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Climbers safe after Nevis rescue

Two Dutch climbers are safe after being rescued from Ben Nevis.Fifteen members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team mounted an eight-hour operation to rescue the pair, who became cragfast on Castle Gully.An RAF helicopter from HMS Gannet was also involved in the rescue of the men, aged 19 and 27.

26 December 2006

New avalanche blogs chart Scots snow

Scottish winter mountaineers can look forward to a Hogmanay of fresh snow as heavy falls are forecast for the various regions.The Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has introduced new blogs for the Cairngorms and Lochaber, giving up-to-date reports for those venturing on to the mountains.Latest information from the Northern Cairngorms blog has heavy snow falling at midday today, with a rutsch block test in half a metre of fresh windslab.

31 December 2006

Scottish mountain marathon dates announced

This year’s Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) will take place on the weekend of 9-10 June.The 2006 event took place in Assynt, in the far North-West of Scotland.

02 January 2007

Bus magnate ?wants more protection than Queen?

Stagecoach millionaires Ann Gloag is demanding more privacy than the Queen, a court heard.Ramblers’ Association (RA) director Dave Morris told Perth Sheriff Court that the bus magnate’s attempts to stop walkers using her land meant she was asking for more protection than the Royal Family on its Balmoral estate.He said most parts of the Royal estate were open to walkers.

05 January 2007

Girl survives 500ft Glencoe fall

A ten-year-old girl survived a 500ft fall in Glencoe yesterday.Mountain rescuers said if she had been an adult, she would probably have died, but the fact she was small and supple saved her life.The girl plunged down a steep, grassy slope while descending Meall Mor, near Glencoe village.

05 January 2007

Saxon Shore Way victory for campaigners

Campaigners are celebrating an inspector’s decision not to allow 18 houses to be built near a long-distance footpath.The Open Spaces Society (OSS) had backed Medway Council, in Kent, in opposing the construction of 18 extra dwellings on open land in a conservation area at Gillingham Green.Following a public inquiry, the inspector Ava Wood ruled dismissed the appeal by Taylor Woodrow Developments who had wanted to build on land crossed by the Saxon Shore Way, a long-distance path.Ms Wood said: “This swathe of open ground provides relief from the intensity of development in the locality.”Pat Wilson, local representative of the OSS, said: “This is a brilliant New Year present for all Gillingham and Medway residents who enjoy the land near Gillingham Strand and the many people who walk the Saxon Shore Way.“The area is largely defined by the chain of open spaces that connect and contribute to the setting of the prominent, Grade II listed, ancient church and to the church grounds.“‘We are grateful to councillors who stuck to their guns over so many years to protect this oasis, and to the Medway Countryside Forum who supported them at the public inquiry.”.

06 January 2007

Foot-and-mouth scare over as pigs cleared

A foot-and-mouth disease scare is over after scientists gave the all-clear to samples taken from pigs.Officials had examined specimens taken from an abattoir in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

09 January 2007

Residents' blockade stops council path work

Council workers were forced to abandon surfacing work on an old drovers’ track after a blockade by residents.Locals in Galashiels, Selkirkshire, cut off the 200-year-old cobbled road with cars when they saw council workermen tarring over the surface.Scottish Borders Council had to abandon work on the half-mile stretch, which forms part of the Southern Upland Way.

11 January 2007

Ramblers' figurehead arrested on race charge

A Ramblers’ Association vice-president has been arrested on suspicion of racially abusing a woman.Police bailed Janet Street-Porter after questioning her when she voluntarily went to a north London police station.A spokesman said: “On 16 January, a 59-year-old woman attended a north London police station by appointment and was arrested in connection with an alleged racially aggravated public-order offence.“She was later bailed to return in February pending further inquiries.”Ms Street-Porter was president of the Ramblers’ Association between 1994 and 1997 and is now a vice-president, an honorary title accorded to those who have served as president.

17 January 2007

Campaigners say cut speed on commons

A campaign has been launched to limit motorists to 40mph where roads cross common land.The Open Spaces Society is urging ministers to introduce a speed limit on unfenced commons.

29 December 2006

Dartmoor walkers' warning as boar attacks dogs

Walkers on Dartmoor have been warned to beware of wild boar following an attack by one of the beasts on two dogs.Police said a man was walking his dogs when a boar lunged aggressively at them.

02 January 2007

Climbers safe after Nevis search

A couple of climbers are safe after a major rescue operation on Ben Nevis. The pair, a 23-year-old woman and a man aged 24, were reported missing on T...

03 January 2007

Phone billionaire will join Everest medical team

A mobile-phone billionaire will join an Everest experimental medical team after donating £½m to the project.Former Phones4U boss John Caudwell will be part of the team climbing the world’s highest peak to study the effects of low oxygen levels on the human body.As reported on grough in August last year, the Xtreme-Everest expedition will consist of 40 doctors and 200 volunteers climbing the Himalayan mountain in March.

05 January 2007

Police name Cumbria canoe accident victim

Police have named a man who drowned in a canoeing accident in Cumbria.David Thorne, 49, was from Talybont-on-Usk, Powys.

05 January 2007

Arrest follows third mountain rescue

A man was arrested in Wales after calling out mountain rescuers three times in the last four months.Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was mobilised in October, December and finally last week to rescue the 46-year-old, who has not been named.He was arrested shortly before midnight last Friday on suspicion of causing a public nuisance, but subsequently released without charge.

09 January 2007

Fourth climber dies on Cairn Gorm

A Scottish mountain has claimed the life of a fourth climber in less than two months.The man died yesterday in Coire an-t Sneachda on Cairn Gorm after falling 500ft.

11 January 2007

Police name Cairn Gorm fall victim

Police have named the man who died in a fall in the Northern Corries of Cairn Gorm this week.Hugh Pitcairn was a 20-year-old mechanical engineering student at Bristol University.

12 January 2007

Chance to walk with Hinkes for top bidders

Five places are up for grabs on a walk around the Lakeland fells with mountain legend Alan Hinkes.Mr Hinkes, famous for crocking himself after choking on chapatti flour, as well as being the first Brit to conquer all the world’s 8,000m mountains, will lead the walk from Keswick in May.All you have to do is win a charity auction on eBay.

20 January 2007

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