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Monthly Archives: June 2008

Win Pocket Mountains guidebooks

Walkhighlands is offering the chance to win a set of 6 guidebooks from Pocket Mountains. The competition is open to anyone in the UK who signs up for Walkhighlands’ monthly newsletter before 30 September 2008. Anyone already signed up will be automatically entered. For further details and how to enter click here.

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Ramblers V Donald Trump in possible access row

Does Donald Trump want more privacy in Scotland than that required by Her Majesty the Queen and Mohamed Al Fayed? Ramblers Scotland Director, Dave Morris, is suggesting that Donald Trump is seeking more privacy at his proposed golfing/housing/leisure resort near Aberdeen than the Queen needs on her Balmoral Estate in nearby Deeside and Mohamed Al Fayed requires on his Balnagowan Estate near Inverness. Giving evidence on behalf of Ramblers’ Association Scotland in the public inquiry into Trump’s proposed development of his Menie Estate, Dave Morris is expected to say: “It is astonishing that Donald Trump came to the opening day

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Virtual Highlands and Munro logger launch

We’re proud to announce not one but two new features on Walk Highlands. Virtual Highlands is a 3D model allowing website visitors to explore Scotland’s mountainous landscape online. It allows users to visualise and explore our 500 walks and see how the routes fit into the landscape. You can switch to a first person view at any time, so you can see the views as from the ground and identify what you’ll be able from the top of your target hill or mountain ridge. You can even walk around in the virtual world and check out all the views along

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Skye Cuillin rescue in bad weather

A Dutch hillwalker fell and injured himself in the Skye Cuillin on Sunday afternoon. The weather conditions were bad and his companion had to make a two-and-a-half hour descent to raise the alarm for his companion. Eighteen members of Skye Mountain Rescue Team and a coastguard helicopter rescued the 68 year old, four hours after his initial fall. It is understood that the walker required hospital treatment for facial and arm injuries.

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676 complete Highland Cross on longest day

Saturday 21 June, saw over 670 runners and walkers complete the gruelling 50 mile duathlon to run (or walk) 20 miles and then cycle 30 miles across Scotland. The Highland Cross route starts at Morvich in Kintail and heads through Glen Affric and Strathglass to Beauly. This year’s winner was Henry Blake in 3 hours 37 minutes, 35 seconds. The fastest woman home was Sandra Brett in 4 hours 24 minutes, 43. This means Keith Murray’s amazing record of 3.13.31, set in 1993, remains unbeaten. If you have a Highland Cross experience to tell us about, why not post a

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Attempt to break Munros record

An attempt is being made to break the record for the most Munros climbed in 24 hours. Currently held by Jon Broxap who set the record by running over 29 Munros in Kintail and Glen Affric, Steve Pyke (or Spyke) will make his attempt to climb at least 30 on Saturday. Steve set the record for the 4,000 foot peaks last July, when he ran them in 20 hours 23 minutes – a distance of 85 miles with 17,000 feet of ascent. The attempt to break the Munros record is shorter at 75 miles, but will involve a massive 37,000

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‘Alarming’ decline in nesting Fulmars at Sandwood Bay

This year’s count of nesting fulmars on John Muir Trust’s Sandwood Bay estate, near Cape Wrath, have raised fears that 2008 could be another dire year for Scotland’s seabirds. Only 261 nesting pairs were counted on the cliffs that once supported over 700 pairs, representing a decline of around 60% in ten years. The Trust has been counting breeding Fulmars, a key indicator species for the health of North Sea, on the same three mile stretch of cliffs between Sandwood Bay and Sheigra since 1997. “Our surveys in both 2008 and 2007 have recorded the lowest Fulmar counts since records

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Scottish Mountains used to monitor climate change

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has started a project to monitor climate change using measurements taken in some of the highest corries. The Snowbed Project will use sites in the Cairngorms and on Aonach Mor, Ben Dearg, Ben Alder and Ben Wyvis to investigate the effects of less snow and warmer conditions on plants such as moss and liverwort, and impacts further up the food chain on birds such as snow bunting. Climate change models predict a decrease in the amount of snow on the mountains into the summer. SNH say that snow patches that remain on the high mountain corries

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Caledonian Challenge: 54 miles in 9 hrs 44m

Last weekend’s Caledonian Challenge, where walkers set out to complete 54 miles of the West Highland Way in under 24 hours, has been a success. The fastest time was by Robert Valentine who completed the course in 9 hours and 44 minutes. Approximately 1300 people took part, walking in teams and raising huge amounts for Scottish community projects. 1010 walkers completed the full route with most of the others reaching the bronze or silver medal points at Inveranan and Auchtertyre.The fastest team home was from the Black Watch Regiment. The weekend was one of activity across Scotland, with over 11,000

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Midges, mistakes and mist at 2008 LAMM

This year’s Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon is over for another year. The four gruelling courses set around Glenfinnan near Fort William proved testing for all the two-member teams taking part in the annual overnight race. Hot sunshine on both days provided exhausting conditions with a wet and misty start on Sunday morning bringing the midges out in force. A couple of the top teams made mistakes or had equipment failures that meant the final results didn’t fully reflect their efforts – but such is the challenge of the LAMM. The day was a triumph for some teams, as they extended

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