Mountain weather service will continue

It looks as though the storm over the future the respected Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) has blown over.Both the voluntary-run MWIS and the official Met Office mountain-weather service will continue, following a meeting of the two organisations with the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) last Friday.There had been fears that Geoff Monk’s MWIS would cease providing its current forecasts if the Met Office stepped in.

13 December 2006

Problems for climbers on Eagle Tor

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is warning climbers of access difficulties on a Peak crag.The owners of Eagle Tor, near Birchover in Derbyshire, have expressed concerns about the safety of their children playing in the area of the crag while climbers are on the rock.They also say human excrement and other litter have been found in the area.

15 December 2006

Cave death inquest will be held next year

An inquest will be held next year into the death of a schoolboy in a caving incident.North Yorkshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service decided no charges would be brought after 14-year-old Joseph Lister died in Manchester Hole in Upper Nidderdale.The teenager, a student at Tadcaster Grammar School, was in a party from the Bewerley Park Centre, run by North Yorkshire County Council.

15 December 2006

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

Snowdon summit building to be named today

Today is the momentous day when we shall all learn the name for the new Snowdon summit café.The Snowdonia National Park Authority is in the midst of demolishing the old Sir Clough Williams-Ellis-designed concrete bunker – once described by the Prince of Wales as Britain’s highest slum – to be replaced by a brand-new ‘visitor centre’.The National Park's Llinos Angharad said: “We're looking for something short, something quite catchy, something that would be easily remembered by everyone and also something that everybody can say.” grough hasn’t tested this on its younger staff, but how about: syphilis; or gonorrhoea.

13 December 2006

Ramblers offer chance to walk off Christmas excess

The Ramblers’ Association (RA) is offering everyone the chance to get rid of the effects of one too many mince pies over the festive season.Its Festival of Winter Walks starts on Boxing Day and runs (or rather walks) until 2 January, so you can shake off the effects of your New Year hangover too.There are walks taking place across Britain: from Aberdeenshire to Cornwall; Norfolk to the Lleyn Peninsula.  Frances Warneford, of the association, said: “Most of the routes are between four and seven miles.“Longer ones are generally arranged in a figure of eight format so walkers can stay for either the whole day or half a day.“More than 400 special strolls, many with a seasonal theme, are planned.

15 December 2006

Scottish climber's funeral today

The funeral was taking place today of climber Neil Batchelor, who died after falling during a solo ascent on Cairn Gorm last Friday.The 26-year-old, from Inverness, died while attempting Aladdin’s Couloir on Coire an t-Sneachda.

22 December 2006

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


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