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Re: Stay Home --> Stay Local

The current law allowing exercise/recreation starting & ending at a point within 5 miles of your LA area still applies. Nothing is set in stone, but the plan from 26 April would be: travel within all of mainland Scotland permitted (subject to other restrictions that remain in place) https://www....
by gman
Tue Mar 30, 2021 9:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Stay Home --> Stay Local
Replies: 40
Views: 3172

Re: Youth On The Hills

A recent podcast featuring Willie Gorman might also be of interest, inspired by the first ascent of Everest they ventured out with a washing line...

https://scotrock.podbean.com/e/episode-15-willie-gorman-we-acquired-a-load-of-washing-line-and-went-climbing/
by gman
Sun Mar 14, 2021 2:19 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Youth On The Hills
Replies: 10
Views: 1131

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

On the Local Area + 5 miles thing, it is permissible to travel (in a vehicle) up to 5 miles outside your local authority area to reach the start point for outdoor exercise or recreation that begins and ends in the same place They added the word 'recreation' in January (ie after putting all of the S...
by gman
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:58 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

Actually, the post above has the reasonable excuse for entering a Level 4 area, which is exercise and not recreation. For leaving a Level 4 area, it's: (t)undertake exercise or recreation— (i)outdoors, (ii)that starts and ends at the same place, which place must be— (aa)in the local government area ...
by gman
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:40 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

I recommend people read the law itself, it's a short paragraph and it makes clear what is and isn't restricted. This is a reasonable excuse for leaving a Level 4 area: (t)exercise outdoors, provided that the exercise— (i)is not organised, and (ii)starts and ends at the same place, which place must b...
by gman
Fri Feb 26, 2021 10:09 am
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

Alex W wrote:But the point is that it is against the law.


Exercise and recreation are reasonable excuses, can you find a definition of recreation that would exclude camping?
by gman
Thu Feb 25, 2021 5:33 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

Infection rate for last year: low during the summer months when beaches, beauty spots and popular hills were busy then sharply increasing in the colder months as people spent more time indoors and spiking at Christmas when multiple households were allowed to meet up. There appears to be an inverse r...
by gman
Thu Feb 25, 2021 2:04 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

There is, as yet, no case law. However, wild camping isn't really in the spirit of the regulations. The recreation bit was presumably intended to allow parents to take their children to the park, and to allow people to sit on a bench and drink their coffee. The purpose of the law is to reduce the i...
by gman
Wed Feb 24, 2021 10:30 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

I'm not one to p* in anyone's chips, but I don't think that would stand up in Court. The allowable activity is exercise. Originally it was exercise alone, the current law (amended on 23 January) is: Examples of reasonable excuse (t)undertake exercise or recreation — (i)outdoors, (ii)that starts and...
by gman
Wed Feb 24, 2021 8:56 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

bjornsether wrote:So it may be that starting 5 April, it is technically legal to undertake solo multi-day wild-camping walks IF one starts within 5 miles of the LA and returns to the same place.


It's legal to do that now.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2020/344/schedule/5/2021-02-19
by gman
Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:17 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines

The law is that we cannot move outside the LA area. Level 3 is still framed to disallow travel outside the LA area. That is the current law. Examples of reasonable excuse (t)undertake exercise or recreation— (i)outdoors, (ii)that starts and ends at the same place, which place must be— (aa)in the lo...
by gman
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:36 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Long distance walks under new lockdown guidelines
Replies: 65
Views: 4111

Re: Mountain Rescue

I was climbing with a guy from Lakes MR a few years ago and asked about mobile phones, he thought they were a good thing - people could tell relatives etc they were going to be late so there were fewer false alarms, some people who were lost could be given directions over the phone so there was no n...
by gman
Tue Feb 16, 2021 6:21 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mountain Rescue
Replies: 63
Views: 4996

Re: Mountain Rescue

When exactly was this golden era of self-reliant mountaineering experts on the hills? I know a few guys who hitchhiked to Arrochar and Glencoe in the 50s and 60s, they'll gladly tell you how clueless they were when they started out. Must have been before then?
by gman
Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:45 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Mountain Rescue
Replies: 63
Views: 4996

Re: Glencoe hillwalkers fined for travel violation.

There's a natural reaction to look for someone to blame for the outbreak, but we know from experience how colds and flu spread and covid seems to follow a similar pattern. However, contact within households is thought to be responsible for roughly 70% of SARS-CoV-2 transmission when widespread commu...
by gman
Tue Feb 02, 2021 5:07 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Glencoe hillwalkers fined for travel violation.
Replies: 173
Views: 10099

Re: Glencoe hillwalkers fined for travel violation.

Relative risks: The odds that a primary case transmitted COVID-19 in a closed environment was 18.7 times greater compared to an open-air environment (95% confidence interval [CI]: 6.0, 57.9). https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.02.28.20029272v2?ijkey=4f0a236095f0315a2cf896cd00e3f675cb1e0a5a...
by gman
Thu Jan 14, 2021 2:07 pm
 
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Glencoe hillwalkers fined for travel violation.
Replies: 173
Views: 10099
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