

There’s a three-year, PhD studentship up for grabs for one outdoors minded academic who wants to conduct research into mountain rescue techniques.The University of Aberdeen’s Inverness outpost is offering the chance to study the value of what it calls ‘miniaturised physiological monitoring devices’.The successful applicant will need an interest in the outdoors and the mountain environment and a degree at first or 2:1 level.

22 September 2006


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