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30 May 2007

Nevis climbers survive night on Tower Ridge

Three young climbers survived a night on Ben Nevis’s Tower Ridge after becoming disoriented.They were rescued by members of Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) after a Royal Navy helicopter located them late yesterday evening, but was unable to land.

30 May 2007

Jim Perrin shortlisted for Wales book award

Spiky outdoors writer Jim Perrin has been shortlisted for the Wales Book of the Year writer’s award.Perrin, whose eloquence held the audience at this year’s celebration of the Kinder Scout mass trespass, has The Climbing Essays among the list of six.Jim Perrin Judges described his writing as ‘quirky and rule-breaking’.

30 May 2007

Cairngorm transfer on hold after poor winter figures

Recent poor skiing conditions have thrown a spanner in the works of the plan to transfer the Cairngorm Estate ownership.Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) was due to hand over the 1,418 hectare (3,304 acre) area to the Forestry Commission.

30 May 2007

Mountain 'Eden' planned for Cairngorms

It has emerged that one of the principal reasons for the postponement of the Cairngorm Estate transfer is the plan to build an ‘Eden of the North’ on the site.As reported by grough , Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which owns the estate, was due to transfer ownership to the Forestry Commission.

31 May 2007

Cliff path reopens ten years after closure

A section of the South West Coast Path has reopened after ten years of closure.The route between Thatcher Point and Thatcher House, near Torbay, was closed after a cliff fall.

06 June 2007

Walkers urged to be on lookout after poisoning case

Walkers are being asked to be on the alert for wildlife poisoning after a Scottish gamekeeper was found guilty of setting carcasses laced with poison to attract birds of prey.George Aitken of Lauder, in the Borders, was sentenced by Selkirk Sheriff Court to 220 hours of community service for the offences, which he admitted.

06 June 2007

Climbers attempt Everest the Mallory way

Tomorrow sees the final push for the team attempting to recreate the historic attempt on Everest by George Mallory and Sandy Irving.

07 June 2007

Flashers on the fells: when to call the police

Langdale-Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team has issued some friendly advice following an abortive call-out.The team was alerted by a call from Great Langdale’s National Trust website – which seems to be gaining a notoriety as the source of grief for rescue teams – which reported flashing lights on the crag above the dale.Investigations by the rescue team revealed only a few climbers packing up their gear after a session on Raven Crag.

14 June 2007

Armagh beauty-spot bodies 'are health hazard'

Councillors in South Armagh say the bodies of dead animals dumped at a beauty spot pose a hazard to health.The carcasses of sheep and cows were illegally left in the Slieve Gullion area and risk contaminating streams and farms in the district.

30 May 2007

Footpath closed after birds attack

Marauding birds have forced the closure of a Bowland footpath.Half a dozen people have been attacked by a pair of eagle owls which is nesting close to the path, to the North of Dunsop Bridge.

30 May 2007

Via ferrata 'will not affect Fleetwith access'

The setting up of the country’s first via ferrata route has prompted concerns about access in the area.The route, using steel steps and ladders to scale Honister Crag, was set up by Honister Slate Mine.

30 May 2007

New arrival for Donegal eagles

Conservation officers are celebrating the birth of the first wild golden eagle to be raised in Ireland for nearly 100 years.The chick was hatched in the Glenveagh National Park, County Donegal, by a pair of birds introduced as part of a project to re-establish the breed.

30 May 2007

Welsh mountain race man dies after fall

A mountain race competitor died after falling in Snowdonia yesterday.Sgt Paul Upton, a member of the Parachute Regiment, fell 150m on Carnedd Llewelyn, above the Ffynnon Llugwy reservoir.

03 June 2007

Outdoor retail boss walks as shops close

Struggling outdoor retail group Blacks Leisure has parted company with its chief executive.Russell Hardy will receive an undisclosed payout after being ousted from the post following disappointing trading.

06 June 2007

Farms open across Britain this Sunday

Farmers will be throwing open their gates this weekend to show what goes on behind the cowsheds and haybarns.Open Farm Sunday involves agricultural concerns across Great Britain ranging from smallholdings to colleges and members of the public can get a close-up view of animals as diverse as alpacas and reindeer.Drystone walling demonstrations, milking, animal husbandry and harvesting will all be on view at selected farms.

07 June 2007

Mountain council website relaunches

The promised makeover of the British Mountaineering Council's website has taken place, giving the venerable old edifice a lick of paint and a more modern look.Navigation is a little easier and there is an increase in the use of graphics and photographs.

11 June 2007

Salmond: wait and see on access reform

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said Parliament must wait for the outcome of pending legal processes before considering whether the country’s right-to-roam laws need reforming.He was speaking following the successful appeal of Stagecoach millionaire Ann Gloag against an order to open land to the public at her £4m Kinfauns Castle estate.

15 June 2007


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