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26 October 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

Glenmore offers an ice try

With winter just round the corner, climbers have the chance to learn all about ice techniques at two events next month.Glenmore Lodge, Scotland’s national outdoor training centre, is offering the chance to brush up on equipment and techniques for climbing steep waterfall ice.

07 October 2006

Paddlers need better access, says canoe union

England and Wales’ 1½ million paddlers are getting a raw deal, according to the British Canoe Union (BCU).The governing body for canoeing and kayaking in Britain has cast doubts on the results of an access survey conducted by the University of Brighton which said that voluntary agreements for securing access for river users was successful.The report, commissioned by the Government quango the Environment Agency, looked at four voluntary agreements on river access and came out in favour of taking the voluntary route.

11 October 2006

The end is nigh... Oh no, it isn't

The heart swells with pride, the muscles regain their power, the spring returns to your step. You’re almost finished: 95 miles under the belt an...

17 October 2006

Sir Ranulph to tackle mountain marathon

Explorer Sir Ranulph Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, 3rd Baronet, OBE, (Ran to his mates) will be among those tackling the Original Mountain Marathon this weekend.The event, formerly known as the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon, has 66 teams in the elite class.

24 October 2006

Cheddar Gorge out of bounds to climbers next month

There will be no weekday climbing in the Cheddar Gorge when a road closure is enforced next month.Rock safety work means the B3135 running through the Gorge will be shut from 2 November until 30 November.

26 October 2006

Got a wild story to tell? Get your name in print

The John Muir Trust (JMT), the campaigning body for wild places, is running a writers’ competition.Entries, up to 1,200 words long, will form part of the Fort William Mountain Festival 2007.

27 October 2006

Scots canoe tragedy victim named

Police have named a paddler who died on the River Roy on Friday.Steven Pullinger, a 49-year-old from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, was trapped when his canoe capsized and became wedged in rocks.

30 October 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

Wainwright centenary event for Rovers

Celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Grumpy Old Fellwalker Alfred Wainwright will kick off not at the side of the tarn on Haystacks but, surprisingly, at the home of Blackburn Rovers.And in case you’re wondering, that’s not the name of a rambling group in the Lancashire town, but the overpaid prancers who kick a ball around each week.

06 October 2006

Stagecoach boss calls in Sheriff to settle row

A bus tycoon is upping the ante in her battle with the Ramblers’ Association in Scotland (RAS).Stagecoach millionaires Ann Gloag is demanding a court convene in the garden of her Perthshire pad to see the threat to her privacy posed by a Ramblers’ challenge.Mrs Gloag erected a seven-foot high security fence around the category-A listed Kinfauns Castle without planning permission.

10 October 2006

Work out how good your walk is for the earth

Obviously, as a browser of grough, you’re someone who prides themselves in their walking prowess and the fact you can get up a hill at a good pace.

17 October 2006

Ennerdale bridge is Jack's bequest

Walkers in Ennerdale now have a new bridge to cross, thanks to a bequest from an enthusiast.Bury man Jack Farraday left £5,000 in his will to the Friends of the Lake District, to which he belonged.

18 October 2006

Snowdon call-out takes rescue team to new high

Llanberis mountain rescue team has had a record-breaking year.Latest call-out for the team yesterday to a family crag-fast on Crib Goch took the rescuers’ tally over its 2005 total of 85, itself a record.A 20-man squad rescued a walker who broke her ankle on Monday.

25 October 2006

Warning for mountain marathon competitors

Organisers of this weekend’s Original Mountain Marathon in Galloway have issued the following warning to competitors: get there early.Bad weather means all parking will now be on forest roads.

26 October 2006

Blistered snout sparks foot-and-mouth fears

Lovers of the outdoors are breathing a sigh of relief after foot-and-mouth-disease tests on an Essex pig proved negative.The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had closed an abattoir near Brentwood, run by Cheale Meats.

28 October 2006

47,000 web items no threat to Stagecoach boss

The hearing into a Scottish millionairess’s bid to exclude her land from the country’s right-to-roam laws resumed yesterday.Ann Gloag, the Stagecoach bus company magnate, wants to exclude the public, including walkers, runners and bikers from part of the Kinfauns Castle estate in Perthshire.Yesterday, Perth Sheriff Court heard from security analyst Andrew Ashwood who said he found 47,000 articles (should be 47,001 after this – Ed) on the Internet relating to Mrs Gloag, but none contained threats against her.

31 October 2006


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