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08 March 2007

Inquest hears student loved the mountains

A winter climber who died of hypothermia in the Scottish Highlands was less than a mile from safety, an inquest heard.Richard Hardy’s body temperature was only 14°C when he was found by rescuers; normal temperature is 37°C.

09 March 2007

Police name Snowdon death-fall walker

Police have named a 60-year-old man who fell to his death from a Snowdonia ridge on Thursday.John Richard Norcross tumbled 100m from Crib Goch, the arête on the Snowdon horseshoe.

11 March 2007

Outdoors show underway in Brum

The annual Gore-Tex fest that is the Ordnance Survey Outdoors Show kicked off today at Birmingham’s NEC.Visitors to the three-day show can see previews of what they will be spending their pennies on in the coming months.

16 March 2007

New battle looms at Bannockburn

Scots are up in arms at a threat by quarrying companies to desecrate the site of a historic battle.Gillies Hill, which overlooks Bannockburn, where the famous victory of Robert the Bruce’s army over English forces took place, faces destruction by renewed quarrying.The hill was instrumental in the battle: it sheltered servants and followers of the armed forces – gillies – who were mistaken for reinforcements when they emerged from cover, and the English army was routed in its confusion.Now two companies say they will resume extracting stone from the mound and Stirling Council says it is powerless to stop them.

18 March 2007

Kilnsey climbers' path improved

The British Mountaineering Council has helped restore a climbers’ path under the imposing limestone Kilnsey Crag in the Yorkshire Dales.

18 March 2007

2012 Olympics overspend threatens outdoor funding

Outdoor sports and activities are at risk because of the massive overspend on the London Olympics.That’s the view of the British Mountaineering Council, which is urging lovers of the outdoors to petition the Government not to divert Lottery money from non-Olympic sports.The latest figures for the 2012 Olympics put the cost of the event at £9.35bn, nearly four times the original estimate.

19 March 2007

Mountain council meeting clashes with Kinder event

The British Mountaineering Council’s annual meeting and dinner takes place this year on 21 April.So we guess there will be no participation by the council’s top brass in the Kinder Scout celebrations which happen the same day, unless there’s going to be some very rapid driving on the roads between Derbyshire and north Wales.The BMC’s shindig happens over the weekend of 20 to 22 April at Plas-y-Brenin, the national mountain centre near Capel Curig.

20 March 2007

Wainwright series hits mainstream TV

The BBC must have realised that walking is popular: it’s just been announced that the Julia Bradbury-presented Wainwright’s Walks will be repeated, this time on BBC2.So those who don’t have digital TV can now enjoy the short series of four in which Julia follows Alfred Wainwright’s Pictorial Guides up Haystacks, Blencathra, Castle Crag and Scafell Pike.The first will be shown at 7pm on Friday, 6 April, with episodes two and three shown at the same time the following weeks before broadcasts of men kicking balls or thwacking leather with a wooden stick intervene for two weeks, so the final episode will air after sports fans have had their fill of whatever vigorous activity their overpaid heroes are indulging in.The whole series, plus the documentary probing – albeit very gingerly – the life of the Grumpy Old Fellwalker, will be issued on double DVD in the summer..

23 March 2007

Any takers for cheap Alpine courses?

Subsidised Alpine mountaineering courses are on offer, thanks to a charitable trust.The three-day courses will be run in Chamonix by professional guides and will give an introduction to Alpine mountaineering.

08 March 2007

Inquest hears student loved the mountains

A winter climber who died of hypothermia in the Scottish Highlands was less than a mile from safety, an inquest heard.Richard Hardy’s body temperature was only 14°C when he was found by rescuers; normal temperature is 37°C.

09 March 2007

Honister via ferrata stirs emotions

There are cries of ‘It’s not the British way’ resonating around the crags of Borrowdale and Buttermere in response to the news that the country’s first via ferrata will be established.Left: Buttermere with Fleetwith Pike at its head, site of the country's first via ferrataNews that the Honister Slate Mine company is to set up the first via ferrata in Britain has brought howls of horror as well as squeals of anticipation among different sections of the outdoor community.The company is aiming to have the route set up to coincide with the Keswick Mountain Festival in May.

16 March 2007

Canavan will head Scottish Ramblers

The Ramblers’ Association in Scotland has elected a retiring MSP as its president.Dennis Canavan, an independent member of the Holyrood parliament, will give up his seat at the next election.

16 March 2007

Billionaire in line to snap up Mountain Warehouse

Secretive billionaire Mike Ashley could be in line to take over bargain outdoor retailer Mountain Warehouse.According to financial pundits the chain, currently owned by private-equity investors, is sniffing around for potential buyers and the reclusive former boss of Sports Direct International is at the front of the queue.Mr Ashley currently owns outdoor clothing brand Karrimor and has a 29% share in troubled retail group Blacks, which runs the Millets, Blacks and O’Neill outfits.

18 March 2007

See Julia's final TV Wainwright tomorrow

BBC4’s celebration of some of the Grumpy Old Fellwalker’s most famous routes ends on a high tomorrow night.Pictured: Scafell Pike, right, and ScafellJulia Bradbury tackles England’s highest fell Scafell Pike in the last of a series of four in which she has followed Alfred Wainwright’s celebrated Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.En route, she encounters celebrated Wasdale sheep farmer and fellrunner Jos Naylor, whose most famous feat was the completion in 1972 of 63 peaks and 92 miles of running to set a world record, helped by former Olympic runner Chris Brasher.We doubt that Julia will be going at Jos’s pace, even though he is now in his 70s.

18 March 2007

Sheffield adventure weekend coming up

Armchair adventurers can thrill to more than 60 films this weekend.The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival – ShAFF – starts on Friday and includes world premieres among its selection of celluloid gems.

19 March 2007

grough: we're back

Apologies to those avid grough readers who have been unable to access the site during the last few hours.

23 March 2007

Lakes farmer pleads for dog control

A Cumbrian farmer has pleaded with walkers to keep dogs on a lead – for the sake of wild birds.Ground-nesting birds are at risk when dogs are allowed to roam free, and a Longsleddale man says the problem has got worse since the introduction of right-to-roam laws.Rodney Dixon, who farms at Well Foot, Longsleddale, said: “When I was a kid there were regularly 20 or more pairs of curlews on our heather fell.

23 March 2007

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