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28 August 2006

Ramblers aim to get Britain on its feet

The Ramblers Association’s fifth annual attempt to get Britons off their backsides and on to their feet is approaching.Welcome to Walking Week is the national festival to coax people into taking up walking.

28 August 2006

Pakistan drops its fees for high mountains

Fancy a bargain? Check this out: a mountain sale.The Pakistan government has celebrated the designation of 2007 as Visit Pakistan Year by dropping its...

06 September 2006

Irish farmers demand cash for access

Farmers in the Republic of Ireland are demanding €5 per metre for allowing walkers on routes crossing their land.In a move grough can only hope doesn’t catch on this side of the Irish Sea, the farmers’ representative body, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) says its members should receive government money as compensation for having waymarked paths across their land.The IFA was also the only member of Comhairle na Tuaithe, the country council set up by the Irish Government, not to agree to a report which outlined a strategy for access and recreation in the Irish countryside.

15 September 2006

Marshals needed for fell championships

Calder Valley Fell Runners are asking for help marshalling a national event next month.The British Fell Relay Championships are being hosted by the Yorkshire club at Castle Carr.

18 September 2006

Council keeps control of fire-ravaged moor

Bradford Council has rejected calls to hand over Ilkley Moor to a trust, following extensive fires this summer.The fires, in the last week of July, devastated more than 500 acres of upland heath and led to the Moorland Association’s call to close every access area in England.

20 September 2006

Dangerous development on Ireland's highest peak

A small but important note for anyone heading to tackle Ireland’s highest peak.The Kerry Mountain Rescue Team is warning walkers that a path has developed on the summit of Carrauntoohil which leads to dangerous ground.The team says walkers navigating from the summit, particularly in poor visibility, need to exercise care to find the correct, safe routes off.

23 September 2006

Tuesday meetings for Peak quarry objectors

Two groups united against a quarry extension in the Peak District hold meetings tomorrow.The Save Longstone Edge group is opposing plans to extend the quarry near Bakewell, which it says will create a scar on the landscape of the limestone fell.

26 September 2006

Views sought on Speyside Way route

The Cairngorms National Park Authority wants your views on extending the Speyside Way beyond Aviemore.The authority is putting forward two alternatives for a section leading south-west from the town.

03 October 2006

Hill runners need new officers

Scottish Hill Runners need nominations for the posts of convenor, secretary and treasurer in advance of their 2007 annual meeting on 11 November at Symington Sports Centre, following the Tinto Race.

27 August 2006

Mountain council needs a whizz kid

If you’re hot with a PC and know your databases from your dongles, there’s a job you may be interested in.The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) is advertising a vacancy for an IT and database co-ordinator at it Manchester HQ.The post pays between £24,474 and £29,891, depending on your experience.

29 August 2006

Mountain marathon dates announced

Organisers of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon have announced that the race will take place next year on 9 and 10 June.Cryptically, Martin Stone, in charge of organising the event, says he expects it to take place further south than this year’s event.

13 September 2006

Park planners want better access for Ennerdale

Planners in the Lake District have rejected the idea of promoting one of its remotest areas as a wilderness.Members of the Lake District National Park Authority say they do not want to see a ‘Wild Ennerdale’ brand created, but do want to improve access to the area.The authority’s recreation and tourism advisor Helen Houghton said: “Ennerdale forms part of the wider cultural landscape of the Lake District, which may be put forward for World Heritage Site Inscription.

18 September 2006

Underwater swimmers come to aid of mountain team

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) is £8,500 better off after its annual Kern Knotts fundraising weekend.The sum was boosted by the first ever full length swim of Wast Water, underwater.

20 September 2006

Harness recall notice and battery advice issued

Two manufacturers have issued warnings about their equipment.The first, and perhaps most urgent, is from climbing gear makers Black Diamond who have put out a ‘stop using until inspected’ instruction on some of their climbing harnesses.The models affected are the ‘Speed’ range – Focus Speed, Gym Speed, Momentum Speed and Vario Speed harnesses along with the Wiz Kid.

20 September 2006

Cozmo says The North Face is Cool

You may have noticed that grough tends to fight shy of the usual brand recommendations and exhaustive gear reviews.We have neither the time nor the money to fritter on comparing fifteen makes of water purification systems or enlightening you on which expensive waterproof makes you sweat the most (they all make me sweat – Ed).The CoolBrands Council's website (right)So it is with trepidation that grough dips its boot-clad toe in the murky waters of outdoors brands.

25 September 2006

DJ to deliver AW lecture

Radio 2 DJ and upcoming grumpy Stuart Maconie will deliver this year’s Wainwright Memorial Lecture.The Lancastrian, better known for his cameos in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights and numerous appearances as a Rent-an-Opinion on Channel Four’s The 100 Best series, Maconie will no doubt be recounting his more fell-oriented pursuits.Falling far short, in grough’s opinion, of being a Grumpy Old Man at only 46, Maconie is a fan of the fells, and has reputedly more than 200 Wainwrights under his Vibram.

29 September 2006

Charity trekkers at risk on Kilimanjaro

A shock report claims that not one of 20 charity treks up Kilimanjaro it studied followed expert advice to protect participants.Mountain medicine experts say this is putting lives at risk from altitude-related illnesses.The report, presented at the Symposium of Climbing and Altitude Medicine held at Plas-y-Brenin at the weekend, heard that the recommendation for anyone heading for the summit of Kilimanjaro should spend at least seven days above 2,500 m to acclimatise.

03 October 2006


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