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10 August 2006

Mountain-top launch for classic novel

Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England and destination for countless charidee participants, is the venue for a unique book launch next month.Lovers of mountain literature will be able to pick up a copy of a reissued classic tale of heroic derring-do at the summit cairn on 9 September.The launch will take place between 1pm and 3pm on the 978m peak and, according to the publishers, complimentary wine and cheese will be on offer.And the name of the novel at the centre of all this palaver.

10 August 2006

Boozed-up campers wreak havoc in Lakes

Lake District rangers say single-sex gangs of campers are causing untold damage in the national park.They say they are disgusted by wanton damage and disregard for what they say is one of England’s loveliest landscapes by groups denied access to established campsites who then head to car parks, lake sides and beauty spots for a night drinking and tenting around campfires.Revellers have smashed up farm gates and stiles for firewood, left rubbish and beer cans, scorched the ground and used hedgerows and walls as toilets.Northern area ranger Graham Standring said: “If they can’t find firewood they’ll rip off branches and remove gates and stiles.“A wooden footbridge at Carrock Beck, near Haltcliffe, was chainsawed and burned, which is bad, even by wild campers’ standards.”Chris Berry, whose area includes the honey pots of the Duddon Valley, Wasdale and Eskdale, said:  “We’re only talking about a small minority.

08 August 2006

Trouble flares at Vixen Tor 'conciliation' event

More tales of woe and vexation reach grough from Vixen Tor, the Devon crag where access has been blocked.The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) reports that two climbers had to leave some of their gear in place after being made to leave the crag at the end of an open day.

03 August 2006

Young Brit sets US mountain record

Everest summiteer Jake Meyer has thrown down the gauntlet to stateside climbers by conquering the USA’s 48 continental peaks in record time.Jake, 23, was the youngest man to climb Everest when he climbed the Himalayan peak, aged 21 in 2005 – a record since broken.

03 August 2006

Beer for a year on offer at geocaching event

19:12:17Any event sponsored by a brewery is guaranteed grough's attention, so it's no surprise that a little festival in the Lakes caught our eye.Jennings, the Cockermouth brewery, is one of four sponsors in a geocaching event based at Borrowdale youth hostel in September.

02 August 2006

Close all access land, say moor owners

With a pronouncement as predictable as the blast of shotguns on the 'glorious twelfth', moorland owners have blamed the Government's right-to-roam laws for a spate of fires in England.The Moorland Association (MA), which represents the owners of much of England and Wales's prime grouse-shooting land, says allowing people to roam  at will when the moors are dry presents risks.The anonymous spokeswoman for the Lancaster-based organisation told the BBC website: "There were risks opening up these vast tracks of moorland."  Either the BBC reporter has cloth ears or Ms Spokeswoman doesn't know the difference between a track and a tract.

01 August 2006

Free bus service for Dartmoor cyclists

If you're taking to two wheels on Dartmoor and want to take some of the strain out of the height gain, the national park authority is running a scheme to help you.The Dartmoor Freewheler is a free bus service with a cycle trailer attached, so you can get your bike to the high ground of the moor and enjoy the (mostly) downhill ride out again, or so the authority claims.The service runs on summer Sundays, until October, with a different route each of the four Sundays in the month.

30 July 2006

Yorkshire Dales access land closed again

Latest news from the Yorkshire Dales is that all open access areas have been reclosed because the fire risk has again risen to exceptional.The national park authority had re-opened most of the land earlier in the week.

30 July 2006

Needle sport on Gable's crags

For those who don’t get a big enough adrenaline kick out of soloing rock routes, here’s a new sport to get the heart pumping.Two guys spent 24 hours setting up a slackline across from Napes Needle on Great Gable, one of the iconic rock fingers in the Lakes.

11 August 2006

Guided walks are just the ticket on Dartmoor

Visitors to Dartmoor are being offered free guided walks – if they use public transport.Experienced Dartmoor guides will lead the walks, which normally cost up to £5, free of charge on production of a bus ticket used on the journey to the start of the route.The service is available on routes from Exeter and Plymouth and runs on summer Sundays, starting this coming weekend and ending in September.The starting points are Princetown, Postbridge and Haytor and are scheduled to last between three and five hours.Full details are on the Dartmoor National Park website..

08 August 2006

Moorland access: all areas now open

Heavy and persistent rain (grough can vouch for that from a Scottish Highland Munro-bagging trip at the weekend) has led to the lifting of the access restrictions in national parks across the country.The Yorkshire Dales authority lifted its ban on Friday, and the North York Moors park’s western area reopened the day before.

08 August 2006

Annabelle's gong gets climbers steamed up

The cragrats on the UK Climbing forums are getting their ropes in a twist over the news that blonde uppercrust stunner Annabelle Bond has been awarded an OBE for, among other things, services to mountaineering.Annabelle was the fourth UK woman to stand on top of Everest when she summited in May 2004 and completed the highest mountains on each of the world’s seven continents to raise cash for the Eve Appeal which funds research into the prevention of ovarian cancer.

07 August 2006

Last chance to get close to Dales falcons

Walkers wanting a close up view of the Yorkshire Dales' hottest chicks need to act quickly.Peregrine falcon Clint in flight.

02 August 2006

Rockin' across Scotland: a walk fit for the king

Our friends at The Angry Corrie (TAC), the acerbic Scottish hillzine, have unearthed what must be one of the best silly walks since John Cleese offended the whole German race.Two inventive charity walkers eschewed the usual Three Peaks Challenge so beloved of the residents of Wasdale Head to tackle their own ‘King of Walks’, from Elvis to Presley.University lecturers David Gray and Nick Spedding travelled, in a bit of a roundabout way, from the little known Elvis Voe in Shetland to Presley near Forres in Moray to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.

02 August 2006

Munro bagger takes top post at MCofS

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has a new Senior Officer - its top post - and he wants your help.Dave Gibson, a former manager in the automotive industry (or making car parts as grough would call it) took up his post last week.

30 July 2006

Path blocked? Let 'em know about it

Ever come across a locked gate, a sign telling you to bugger off or any sort of unreasonable behaviour stopping you exercising your rights on access land?Highland cattle on the track to Ben Lui: not a problemOf course you have.

26 July 2006

How uncommon - protection for our open spaces

Today, grough has a little quiz for you. Mull over these quaint words and have a think if you've any idea what they mean.Estovers, pannage, piscar...

29 July 2006


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