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12 February 2008

Nepal airport honour for Everest heroes

The Nepalese government has confirmed that the airstrip at Lukla will be renamed Tenzing Hillary Airport.Lukla airport, pictured by grough reader Denzil BroadhurstThe authorities also said they were looking for a suitable mountain peak to be named after the first Everest conquerors, and that the trekkers' trail to base camp would be called the Tenzing Hillary Trekking Route.Sir Edmund Hillary, who died last month, was instrumental in the setting up of the airstrip, the hairy approach to which is most trekkers’ and would-be summiteers’ introduction to the high-adrenaline world of the Himalayas.

11 February 2008

Body found in search for former mountain rescuer

A man’s body has been found by rescue teams searching for missing climber Peter Grant.Mr Grant, a former member of the Kintail Mountain Rescue Team and the Search and Rescue Dogs Association, failed to return after a solo climbing trip in the south of Torridon.

10 February 2008

Beauty spot biking bid may be decided in secret

A controversial plan for a motorbiking centre in a protected landscape could be passed in secret by just two councillors.South Hams council, in Devon, is set to decide the application to build the off-roading centre behind closed doors, with no discussion by its full planning committee.

08 February 2008

Scots cable car company to face safety charges

The operators of the Aonach Mòr gondola face criminal prosecution following a serious accident 18 months ago.The Procurator Fiscal has advised the Nevis Range Development Company that it faces charges in relation to the incident in July 2006 in which one of the cable cars fell from the cable and plunged to the ground.

04 February 2008

Free audio guides for Peak walkers at visitor cenrtre

Walkers in the Peak District can now plug in their MP3 players and get a guided walk, free of charge.Accompanying maps can also be printed out at the download centre, which national park authorities say is only the second in the country.

03 February 2008

YHA pumps ?13m of cash into hostels

Youth hostels across England and Wales are being modernised at a cost of more than £13m.Haworth youth hostel is among those to benefit from the extra cash Hostels at Ilam in the Peak District and at Pen-y-Pass in north Wales will see major revamps, with £2m spent on the former and nearly £1m on the Welsh site.

30 January 2008

GPS jamming won't affect walkers

The Ministry of Defence has put out warnings about two periods when Global Positioning System signals will be jammed.However, these shouldn’t trouble most outdoor users – the signal interruptions will take place at sea.

30 January 2008

Wild about camping? Sign the petition

The more perceptive of our readers may have noticed a post in our forums about an e-petition to Gordon Brown.Outdoors blogger Darren Christie wants outdoors lovers in England and Wales to have the same rights to pitch in the wild as our fortunate campers north of the Border.

27 January 2008

Caver stranded below ground after ropes removed

A man was stranded at the bottom of a 110m Yorkshire Dales cave after another party mistakenly removed his ropes.The caver, from Skipton, North Yorkshire, was reported overdue after a trip down the Gaping Gill system on the slopes of Ingleborough.

11 February 2008

Body of holidaymaker found in Highland lochan

The body of a man missing for a week in the Highlands was found today by a member of the public.Cordell Thompson, a South African living in Reading, was reported missing by staff at the High Range Hotel, Aviemore, on Friday.

12 February 2008

First-class post for mountain-rescue dog

A hero of the mountains got the stamp of approval today.Search-and-rescue dog Merrick, a labrador-collie cross from Perth is the star of the Royal Mail’s 46p stamp, which is part of a series featuring working dogs.The Royal Mail stamp featuring Merrick The dog was head-hunted by the stamp’s producers when they spotted his picture on the website of the Search and Rescue Dogs Association (Southern Scotland).

05 February 2008

Photographer will give Wainwright lecture

This year’s Wainwright Memorial Lecture will be delivered by photographer Derry Brabbs.Brabbs’s pictures illustrated several of Alfred Wainwright’s works later on in the author’s career, including Wainwright on the Pennine Way, Fellwalking with Wainwright and Wainwright in Scotland.Derry Brabbs The lecture, the sixth such, will take place at Rheged, near Penrith, on Saturday, 11 October.Previous speakers have included Cameron McNeish and Radio 2 presenter Stuart Maconie.

29 January 2008

Julia repeats Wainwright's Helvellyn route

Julia Bradbury hits the fells again this week in a repeat of the second series of Wainwright’s Walks.Helvellyn is the destination for the first of the re-run of six episodes.

03 February 2008

Climber crawled four hours to rescue box

Lost fellwalkers who hit 999 at the first sign of a light mist may want to look to a 61-year-old retired doctor as an example of how to act in a true mountain emergency.Lochnagar's north faceDavid WhiteBill Church fell 200m when an avalanche swept him off a gully on the north face of Lochnagar.

01 February 2008

60 involved in rescue of injured Highland mountaineer

A major operation successfully brought a mountaineer to safety after he spent a night on a Highland peak.The 61-year-old solo walker was reported missing after failing to return from a trip on Lochnagar, Deeside.

31 January 2008

Police name Snowdon death-fall boy

North Wales Police have named the 11-year-old boy who died on Snowdon.Liam Costello of Woolton, Liverpool was ridge walking with his father, also called Liam, when he slipped and fell from Crib y Ddysgl on the Snowdon horseshoe.Liam suffered serious head injuries in the 60m fall and was stretchered off the mountain by members of Llanberis and Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Teams to an RAF helicopter.

29 October 2007

Man critical after Lancashire quarry fall

A man is in a critical condition after a fall in a Lancashire quarry.Christopher Walsh, of Liverpool, fell 25m (82ft) to the bottom of Anglezarke Quarry, at Rivington between Chorley and Horwich.

28 January 2008


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