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08 January 2007

Mountain rescuers in call for Government cash

A Welsh MP says the Government takes mountain rescue teams for granted, as calls were made for more public money for the rescuers.The Mountain Rescue Council (MRC) for England and Wales says teams are increasingly used by police in urban searches, and this is stretching the volunteer teams’ budgets to the limit.

01 February 2007

Views sought on bigger Cairngorm park

The Scottish Parliament wants views on plans to extend the Cairngorm National Park.A bill before the Scottish legislature proposes including the Forest of Atholl, Blair Atholl, the Beinn A’Ghlo range and Beinn Udlamain.

24 January 2007

Campaign against Peak quarry goes on

The British Mountaineering Council’s campaign against Peak quarrying continues, with pleas for views to be sent straight to them.The Save Longstone Edge battle goes on, with a series of walks on Sunday, 4 February, in the area, where participants can see the destruction wrought by quarrying.Climbers and walkers who have sent submissions to the Peak planning inspectorate have had their letters sent back because the deadline has passed, but the British Mountaineering Council says these can be sent straight to them, since they have already registered their interest in speaking at the inquiry.A number of outdoor shops and climbing walls in Sheffield and the Peak have also agreed to collect letters.

24 January 2007

Update on this year's Nine Edges

There’s another chance to challenge your stamina and help a mountain rescue team.Edale Mountain Rescue Team is running its Nine Edges Endurance again this year and it’s inviting entries now.

23 January 2007

Cathedral ceremony marks Wainwright centenary

Fans of the Grumpy Old Fellwalker gathered yesterday in the distinctly un-outdoors Blackburn Cathedral to celebrate the centenary of his birth.As his sometime walking companion, broadcaster Eric Robson, said in his address to the gathered acolytes of Alfred Wainwright: “Even though AW would rather be on the hill than in the pew it’s appropriate that we should be celebrating his life in this cathedral church in Blackburn.”The ceremony marked the anniversary of the compiler of probably the best known walking guides produced in England, Wainwright’s meticulously illustrated Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells.

22 January 2007

Court shown Lakeland photos of bomb suspects

A police officer has told a London jury how he watched five men accused of a failed bomb attack on a campsite in the Lake District.The officer said he saw the group apparently praying together in a semicircle.

17 January 2007

London bomb suspects 'took part in Langdale camp'

Five of the men on trial for plotting to bomb innocent Londoners had been under surveillance in the Lake District, a court was told.Woolwich Crown Court heard that pictures were taken of the group during a camping trip in Langdale, Cumbria, 14 months before the men’s failed attempt to detonate bombs on the capital’s transport system.The jury at the trial was shown pictures of the men, taken by police, of the alleged bombers dressed in outdoor gear and loading camping equipment into cars, with the Langdale fells as a backdrop.

16 January 2007

No snow for Snowdon by 2020

Welsh scientists are warning that the principality’s highest mountain will be snow-free in 13 year’s time.There has been less snow this winter since recording began 14 years ago.

13 January 2007

Deadly bird flu: what you need to know

The outbreak of deadly bird flu at a Bernard Matthews farm in Suffolk has brought renewed fears that Britain’s great outdoors will once again be out-of-bounds.Tens of thousands of birds have been killed by gassing at the farm near Lowestoft.

04 February 2007

Mountain councils' advice after Cairn Gorm deaths

Mountain experts have issued advice to those venturing into the high ground of the British Isles in the light of the five deaths on Cairn Gorm.The three home mountaineering councils have stressed the need to build up experience and not to go beyond your capabilities.One of the most significant pieces of advice issued by the British Mountaineering Council, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the Mountaineering Council of Ireland is not to be swayed by the hype which has built up around adventurous activities.

30 January 2007

Views sought on bigger Cairngorm park

The Scottish Parliament wants views on plans to extend the Cairngorm National Park.A bill before the Scottish legislature proposes including the Forest of Atholl, Blair Atholl, the Beinn A’Ghlo range and Beinn Udlamain.

24 January 2007

Cold War relic greets polar team

Three Britons are celebrating reaching one of the remotest places on Earth – and finding a Russian revolutionary leader.Henry Cookson, Rupert Longsdon and Rory Sweet battled against bone-chilling sub-zero temperatures and high winds to reach the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility, the furthest point from any ocean, in Antarctica.Above: Lenin watches over the team at the Southern Pole of InaccessibilityThe Canadian-British N2i expedition, led by Paul Landry, trekked more than 1,700km and discovered a bust of Soviet hero Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov – better known as Lenin.

23 January 2007

Police name climber killed in Cairn Gorm fall

Police have named the climber who died on Cairn Gorm last Friday.He was 48-year-old Mike Rough, of Devon.

23 January 2007

Fifth climber dies in Northern Corries tragedy

A Scottish corrie has claimed the life a fifth mountaineer in two months.The grim winter on Cairn Gorm continued with the death yesterday of a climber in the Coire an-t Sneachda – the same site as the previous four fatalities.The exceptionally mild winter has meant many winter climbing routes are not in good condition.

20 January 2007

New bridge means Three Peaks route change

Walkers on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route have a slight change of route.A new bridge has been built over a beck to avoid having to go through the farmyard at Nether Lodge Farm.Farmer John Sedgewick (right) with the footbridge in the backgroundA footpath diversion is now in place after no objections were raised to the alternative skirting the farm.

17 January 2007

Pennine town celebrates Walkers Welcome status

The Calderdale town of Hebden Bridge is to celebrate its Walkers are Welcome status with a festival next month.Ramblers’ Association chairman Kate Ashbrook will be among speakers at the event in the West Yorkshire town, the first in the country to gain the new accolade.

13 January 2007

Big Brother?s Jade wants to climb that one with an E

Jade Goody, the reality TV woman famous for – ahm, how can we put this politely – being a few IQ points short of Mensa membership, is aiming to join the pantheon of super alpinists.Jade, 25, who has recently lost two stones, says she is so fit, she wants to climb that big mountain that begins with an E.

03 January 2007

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