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20 September 2006

Dangerous development on Ireland's highest peak

A small but important note for anyone heading to tackle Ireland’s highest peak.The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team is warning walkers that a path has developed on the summit of Carrauntoohil which leads to dangerous ground.The team says walkers navigating from the summit, particularly in poor visibility, need to exercise care to find the correct, safe routes off.

23 September 2006

Tuesday meetings for Peak quarry objectors

Two groups united against a quarry extension in the Peak District hold meetings tomorrow.The Save Longstone Edge group is opposing plans to extend the quarry near Bakewell, which it says will create a scar on the landscape of the limestone fell.

26 September 2006

Views sought on Speyside Way route

The Cairngorms National Park Authority wants your views on extending the Speyside Way beyond Aviemore.The authority is putting forward two alternatives for a section leading south-west from the town.

03 October 2006

Wainwright centenary event for Rovers

Celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Grumpy Old Fellwalker Alfred Wainwright will kick off not at the side of the tarn on Haystacks but, surprisingly, at the home of Blackburn Rovers.And in case you’re wondering, that’s not the name of a rambling group in the Lancashire town, but the overpaid prancers who kick a ball around each week.

06 October 2006

Stagecoach boss calls in Sheriff to settle row

A bus tycoon is upping the ante in her battle with the Ramblers’ Association in Scotland (RAS).Stagecoach millionaires Ann Gloag is demanding a court convene in the garden of her Perthshire pad to see the threat to her privacy posed by a Ramblers’ challenge.Mrs Gloag erected a seven-foot high security fence around the category-A listed Kinfauns Castle without planning permission.

10 October 2006

Work out how good your walk is for the earth

Obviously, as a browser of grough, you’re someone who prides themselves in their walking prowess and the fact you can get up a hill at a good pace.

17 October 2006

Ennerdale bridge is Jack's bequest

Walkers in Ennerdale now have a new bridge to cross, thanks to a bequest from an enthusiast.Bury man Jack Farraday left £5,000 in his will to the Friends of the Lake District, to which he belonged.

18 October 2006

Snowdon call-out takes rescue team to new high

Llanberis mountain rescue team has had a record-breaking year.Latest call-out for the team yesterday to a family crag-fast on Crib Goch took the rescuers’ tally over its 2005 total of 85, itself a record.A 20-man squad rescued a walker who broke her ankle on Monday.

25 October 2006

Harness recall notice and battery advice issued

Two manufacturers have issued warnings about their equipment.The first, and perhaps most urgent, is from climbing gear makers Black Diamond who have put out a ‘stop using until inspected’ instruction on some of their climbing harnesses.The models affected are the ‘Speed’ range – Focus Speed, Gym Speed, Momentum Speed and Vario Speed harnesses along with the Wiz Kid.

20 September 2006

Cozmo says The North Face is Cool

You may have noticed that grough tends to fight shy of the usual brand recommendations and exhaustive gear reviews.We have neither the time nor the money to fritter on comparing fifteen makes of water purification systems or enlightening you on which expensive waterproof makes you sweat the most (they all make me sweat – Ed).The CoolBrands Council's website (right)So it is with trepidation that grough dips its boot-clad toe in the murky waters of outdoors brands.

25 September 2006

DJ to deliver AW lecture

Radio 2 DJ and upcoming grumpy Stuart Maconie will deliver this year’s Wainwright Memorial Lecture.The Lancastrian, better known for his cameos in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and numerous appearances as a Rent-an-Opinion on Channel Four’s The 100 Best series, Maconie will no doubt be recounting his more fell-oriented pursuits.Falling far short, in grough’s opinion, of being a Grumpy Old Man at only 46, Maconie is a fan of the fells, and has reputedly more than 200 Wainwrights under his Vibram.

29 September 2006

Charity trekkers at risk on Kilimanjaro

A shock report claims that not one of 20 charity treks up Kilimanjaro it studied followed expert advice to protect participants.Mountain medicine experts say this is putting lives at risk from altitude-related illnesses.The report, presented at the Symposium of Climbing and Altitude Medicine held at Plas-y-Brenin at the weekend, heard that the recommendation for anyone heading for the summit of Kilimanjaro should spend at least seven days above 2,500 m to acclimatise.

03 October 2006

Glenmore offers an ice try

With winter just round the corner, climbers have the chance to learn all about ice techniques at two events next month.Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s national outdoor training centre, is offering the chance to brush up on equipment and techniques for climbing steep waterfall ice.

07 October 2006

Paddlers need better access, says canoe union

England and Wales’ 1½ million paddlers are getting a raw deal, according to the British Canoe Union (BCU).The governing body for canoeing and kayaking in Britain has cast doubts on the results of an access survey conducted by the University of Brighton which said that voluntary agreements for securing access for river users was successful.The report, commissioned by the Government quango the Environment Agency, looked at four voluntary agreements on river access and came out in favour of taking the voluntary route.

11 October 2006

The end is nigh... Oh no, it isn't

The heart swells with pride, the muscles regain their power, the spring returns to your step. You’re almost finished: 95 miles under the belt an...

17 October 2006

Sir Ranulph to tackle mountain marathon

Explorer Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE, (Ran to his mates) will be among those tackling the Original Mountain Marathon this weekend.The event, formerly known as the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon, has 66 teams in the elite class.

24 October 2006

Cheddar Gorge out of bounds to climbers next month

There will be no weekday climbing in the Cheddar Gorge when a road closure is enforced next month.Rock safety work means the B3135 running through the Gorge will be shut from 2 November until 30 November.

26 October 2006


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