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25 February 2008

Rescue crews search for missing Torridon climber

Three mountain rescue teams and a search helicopter are involved in looking for a missing climber in Torridon.Seven search-and-rescue dogs are also taking part.

08 February 2008

Mountain culture award for Hamish MacInnes

A mountain-rescue pioneer will be the first recipient of a new award, to be presented at the end of the upcoming Fort William Mountain Festival.Hamish MacInnes, the man who turned his mountaineering expertise to the invention of a new stretcher, the introduction of search and rescue dogs into his native Scotland and the production of a handbook on mountain rescue, will receive the inaugural Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture.Dr MacInnes will be presented with the award at a ceremony on 23 February in the Lochaber town, which will include a DVD presentation detailing his achievements and containing testimonials from friends and fellow climbers.

11 February 2008

Body found by Llanberis searchers

Rescuers searching for a missing Milton Keynes man have found a body near Pen-y-pass in SnowdoniaDavinder Kundi, 36, was reported missing on Wednesday.

15 February 2008

Bonington's radio view of mountain exhibition closure

Everest mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington will discuss the closure of the National Mountaineering Exhibition on BBC radio this Friday.The former British Mountaineering Council president will be interviewed on Radio 4’s consumer programme You and Yours, at noon on 22 February.

18 February 2008

Moors plea to control dogs in nesting season

A national park authority is taking the lead in protecting birds.The North York Moors national park is asking dog owners to keep their dogs on a leash during the nesting season.

29 February 2008

Yorkshire rescuers help in Highland search

A fell rescue team from Yorkshire was in action today – in the Scottish Highlands.The team, which was training in the area, have joined forces from Tayside Police and a helicopter crew from RAF Lossiemouth searching for a missing 83-year-old man in Perthshire.George Borthwick was last seen in his back garden in Pitlochry at 7.45 this morning.

02 March 2008

Gay climbers' group joins BMC fold

A lesbian and gay climbing club was among nine new organisations affiliated to the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) at its national council meeting yesterday.The London-based Not So Trad – Southern Lesbian and Gay Climbers’ Club was ratified as an affiliate, along with the Metropolitan Police Mountaineering Club and the Taunton Trailblazers.

09 March 2008

Canavan leads Ramblers' protest walk

The Ramblers’ Association’s Scottish president has been hitting the trails this weekend.Dennis Canavan, a former MP and MSP, led a walk today to the Sauchieburn estate, where millionaire owner Bill Roddie is trying to keep out walkers, despite the right to roam granted by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act.And yesterday, he led a party of walkers on a brief, 30-minute stroll to demonstrate the health benefits of walking.

16 March 2008

Quarry fall man has no memory of accident

A man who was found in a critical state after a fall in a Lancashire quarry is improving in hospital – and can’t remember how he ended up at the bottom of a 25m (82ft) drop.Christopher Walsh, 43, was rescued by Bolton Mountain Rescue Team and airlifted by air ambulance to Royal Blackburn Hospital after his cries for help were heard by passers-by.He had head, chest and pelvic injuries and also suffered damage to his left arm and leg.

08 February 2008

Torridon climbing victim's identity confirmed

Police have confirmed that the body found in Torridon is that of former mountain rescue team member Peter Grant.Mr Grant, of Balmacara near Kyle of Lochalsh, went climbing last Wednesday but was reported missing the following day.

11 February 2008

Chiltern path signs go missing in theft

A stock of 76 signs which was to have marked a long-distance trail has been stolen before the notices were even installed.The waymarkers would have been put up on the 172-mile Chiltern Way circular walk, but went missing when a trailer was stolen.

14 February 2008

Call for action on access-land sign attacks

Attacks on right-to-roam signs in Wales are damaging tourism and deterring walkers from areas opened up under access law.Damage estimated at £5,000 has been caused to signs in Carmarthenshire, which were placed to inform the public where they could use open access land.

15 February 2008

Scots ski-range operators in court after crash

A Scottish ski-range employee denied charges of endangering people’s lives yesterday.Kevin Byrne, an employee of the Nevis Range Development Company,  pleaded not guilty to the charge, and to causing severe injury and permanent disfigurement and to contravening the Health and Safety Act.

22 February 2008

Man dies in Yorkshire canoe accident

A paddler has died after he became trapped on a weir on a Yorkshire river.The 37-year-old man was rescued by a specialist team from the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, but died in Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax.The man, from the Leeds area, got into difficulties while canoeing on the River Calder at Luddendenfoot.

02 March 2008

Search continues for Perthshire hillwalker

Mountain rescue teams are continuing their search for a missing Perthshire man.George Borthwick, 83, a keen hillwalker, has not been seen since early Sunday morning.

04 March 2008

Police name Torridon fall victim

Police have named a woman who died in a fall in Torridon.Weilin Wang, 24, of Caversham, Reading, Berkshire, fell into a gully on Fuar Tholl, near Achnashellach in Glen Carron on Monday.She was with a group of walkers when the accident happened.

13 March 2008

Everest ban puts Fiennes charity bid in jeopardy

Eiger conqueror Sir Ranulph Fiennes’s bid to summit Everest is in jeopardy after Nepalese authorities acceded to Chinese demands to close the south side of the mountain.Amid rising turmoil over China’s occupation of Tibet in the run-up to the Olympic Games, Beijing last week banned climbers from the northern face and asked the regime in Kathmandu to do the same.

18 March 2008

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