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01 January 2007

Season's greetings from grough

All the staff at grough would like to wish you all a very happy and peaceful Christmas.We hope you've been good girls and boys and that Santa brings you lots of toys to enhance your enjoyment of the great outdoors.

23 December 2006

Mountain teams help overwhelmed ambulance service

The ambulance service in Greater Manchester called in mountain rescuers when it was overwhelmed by the number of calls in its area.Members of Bolton Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) responded to 999 calls using its fleet of four Land Rovers, which are legally classed as ambulances.The Oldham team and colleagues from Rossendale and Pendle MRT were also involved in the first crisis on Tuesday, 5 December, when a record number of emergency calls were received by the North West Ambulance Service’s Belle Vue control centre.

15 December 2006

Company's free podcast guides to reservoir walk

Yorkshire Water has produced a set of free podcasts to guide walkers round its Swinsty Reservoir in North Yorkshire.Six mp3 files can be downloaded from its website to be put on your player and used at various points on the three-mile stroll.

15 December 2006

Lack of interest leads to Wainwright dinner cancellation

The celebratory dinner which was to have taken place to mark the centenary of Grumpy Old Fellwalker Alfred Wainwright’s birth has been cancelled due to lack of interest.The Wainwright Society had planned the informal meal at the Ewood Park home of Blackburn Rovers, a team of men who knock around a football and get paid a lot of money for doing so.

15 December 2006

Letter: Ramblers' Association and politics

The Ramblers' Association (RA) claims to be the national walkers' charity, and charity trustees should work hard to avoid creating perceptions of political bias.

12 December 2006

Council says 'no' to Yorkshire access land drilling

A West Yorkshire council today rejected plans aimed at extending a quarry into access land.Bradford Council’s executive threw out proposals for test drilling on Harden Moor, near Cullingworth.

05 December 2006

Storm over future of mountain weather service

Storm clouds are gathering over the future of mountain weather forecasts and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) wants hillwalkers and climbers to flood a minister’s office with demands for a decent service.Left, Weather station, Aonach MorResponding to a report on the BBC that the future of the independently run and well respected Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) is in jeopardy, the council says it wants mountaineers to press for a properly structured service for Scottish mountains.Forecaster Geoff Monk has run his free service from his base in Galloway.

30 November 2006

Water company to charge for right-to-roam access

A water company is planning to charge for access to its extensive right-to-roam areas.United Utilities (UU), which owns about 58,000 hectares (143,300 acres) of land in north-western England, says it will start charging up to £50 for commercial groups using its property.

27 November 2006

Mountain tops bask in sunshine

While the recent weather may have brought misery to thousands of would-be air travellers, stay-at-home mountaineers have had the bonus of some spectacular temperature inversions to wonder at.grough reader Bob Schofield sent this picture of a crowded Pavey Ark in Great Langdale in the Lake District, taken yesterday afternoon.Normally, air temperature lowers by about 3 degrees Celsius for every 300m ascended – the lapse rate – hence the familiar chill on mountain tops.

24 December 2006

New podcast to guide Ribblehead visitors

It seems the next essential gadget for all hillwalkers will be an MP3 player.The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) is the latest to adopt podcasts to guide visitors to the outdoors to its attractions.Ribblehead viaduct and Batty Moss (above right) : the audio guide will help visitors to the areaThe authority has produced a nine-minute long audio tour which can be downloaded and then taken on your personal MP3 player on the route of the walk, which takes the visitor round the environs of Ribblehead.The area is a site with lots of historic interest, from its time as a shanty town during the construction of the viaduct carrying the Settle and Carlisle Railway.

23 December 2006

UN commander's TV bid to resolve Dartmoor conflict

He has worked in Bosnia and Northern Ireland, tackling some of the most difficult situations in the world.

18 December 2006

Munro man Perry will lead Africa charity climb

Steve Perry, the man who last winter conquered all Scotland’s 284 Munros in one, non-stop trip, is taking on a new challenge next year.The 35-year-old engineer from Todmorden, West Yorkshire, will lead a team tackling Africa’s highest three peaks.

15 December 2006

Your old phone can help mountain rescue

Mobile phones: so often used to call for help from the search and rescue services. Well now, you can use your mobile to help them.Edale Mountain Rescu...

13 December 2006

Maximum exposure for naked climbers

Move over Colin Prior, there’s a new must-have calendar for lovers of the best mountain views.Newcastle University Mountaineering Club (NUMC) members have been out on some of the most exposed routes in the country to produce a collection of stunning pictures featuring climbing with the absolute minimum of protection.Left: does my belay look big in this.

08 December 2006

Scots avalanche service to start this month

The Scottish Avalanche Information Service gets rolling this month.The first reports for the season are due to be posted on 15 December, covering Lochaber and north Cairngorm, with Glencoe, south Cairngorm and Creag Meagaidh a week later on 22 December.Cornice on Aonach Mor (above)The reports, using information from the five areas covered, are usually posted around late afternoon.

05 December 2006

Grizedale out-of-bounds as rally takes to tracks

Grizedale: mile after mile of peaceful forest tracks, only the sound of rutting badgers and courting woodpigeons to disturb a walker’s quiet cogitation.Not next month.

18 November 2006

Young men's deaths shock climbing community

Police have named the two winter climbers who died after being rescued on Cairn Gorm’s northern corries.Geography undergraduate Richard Hardy, 18, was from Alton, Hampshire.

22 November 2006

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