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28 May 2007

Retired teacher claims Everest record

A Japanese man has claimed the title of the oldest Everest conqueror.71-year-old Katsusuke Yanagisawa spent half-an-hour on the summit and said he could have sung a song.

30 May 2007

Latest batch of Fellsman Hike pics now online

We've added the latest batch of pictures of participants in the recent Fellsman Hike.Check our portfolio of photographs from the 2007 event.There are still lots of photographs to upload.

24 May 2007

Bear over Everest bags new record

News reaches grough towers of another Everest conquest.The implausibly named TV presenter Bear Grylls flew a powered paraglider above the peak of the highest point on earth to claim the record for – er – flying a powered paraglider above the highest point on earth.Bear, 32, from Ramsbury in Wiltshire, travelled 140m above the summit after taking off from a village in Khumbhu, The adventurer, a former special forces member whose real name is Edward Michael Grylls, is the son of a Tory politician and was the youngest Briton to climb Ama Dablam and then Everest – and return alive, so he has at least gone up the mountain the hard way.

18 May 2007

Naked ramblers plan Dorset walk

Ramblers will be tackling an exposed route next month along the Dorset coast.More than 20 walkers will be shedding their clothes to make the 20-mile journey between Swanage and Lulworth – weather permitting.Leader of the nude walkers is 62-year-old Chris Lamb, who accompanied celebrated naked rambler Stephen Gough during part of his mammoth Land’s End to John O’Groats trek last year.

23 May 2007

Sheriff visits Snowie estate at centre of access row

A sheriff has taken a walk through a Stirlingshire estate to see at first hand land at the centre of a right-to-roam controversy.Sheriff Andrew Cubie took a hike along with members of the Ramblers’ Association and estate owner Euan Snowie, who wants to exclude the public from 40 acres of his Boquhan land.

22 May 2007

Open verdict on mystery Pen-y-ghent death

A North Yorkshire coroner recorded an open verdict on a woman whose body was found on the slopes of Pen-y-ghent and whose identity is still a mystery more than 2½ years after her death.Geoff Fell, sitting at Skipton, officially released the body of the woman, who was found by a group of walkers descending the fellside.

17 May 2007

Pictures from the Fellsman Hike now online

We've added a picture album of the Fellsman Hike to the site.Check our portfolio of photographs from the 2007 event.We'll be uploading further pictures throughout the week, so keep coming back and see if you make an appearance. You can get prints of all our Fellsman pictures by visiting our photosales site.

16 May 2007

Fellsman Hike: the agony, the ecstasy, the flapjack

Saturday’s dawn broke grey over the Yorkshire Dales. Morecambe Bay sparkled distantly in a pool of sunlight, but the fells of Three Peaks were c...

14 May 2007

Avon climbers risk disturbing peregrines

Climbers have been reported in a restricted area of the Avon Gorge – and were filmed by the BBC in action!The team was on a route of the main wall near a nesting site of peregrine falcons, in contravention of a voluntary ban.

07 June 2007

Everest docs set bloody altitude record

It’s been a week for strange Everest records. On Monday came the news that Climber Rod Baber had become the first man to make a mobile phone cal...

25 May 2007

Access-battle family 'could be kidnapped'

A millionaire businessman who wants to keep the public off his Scottish estate is at risk of kidnap because local police are underperforming, according to a former police chief.Joe Holden, who was head of operations of Central Police, told Stirling Sheriff Court that Euan Snowie and his family could be snatched because criminals would know the Dunblane police area had lower-than-average detection rates.

24 May 2007

Accidental death verdict on Cairn Gorm climber

An experienced mountaineer died after making a last-minute decision to go ahead with a climb on Cairn Gorm.A coroner’s court heard that Lt Col Michael Rough fell 200m from the top of the Aladdin’s Mirror route in Coire an t-Sneachda.

24 May 2007

Answering machine takes high-level call

Typical! You climb 8,848m up a mountain to get a decent signal and all you get is the answering machine.Climber Rod Baber became the first man to make...

23 May 2007

Gaping Gill winch operates this weekend

It may have lost its title as the king of the caves, but Gaping Gill is still a remarkable spectacle.The massive main chamber of the limestone cavern is normally the preserve of potholers, but this weekend, mortals who never otherwise have the chance to venture underground can take a trip into the subterranean wonderworld.Left: Gaping Gill's main chamber Bradford Pothole Club has its annual winch meet from next Saturday, when you can fork out £9 to descend the 105m to the floor of the cavern, on the slopes of Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales.

21 May 2007

Henry back in Speyside love nest

A quick update for grough readers addicted to the soap opera which continues in Speyside.Two-timing EJ has welcomed back her old flame Henry and the couple are now nurturing two issues, the fruit of their union, after Henry barbarously kicked VS’s clutch out of the family roost.Yes, the ospreys of Loch Garten continue their saga of love, betrayal, violence and loose morals, with the happier news that rock-steady fish-catcher Henry is installed back in the nest after dashing his love rival’s eggs on the ground.

16 May 2007

Fellsman Hike: Hartell makes it ten

Ultra-long-distance expert Mark Hartell put his stamp on the Fellsman Hike this weekend with an emphatic tenth win to equal the record number of firsts.He topped the list of 154 hardy hikers who completed the gruelling 62-mile course over some of the toughest terrain in the Yorkshire Dales, in weather ranging from torrential rain to bright sunshine.Read our account of this annual bog-trotting, fell-conquering festival of endurance, with pictures from the event.Winner Mark Hartell approaches the final checkpoint at Yarnbury See our collection of Fellsman Hike photographs at our photosales website .

14 May 2007

PM's home centre of criminal-trespass row

A campaign group has succeeded in forcing the Home Office into a U-turn on a law which would have banned the public from right-to-roam land near the Prime Minister’s country home.The land, at Beacon Hill, half a mile from Chequers in Buckinghamshire, had been included in controversial regulations which would have meant walkers risked being arrested for venturing on to access land.The Open Spaces Society (OSS) spotted that a parliamentary order made it a criminal offence to walk on Beacon Hill, which overlooks the Elizabethan mansion which has been the official residence of premiers since 1921.

11 May 2007

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