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20 November 2007

Dales experts appeal for help to solve gruesome mystery

Experts want your help to try to solve a macabre mystery in the Yorkshire Dales.Archaeologists working in the south of the national park have found gruesome remains in the ruins of old limekilns – and they are baffled by the discoveries.Ingleborough Archaeology Group chairman David Johnson with some of the bones John Asher Horses’ bones were found at Feizor and Newby Cote, near Clapham.

19 November 2007

Neath gorge walker rescued after fall

Members of three Welsh mountain rescue teams were involved in the rescue of a man injured while gorge walking.The 22-year-old was airlifted by helicopter after injuring himself in a fall in the Neath Valley.

19 November 2007

Sign up for GPS jamming alerts

Picture the scene: you’re in a white-out with precipitous crags either side and you desperately need to know how far it is to the safe route off your peak.You’re not sure just where you are on the map, so out comes your trusty GPS receiver.

14 November 2007

Scrap European sat-nav system, says committee

A troubled European alternative to the American GPS satellite-navigation system should be scrapped if it can’t be funded by private capital, according to a leading parliamentarian.Gwyneth Dunwoody, chairman of the Transport Select Committee,  warned against spending billions of pounds on an unnecessary project.

12 November 2007

Take the snow test before you head for the mountains

The fleeting summer is now a distant memory and the temperature has started to plummet.The first snows have already fallen on the Scottish mountains and with them, the risk that someone will be caught in an avalanche.

11 November 2007

Lakeland pass to close next week

Cumbrian authorities are warning climbers and walkers that a major pass will be closed to traffic from next week.Kirkstone Pass, linking Windermere with Ullswater, is being resurfaced at a cost of £200,000.

29 October 2007

Alpine Club and BMC to come together in Sheffield?

Rumours are rife amid mountaineering circles that two of the sport’s leading bodies could come together in Sheffield.Winter mountaineering in the UK: neglected by the BMC?The British Mountaineering Council’s chief executive Dave Turnbull has admitted that his organisation and the Alpine Club have held discussions about a joint venture.

31 October 2007

Caving tasters on offer in Dales

Ever walked past those dark slits in the limestone and wondered just what it’s like underground?Cavers prepare to descend a pothole in the Yorkshire DalesWell, now you have the chance to find out.

05 November 2007

Griff fakery furore is over the top

The national newspapers are getting all hot under their collars at another piece of television fakery – this time involving Griff Rhys Jones’s Mountain.Griff Rhys Jones: peak performance questioned Dave Hewitt and Magnus Linklater yesterday wrote in The Times that Jones never got to the summit of Ben Nevis, as he claimed in an episode of Mountain, produced by RDF, the company at the centre of the Queen documentary storm.Jones admitted his mistake a day later in the Daily Mirror.

20 November 2007

Rescuers warn walkers away from Lakes blackspot

A Lakeland rescue team is warning walkers to beware after their third rescue in a year in a notorious blackspot.Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team (MRT) was on the fells for seven hours rescuing a man and a woman from Piers Gill on the flank of Scafell Pike.

18 November 2007

Cairn marks rescue team's tragic beginnings

Volunteers and farming families today joined in a service to commemorate a tragedy that led to the setting up of a mountain rescue service.A cairn has been built to mark the loss of two farmers whose deaths resulted in the establishment of the Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

17 November 2007

Peer's son loses Sussex footpath battle

Walkers in Sussex are celebrating after an inspector turned down demands to divert public paths at a stately home.The Hon Charles Pearson, owner of the Pitshill House, and half brother of Lord Cowdray, had wanted to move a public bridleway away from the dilapidated Georgian mansion.

14 November 2007

Kendal hosts mountain festivals this weekend

The Big Daddy of English mountain culture gets underway this weekend.The Kendal Mountain Festivals are now established as the premier venue for film and literature with a mountaineering bent and this year’s big names are Joe Simpson, who will be in the Cumbrian town for the big-screen premiere of The Beckoning Silence, and Geoff Powter, a Canadian psychologist whose book We Cannot Fail: The Fine Line Between Adventure and Madness, provides the literary theme for the festival.The film festival rolls into Kendal on Friday night, 9 November, with Asif Kapadia’s Far North, starring Sean Bean and Michelle Yeoh, shot in the Arctic and, apparently, the tale of how a soldier's unexpected arrival affects two women's simple existence.

07 November 2007

Court clears naked rambler

A naked rambler has been cleared of causing alarm following a cliff-top walk.Police in Dorset mounted a major operation to keep a close watch on 20 naturist walkers who took part in a charity event in June.

29 October 2007

Wainwright's words guide walkers to the Lion's summit

He may have departed for the great peak in the sky 16 years ago, but the ghost of Alfred Wainwright has returned to guide a new generation of fellwalkers.'Wainwright' takes to the Lakeland fells againSteve BarberThe flat Lancashire tones of the Grumpy Old Fellwalker have been recreated in a podcast guide to a diminutive peak described by Wainwright as possibly the ‘best known hill in the country’.

30 October 2007

Himalayan tales will help mountain rescuers

Lovers of Himalayan adventure can hear about the ups and downs of a seasoned mountaineer, while helping out mountain rescuers closer to home.Edale Mountain Rescue Team will benefit from sales of the tickets for a talk by Tom Richards, veteran climber and expedition leader.

01 November 2007

Scots access law review call as Snowie judgement nears

The omens for Scotland’s fledgling right-to-roam law look bleak as another legal judgement looks set to allow a millionaire to kick walkers off his land.Wild camping: the right is enshrined in Scotland's access lawA sheriff sitting in Sterling said he intended to ‘pick up a pen and draw a line on a map’ to mark out his ruling in a case brought by waste-disposal magnate Euan Snowie.

07 November 2007

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