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07 November 2007

No poppies on Gable, pleads fell club

Organisers of the annual Remembrance Day service on Great Gable’s summit have asked that poppies are not placed on the fell.The memorial plaque at Great Gable's summit, with a poppy wreathThe Fell and Rock Climbing Club (FRCC), which has held the event since the First World War, says discarded poppies left littering the summit plateau are damaging the environment.

22 October 2007

BMC buys Lancashire climbing crag

The British Mountaineering Council has bought a Lancashire crag to secure the future of climbing on its outcrops.Craig y Longridge, near the Bowland town from which it takes its name, was almost filled in to create a building plot at one point, and climbers had faced increasing problems using the facility.Climbers on Craig y Longridge Andy Keen The owner, who had a nearby caravan park, had become concerned about liability.

18 October 2007

Ramblers ?bitter? as BMW wins fight to close path

Car giant BMW has won its fight to close a 2,000-year-old path at its Cowley works in Oxfordshire.Now, up to 400 people a day will face a walk along a new route, following the crowded Oxford ring road.

15 October 2007

Seven rescued by Lakes teams as torrential rain sweeps fells

Lake District rescue teams spent most of last night searching the fells in two separate incidents.Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was called out at 11.30pm to search for a party of teenagers who had phoned to say they were lost on Scafell Pike.

09 October 2007

Xtreme Everest: a nurse's tale of near disaster

Earlier this year, a small team of climbers made it to the top of Mount Everest. What marked them out from the crowds of summiteers was that they had ...

08 October 2007

Concerns for future as Scottish hostels face closure

Residents and councillors in Scotland have expressed concern after the closure of seven youth hostels was announced.They fear the loss of the hostels, among 53 in the country, will have a severe effect on the economies of the communities in which they operate.In September, the executive committee of the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) announced it would follow the lead set by its English and Welsh counterparts and close an eighth of its centres.

03 October 2007

Everest docs' TV expedition screens tomorrow

Mountains return to our televisions tomorrow with the first part of Horizon’s documentary on the Caudwell Xtreme Everest expedition.The programme promises to give an insight into why a team of medics risked their lives on the ascent of the world’s highest peak to further scientific knowledge.Xtreme Everest climbers tackle the Hillary Step, one of the last obstacles before the summit of the mountainMore than 250 people took part in the project which was set up to help advance techniques and knowledge of the treatment of patients in intensive-care units.

22 September 2007

Stomach bug forces island closure

Climbers and walkers have been warned to stay away from a popular island after a stomach bug swept its inhabitants.Lundy, in the Bristol channel, is closed to visitors while authorities try to contain the gastroenteritis outbreak, which leads to diarrhoea and vomiting.So far, 54 people have been affected.

23 September 2007

Great Park reopens as disease restrictions are lifted

Walkers can now access a royal park again after foot-and-mouth-disease restrictions were lifted.Windsor Great Park was closed in September when the infection was discovered at a farm in Egham, Surrey.

07 November 2007

Tryfan death-fall man used 'misleading' guide book

Mountain rescuers have criticised a guide book used by a walker who fell to his death on a Snowdonia peak.The inquest into the death of 32-year-old Christopher Parratt heard that the book was misleading and contained a map that was virtually impossible to use.

19 October 2007

Young explorers needed for Arctic trip

Enthusiastic young explorers are being sought for an Arctic expedition.Volunteers are needed for the British Schools Exploring Society’s 2008 expedition to Spitsbergen, in the Arctic Svalbard archipelago.

15 October 2007

Walk, don't walk: experts can't agree on value of exercise

Just a couple of months after academics told us that a little walking would help our health, another report says such advice is misleading and we need to huff and puff a little to stave off an early grave.A gentle walk may not be enough: climbing to Ingleborough's summit plateau will get the lungs going    The study, in Preventive Medicine, says vigorous exercise is the best way to keep healthy, rather than moderate activity such as walking.

10 October 2007

Call to promote South Pennines - the 'Andes of England'

They are squeezed by national parks to the North and South; have some of the wildest moorland in northern England and were once described by Daniel Defoe as: ‘The Andes of England’, yet they are on the doorstep of millions of urban dwellers.The South Pennines near HaworthNow the call has gone out to make sure the South Pennines are used to the full by lovers of the great outdoors, by maintaining rights of way and promoting access to the countryside for both residents and visitors.Pennine Prospects – a conglomeration of local authorities, water companies and voluntary bodies – held its first annual conference in Halifax, West Yorkshire, last week.

09 October 2007

Map courses for walkers in bid to cut Welsh rescue burden

Snowdonia’s mountains could be a safer thanks to a training scheme for walkers. The national park authority is running a basic navigation course...

04 October 2007

Dales leaflet shows bikers the way

Motorbikers on Dales trails are getting guidance on where they can and can’t ride.Authorities have produced a leaflet setting out routes and rules for using the national park’s off-road tracks.

03 October 2007

Mountain centre offers volunteers free training

Scotland’s national mountain centre is offering free training for volunteers.Glenmore Lodge has places on Summer Mountain Leader and Winter Mountain Leader courses for people who act as volunteers in a club or group.

25 September 2007

Wasdale faces pressure after 'Best View' vote

Wasdale is already paying the price of fame after it was voted Britain’s Best View by TV viewers following its championing by a Coronation Street actress.

16 September 2007


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