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28 December 2007

'Frozen body' on fells is missing walker

Police today confirmed the identity of the man whose body was found encased in ice on the Cumbrian fells.After a check of dental records, and following a post-mortem examination on Christmas Eve, it was revealed that the body was that of missing walker Christopher John Dalgleish, who went missing more than a month ago.Christopher John Dalgleish, whose body was found on the Cumbrian fells He had last been seen shopping in Ambleside on 22 November.

27 December 2007

Kyrgyz peak will become Mount Santa Claus

A remote central Asian peak will next week officially become Mount Santa Claus.A team of mountaineers hope to summit the unnamed mountain to plant a capsule in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan on Christmas Eve.

22 December 2007

Mountain rescue: think the unthinkable

Britain’s volunteer mountain rescue services are under pressure.More and more walkers are using rescue teams to guide them from the mountain when they are lost.

16 December 2007

Nalgene drinks bottles pulled from shelves after health scare

One of the most respected outdoor retailers in Canada has withdrawn from sale drinks bottles, widely available in Britain, containing a controversial chemical.Mountain Equipment Co-op, which has no connection with the British Mountain Equipment clothing company, has taken off its shelves all containers made from polycarbonate.

21 December 2007

Judge throws out council's steps closure bid

Two campaigning groups have forced an authority to abandon plans to close a right-of-way.Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council wanted to shut the town’s historic Stringer Street Steps, but was ordered this week by a judge to come up with a plan to keep the route open.

16 December 2007

Concern mounts for missing Lakes walker

Concerns are mounting for fellwalker Christopher Dalgleish who went missing in Cumbria three weeks ago.Missing fellwalker Christopher DalgleishPolice are still appealing for any information from fellow walkers and cyclists which may lead them to finding the 66-year-old, from Middlesex.

12 December 2007

Rescuers say charity walkers' behaviour 'unacceptable'

Mountain rescue experts say a growing number of charity walkers are causing problems because of their lack of knowledge of the ethics of fellwalking.Rescuers are now issuing a desperate appeal for challenge participants to think before ringing for help on a whim.

14 June 2007

National parks' relief as minster pledges more cash

English national park authorities’ financial fears were assuaged this week with the announcement by the Government of more than £46m-worth of cash for the areas next year.Striding Edge in the Lake District national park.

09 December 2007

Half-price BMC membership on offer

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is having a January sale.Anyone joining in the first two months of 2008 – and electing to pay by direct debit – will get half price membership.The deal, which obviously aims to boost the numbers of the council, means a year’s membership can be had for £14.75.

31 December 2007

Eccentric owner of Peak eaterie dies

A Peak District climbers’ and walkers’ haunt has lost one of its most notorious characters.Grindleford Station Cafe owner Philip Eastwood collapsed and died of a heart attack while dancing at a party.

21 December 2007

Savour your greens this Christmas, say campaigners

Say the word ‘greens’ to most people at Christmas time, and thoughts turn to overcooked brussels sprouts.But campaigners are urging the public to think of another type of greens: the sort where you can walk your dog or kick a football.

21 December 2007

Ramblers offer chance to walk off Christmas excess

Quite how sitting in an armchair and describing your favourite walk as ‘the one between the sitting room and the dining room’ counts as supporting a campaign to get people out and about is beyond us, but apparently Terry Wogan is doing it.Winter walking: not for Terry WoganThe twinkly-eyed doyen of Radio 2 and numerous embarrassing Eurovision debacles is one of the ‘celebs’ trotted out to publicise the Ramblers’ Association’s Festival of Winter Walks.

19 December 2007

Cyclists and walkers will gain from Sustrans's ?50m win

Cyclists are big winners in a competition that saw a £50m lottery grant awarded to a Sustrans scheme.£50m of lottery cash will be spent to encourage cycling and walking The People’s £50 Million Giveaway, decided by votes from members of the public, will also mean improvements to schemes for walking routes.

13 December 2007

Buyout at Glencoe ski resort as liquidators move in

Scotland’s oldest ski resort was put into receivership today – and promptly snapped up in a management buy-out.Nearby Nevis Range has year-round facilities Glencoe Mountain Resort was put into the hands of liquidators Invocas after suffering, like other Scottish ski centres, from indifferent winters recently.

12 December 2007

Dales police crack down on off-roaders

Police and national park rangers in the Yorkshire Dales mounted an operation to tackle problems caused by motorbikes at the weekend.Bikers riding legally on Cam High RoadIllegal use of motorbikes and off-road vehicles on green lanes in the area is a continuing problem, causing damage to the landscape and disruption to other outdoor users.

11 December 2007

Hand-carved bridge graces Kinder route

A hand-carved wooden bridge has been installed on a popular route to the Peak District’s highest fell.Timber from a tree only 200m from the site was used to make the structure, which crosses Golden Clough, in the Grindsbrook valley, en route for the Kinder Scout plateau.

11 December 2007

Slackliners' contest will be climax of Fort William festival

Slacklining, mountain morality, the history of mountain rescue and the chance to win a grand: it’s festival time soon in Fort William, with nine days of mountain culture in the self-proclaimed outdoor capital of the UK.Winter walks on Ben Nevis will form part of the festivalPublicity for next year’s event, from 15 to 23 February, kicked off this week with a demonstration of the daredevil art of slacklining – walking across precarious abysses on webbing strapping – as Jon Ritson, an accomplished exponent of the activity, performed various stunts and tricks above the Lower Falls in Glen Nevis.The first ever UK Slacklining Masters’ competition will be staged on the last day of the festival.

05 December 2007

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