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Fiennes to take on Bob Graham challenge

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24 May 2007

Climb Ben Hope to help mountain rescue

Walkers can help a rescue charity while tackling Scotland’s northernmost Munro.Assynt Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) is looking for volunteers to walk up Ben Hope in aid of both the team and Alzheimer Scotland.

23 May 2007

Locked Boquhan gates send local up the wall

A Stirlingshire woman told a court she was driven up the wall at being locked out of a millionaire’s estate.Marian McGloin said when she found the gates to Euan Snowie’s Boquhan House grounds locked, she resorted to climbing the wall.

25 May 2007

Armagh beauty-spot bodies 'are health hazard'

Councillors in South Armagh say the bodies of dead animals dumped at a beauty spot pose a hazard to health.The carcasses of sheep and cows were illegally left in the Slieve Gullion area and risk contaminating streams and farms in the district.

30 May 2007

Footpath closed after birds attack

Marauding birds have forced the closure of a Bowland footpath.Half a dozen people have been attacked by a pair of eagle owls which is nesting close to the path, to the North of Dunsop Bridge.

30 May 2007

Jim Perrin shortlisted for Wales book award

Spiky outdoors writer Jim Perrin has been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year writer’s award.Perrin, whose eloquence held the audience at this year’s celebration of the Kinder Scout mass trespass, has The Climbing Essays among the list of six.Jim Perrin Judges described his writing as ‘quirky and rule-breaking’.

30 May 2007

Cairngorm transfer on hold after poor winter figures

Recent poor skiing conditions have thrown a spanner in the works of the plan to transfer the Cairngorm Estate ownership.Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) was due to hand over the 1,418 hectare (3,304 acre) area to the Forestry Commission.

30 May 2007

Mountain 'Eden' planned for Cairngorms

It has emerged that one of the principal reasons for the postponement of the Cairngorm Estate transfer is the plan to build an ‘Eden of the North’ on the site.As reported by grough , Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which owns the estate, was due to transfer ownership to the Forestry Commission.

31 May 2007

Cliff path reopens ten years after closure

A section of the South West Coast Path has reopened after ten years of closure.The route between Thatcher Point and Thatcher House, near Torbay, was closed after a cliff fall.

06 June 2007

Medic dies in Spanish climbing accident

A British doctor has died after a climbing accident in Spain.Ian Burnell died after an 80ft fall while rock climbing near Alicante, in the South of the country.

23 May 2007

June Dales walks programme announced

The Yorkshire Dales National Park has announced a series of guided walks throughout next month.Starting points range from Settle to Muker; Dent to Grassington, with walks of varying lengths and strenuousness.

23 May 2007

Everest medics treat climber left for dead

The team of doctors conducting high-altitude medical experiments on Everest was involved in helping save a stricken climber.Usha Bistra, a Nepalese climber, was found by Canadian Meagan McGrath high on the mountain after reportedly having been abandoned by her leader after she collapsed attempting to summit.She was brought down by Ms McGrath and fellow mountaineers and treated for cerebral oedema – swelling of the brain, a common symptom of acute mountain sickness.

28 May 2007

Nevis climbers survive night on Tower Ridge

Three young climbers survived a night on Ben Nevis’s Tower Ridge after becoming disoriented.They were rescued by members of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) after a Royal Navy helicopter located them late yesterday evening, but was unable to land.

30 May 2007

Good Lord! we're on the order paper

It’s nice to know you have friends in high places – Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Scafell Pike, The Wrekin and the House of Lords!grough was chuffed to hear one of our noble lords had recently quoted our interview with Environment Secretary David Miliband in a debate.

30 May 2007

Via ferrata 'will not affect Fleetwith access'

The setting up of the country’s first via ferrata route has prompted concerns about access in the area.The route, using steel steps and ladders to scale Honister Crag, was set up by Honister Slate Mine.

30 May 2007

New arrival for Donegal eagles

Conservation officers are celebrating the birth of the first wild golden eagle to be raised in Ireland for nearly 100 years.The chick was hatched in the Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal, by a pair of birds introduced as part of a project to re-establish the breed.

30 May 2007

Welsh mountain race man dies after fall

A mountain race competitor died after falling in Snowdonia yesterday.Sgt Paul Upton, a member of the Parachute Regiment, fell 150m on Carnedd Llewelyn, above the Ffynnon Llugwy reservoir.

03 June 2007

Outdoor retail boss walks as shops close

Struggling outdoor retail group Blacks Leisure has parted company with its chief executive.Russell Hardy will receive an undisclosed payout after being ousted from the post following disappointing trading.

06 June 2007

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