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Search continues for 'confused' Ben Nevis walker

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23 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

Lakes rescuers find body of walker

Rescuers in the Lake District have found the body of a walker who had been reported overdue.The man, from Cumbria, was found by members of the Langdale-Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team on Red Screes.

26 March 2008

Campaigners pitch in against Bristol path threat

Campaigners are crying foul after a council announced it wanted to move a path to make way for sports pitches.

31 March 2008

Police name Cairn Gorm crash pilot

Police have named the pilot of a light aircraft which crashed close to the Ptarmigan restaurant on Cairn Gorm.Worcestershire businessman Gary Key’s Piper Saratoga narrowly missed the packed resort before smashing into the mountainside near the funicular railway.

09 April 2008

Double victory for greens campaigners

Campaigners are celebrating after successfully registering land in south Wales as a village green to stave off development.The Open Spaces Society helped local residents who gathered evidence that land at Bishop’s Grove, Sketty, west Swansea, had been used for informal recreation for 20 years.

11 April 2008

Rescuers called to Lakes 'crevasse' walker

A Lake District rescue team had an unusual callout on early on Tuesday: a man stuck in a crevasse.A spokesman for the team said: “There are no glaciers in Wasdale.” The rescuers were alerted to the plight of the walker by a 999 call saying the man was stuck in a type of chasm more commonly found in Khumbu or Yakutat, even though the caller was unsure which mountain he was on.

23 April 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

Rescue teams find body in Grizedale Forest

Rescuers searching for a missing man have found a body in Grizedale Forest.Coniston Mountain Rescue Team was joined in the search on Saturday night by RAF MRT members who were in the area on a training exercise.

24 March 2008

Ten Tors youngsters airlfted to safety

Foul weather led to the evacuation of 18 people who were practising for the annual Ten Tors challenge event.The youngsters were airlifted from Dartmoor and taken back to the event’s base at Okehampton.

31 March 2008

Walkers safe after night in snow shelter

Two Highland walkers are safe after spending the night on the hills.A search was launched for the man and woman in their 40s, from Strathclyde, who were missing in the Inchnadamph area in Sutherland after going for a walk on Sunday.

08 April 2008

Lakes boatman's legal challenge fails

A boating enthusiast has failed in a legal bid to muddy the waters in a case involving a Lake District speed limit.Kevan Furber had argued that a bylaw introduced to slow down boats on Windermere was unclear – it was vague as to whether it was measured in miles per hour or nautical miles per hour.But a judge has ruled that the law is perfectly clear and Mr Furber will now face prosecution for exceeding the limit, while towing a 74-year-old blind water skier.

10 April 2008

Wainwright-liveried bus links Lakes towns

Lovers of Alfred Wainwright’s Lakeland tomes have a new route they can tackle.A bus linking the tourist honeypots of Windermere and Keswick has been adorned with artwork depicting the Grumpy Old Fellwalker.

16 April 2008

Footpath bid in Vixen Tor access battle

Three outdoor bodies will tomorrow lobby councillors to grant rights of way to a crag at the centre of an access row.The Ramblers’ Association, British Mountaineering Council and the Vixen Tor Action Group will hand in evidence that local people regularly walked paths to Vixen Tor, a granite outcrop on Dartmoor that was a haven for climbers and walkers before owner Mary Alford bought the land.The tor was excluded as access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act and has since become a cause célèbre for both climbers and walkers who want to use the site for recreation.

23 April 2008

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