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Yearly Archives: 2009

Mountain Rescuers in New Years Honours

Members of Mountain Rescue Teams feature in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Gerry Akroyd of Skye Mountain Rescue Team, Rodney Stoddart of Tayside and David Freeborn of Patterdale all receive the MBE for services to mountain rescue.

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Avalanches hit Scottish hills

Three climbers have been killed and two rescued following three separate avalanches in the Highlands. Two were swept away by an avalanche on Ben Nevis shortly before 11am. Another climber was rescued following an avalanche on Liathach which was reported just before midday but later died in hospital. The third avalanche, from which two were rescued, was on Beinn an Dothaidh near Bridge of Orchy. According to the BBC, the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service have been monitoring surface hoar, a rare phenomenon for Scotland which is increasing the avalanche risk. It is a slippery layer of snow crystals under ths

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Skye Trail on BBC2 Scotland tonight

Tonight at 6.45pm on BBC2 Scotland there’s an Adventure Show special on the Skye Trail. One version of this unofficial route, the idea for which was originally devised by David Paterson, will be walked by Cameron McNeish, starting from Rubha Hunish in northern Skye, heading along the Trotternish Ridge and through the Cuillin before finishing at Broadford. Cameron reckons this might just be the best challenging multi-day walk in Britain. Walkhighlands has set up a website giving details of the Skye Trail and is working with the local Skye and Lochalsh Marketing Group to try to improve the route and

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Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas to all from Walkhighlands – hope its a good one! We also wanted to say a big thank you to all the users of Walkhighlands and those who have contributed to the site, added trip reports and photos, or emailed us with information, suggestions and encouragement. We are always interested to hear how you use Walkhighlands and what we can do to improve the site, so keep your ideas rolling in. The last year has been great with over 960 walks now on the site and coverage expanded to include Aberdeenshire, Angus, Fife, Moray, the Isle of Eigg,

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RAF rescuers to spend Xmas in mountain hut

26 members of an RAF rescue team will spend the festive season on stand-by in a mountain hut near Newtonmore. The team from RAF Leuchars will be well placed in the heart of the Cairngorms to respond to any emergencies. Although the main role of the team, based near St Andrews in Fife, is to search for, and rescue, survivors of crashed aircraft, the team is also called out to assist with the rescue of mountaineers and climbers on a regular basis. The combination of the holiday break and the recent snowy weather, is expected to attract a lot of

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RSPB to buy forestry plantations in Sutherland

RSPB Scotland has used new powers to apply to buy large areas of Forestry Commission plantation at Dyke and Forsinain in north Sutherland. The national bird charity is able to apply under the new National Forest Land Scheme which gives communities, and certain non-governmental organisations, the opportunity to bid to buy or lease national forest land on the basis that it provides increased public benefits. RSPB Scotland aims to restore these areas of forest to open peatland, restoring the associated habitats and biodiversity, whilst also protecting the carbon stored in deep peats. It already owns a large area of land

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Scottish Marilyns now on Walkhighlands

Know your Marilyns from your Munros? Walkhighlands has now added all the Scottish Marilyns under 2000 feet so you can write trip reports and record them on your logger or bagger’s map. The Marilyns are the relative hills, those with 150 metres of descent all the way round and were devised by Alan Dawson. No one has yet claimed to have climbed them all. As well as plenty of popular hills such as Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh, the list also includes some difficult summits in St Kilda, such as Boreray, Stac Lee and Stac an Armin. Click here to go

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Wolf Plan takes step forward

Paul Lister has taken the next step in his plans to brings wolves to his Scottish estate. The Northern Times reports that Alladale Estate manager Hugh Fullerton-Smith has announced his intention to apply to the local authority for a zoo licence. The controversial project on the Alladale Estate have already seen European elk and wild boar being kept in enclosures on the estate near near Ardgay. If granted, the proposed zoo licence would allow the estate to add wildcat and wolves to those animals. Whilst these creatures have not lived wild in Scotland for thousands of years, the Alladale plans

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Avalanche Warning Service Starts Today

The SportScotland Avalanche Information Service starts publishing its detailed reports for the Scottish Mountains today (Thurs 17 Dec). The five mountain areas covered are North Cairngorms, South Cairngorms, Lochaber, Creag Meagaidh and Glencoe. Each report covers snow, avalanche, and climbing conditions. The reports are available from the website or via mobile phone and are in a slightly different format from previous years. The SAIS is also asking any walkers or climbers who see an avalanche to report it to them. This can be done on line from the SAIS website As well as the forecasts, the website also contains a

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Red squirrel strongholds get go ahead

The Forestry Commission in Scotland will set up and manage 18 stronghold sites that will help safeguard the country’s surviving red squirrel population. Welcoming the announcement, Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham said, “Red squirrels are an important and high-profile part of Scotland’s biodiversity so it is crucial that we do what we can to safeguard their long-term survival. It is not enough to simply control grey squirrels. We also need to ensure that we protect and manage those habitats that allow red squirrels to thrive but which are unappealing for greys.” “The backing and support of landowners means that we can

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