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Monthly Archives: September 2008

Missing Perthshire walker found safe and well

The elderly female walker, missing over night on Schiehallion has been found safe and well after walking into a medical centre in Kinloch Rannoch this morning. It is understood that the 73 year old from Ayrshire had been on the mountain with her son to scatter the ashes of her late husband when they became separated. Despite an extensive rescue search she was not located on the hill before the search had to be called off at 3am. The weather in the area last night was windy with drizzly rain on the tops. Speaking to the BBC, Sgt Colin MacDougall,

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Search resumes for missing walker

Tayside Police have resumed searching for a woman missing on Schiehallion in Perthshire since Sunday. The woman, who is in her 70s, had been walking with her son when they became separated, and she was reported missing. It is understood that she was not equipped to spend a night out. Rescue teams from RAF Leuchars and Lossiemouth are involved in the search.

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Getting the most from a GPS

Walkhighlands often receives requests asking us about or offering opinions on the use of GPS devices as a navigation aid, so we’ve put together a series of brief articles covering the most basic points. The article Using a GPS outlines our basic tips on some of the ways in which you can use a GPS to help with your navigation when out in the hills. Many walkers simply carry a device so that they can always find their current position, and working from the OS grid reference given they can use their map and compass skills to work out which

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Man’s body found in Cairngorms tent

Police have found a man’s body which may have been lying in a tent in the Cairngorms for a number of weeks. A local gamekeeper had spotted the tent at the south end of Loch Einich below Sgor Gaoith about a month ago. On Tuesday 9 September, Aviemore police received a further report saying the tent was still in the same location. Members of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team, together with Police officers searched the tent and found the body. A police statement said: “The remains will be taken to Inverness for post mortem and enquiries will be ongoing to

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Alladale Estate plans face criticism

Hugh Fullerton-Smith – the general manager of the controversial Alladale Estate – gave a talk and took questions from Mountaineering Council of Scotland members on Saturday night following their AGM at Glenmore Lodge. Hugh began by outlining his own experience, which includes work with deer in New Zealand (producing velvet), project management for both the Cheyenne River Sioux in South Dakota and for the Metis Settlements on the Canadian prairies and assisting nomadic organisations with the setting up of mobile abattoirs in Mongolia. He also gave some background on Paul Lister, the owner of Alladale and the mastermind behind the

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Scottish Mountain Rescue numbers rise

The Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland has released figures showing that the number of rescues is rising but the number of fatalities on the hills has fallen since 2006. In 2007 there were 20 deaths on Scotland’s mountains and 491 rescues. Just over half of all Scottish rescues were initiated by mobile phone calls. The figures were published as more than 300 members of the UK’s Mountain Rescue Service gathered in Stirling to mark the organisation’s 75th anniversary. The Scottish Government said £300,000 would be spent on Scotland’s 28 teams. The figures show that 139 people were injured while hill

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