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08 December 2006

UN commander's TV bid to resolve Dartmoor conflict

He has worked in Bosnia and Northern Ireland, tackling some of the most difficult situations in the world.

18 December 2006

Munro man Perry will lead Africa charity climb

Steve Perry, the man who last winter conquered all Scotland’s 284 Munros in one, non-stop trip, is taking on a new challenge next year.The 35-year-old engineer from Todmorden, West Yorkshire, will lead a team tackling Africa’s highest three peaks.

15 December 2006

Your old phone can help mountain rescue

Mobile phones: so often used to call for help from the search and rescue services. Well now, you can use your mobile to help them.Edale Mountain Rescu...

13 December 2006

Council says 'no' to Yorkshire access land drilling

A West Yorkshire council today rejected plans aimed at extending a quarry into access land.Bradford Council’s executive threw out proposals for test drilling on Harden Moor, near Cullingworth.

05 December 2006

Storm over future of mountain weather service

Storm clouds are gathering over the future of mountain weather forecasts and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) wants hillwalkers and climbers to flood a minister’s office with demands for a decent service.Left, Weather station, Aonach MorResponding to a report on the BBC that the future of the independently run and well respected Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) is in jeopardy, the council says it wants mountaineers to press for a properly structured service for Scottish mountains.Forecaster Geoff Monk has run his free service from his base in Galloway.

30 November 2006

Water company to charge for right-to-roam access

A water company is planning to charge for access to its extensive right-to-roam areas.United Utilities (UU), which owns about 58,000 hectares (143,300 acres) of land in north-western England, says it will start charging up to £50 for commercial groups using its property.

27 November 2006

Two climbers die after night in Scots blizzard

It’s been a grim weekend for mountain casualties across Britain which culminated this morning with the death of two young climbers in Scotland.The Aberdeen University students, one an undergraduate aged 18 and the other a 23-year-old graduate, were caught in atrocious winter conditions yesterday near Coire an t-Sneachda.The two men were found by rescuers this morning, about 400m apart after spending the night in temperatures of -20 C and winds of 70 mph.

20 November 2006

Robocop under fire as developers threaten wood

Britain’s former Robocop is under fire for failing to protect woodland in one of the North-East’s most urbanised areas.Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon, famed for his zero-tolerance to crime when he was in charge of the town’s police, faced criticism from the Open Spaces Society (OSS) after refusing to stop the go-ahead for the sale of Longridge Wood at Marton, on the southern edge of the town.Open Spaces Society general secretary Kate Ashbrook, rightThe OSS says it would be a tragedy if the wood were lost to the community.

11 November 2006

Mountain teams help overwhelmed ambulance service

The ambulance service in Greater Manchester called in mountain rescuers when it was overwhelmed by the number of calls in its area.Members of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) responded to 999 calls using its fleet of four Land Rovers, which are legally classed as ambulances.The Oldham team and colleagues from Rossendale and Pendle MRT were also involved in the first crisis on Tuesday, 5 December, when a record number of emergency calls were received by the North West Ambulance Service’s Belle Vue control centre.

15 December 2006

Company's free podcast guides to reservoir walk

Yorkshire Water has produced a set of free podcasts to guide walkers round its Swinsty Reservoir in North Yorkshire.Six mp3 files can be downloaded from its website to be put on your player and used at various points on the three-mile stroll.

15 December 2006

Lack of interest leads to Wainwright dinner cancellation

The celebratory dinner which was to have taken place to mark the centenary of Grumpy Old Fellwalker Alfred Wainwright’s birth has been cancelled due to lack of interest.The Wainwright Society had planned the informal meal at the Ewood Park home of Blackburn Rovers, a team of men who knock around a football and get paid a lot of money for doing so.

15 December 2006

Letter: Ramblers' Association and politics

The Ramblers' Association (RA) claims to be the national walkers' charity, and charity trustees should work hard to avoid creating perceptions of political bias.

12 December 2006

Scots avalanche service to start this month

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service gets rolling this month.The first reports for the season are due to be posted on 15 December, covering Lochaber and north Cairngorm, with Glencoe, south Cairngorm and Creag Meagaidh a week later on 22 December.Cornice on Aonach Mor (above)The reports, using information from the five areas covered, are usually posted around late afternoon.

05 December 2006

Grizedale out-of-bounds as rally takes to tracks

Grizedale: mile after mile of peaceful forest tracks, only the sound of rutting badgers and courting woodpigeons to disturb a walker’s quiet cogitation.Not next month.

18 November 2006

Young men's deaths shock climbing community

Police have named the two winter climbers who died after being rescued on Cairn Gorm’s northern corries.Geography undergraduate Richard Hardy, 18, was from Alton, Hampshire.

22 November 2006

Craig bags Helvellyn summit job

A former marine commando has bagged the job of climbing almost the height of Everest every week.Craig Palmer, pictured right, a member of Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, will make the daily trip to the summit of the Lake District’s third highest peak to record weather conditions.

16 November 2006

Battle of Titan's proportions after news of biggest cave

An unholy spat is developing between Derbyshire and North Yorkshire over whose cathedral-sized cavern is the best.Within hours of the broadcast of the discovery of Britain’s biggest cave in the Peak District, the Yorkshire custodians hit back with a ‘who’s bothered about size anyway’ statement.Right, the view from the top of Titan with Dave Nixon on the rope.

07 November 2006

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