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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Free steam trip for Ben Nevis helpers

The Friends of Nevis are offering free trips on the Jacobite Steam train from Fort William to Mallaig to anyone willing to sell raffle tickets on board. The organisation, which has undertaken a number of projects to help keep the iconic mountain in good condition, is planning to have a month of activity to raise awareness of, and money for, the Friends of Nevis. During the week beginning 17 August, volunteers are needed to sell raffle tickets to visitors/passengers before boarding and during the trip to Mallaig. You need to be over 18 and available from 9:30 – 4.30 on

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Ramblers Scotland may break away

Cameron McNeish, vice-president of Ramblers Scotland has reported on his blog that Ramblers Scotland may split from the UK organisation. The working group of the Ramblers Scotland Executive Committee, which includes McNeish as well as Ramblers Scotland convenor Dennis Canavan and President Dick Balharry, has met and decided to advise the Scottish committee that the best way forward is to seek independence. The full Ramblers Scotland Executive will meet in August when the recommendation will be discussed. The possibility of a split was brought about by the Ramblers deciding to make massive cuts in the Scottish and Welsh operations. Cameron

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Shetland Wind Farm Warning from JMT

The John Muir Trust – the UK’s leading wild land conservation charity – today warned that around one fifth (19%) of mainland Shetland will be significantly affected by 150 giant wind turbines if plans by Viking Energy are approved the Scottish Government. The Trust is urging members of the public to object before the consultation period closes on Tuesday the 28th of July. The John Muir Trust formally lodged its objection to the proposal this week, arguing that the development will have a serious and hugely damaging detrimental impact on the landscape and visual quality of these unique and outstanding

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MCofS Annual Gathering announced

Scotland’s mountaineers will welcome Dave MacLeod to the Mountaineering Council of Scotland’s Annual Gathering, to be held at Glenmore Lodge on Saturday 5 September. Recognised as one of the world’s best climbers, Dave has successfully challenged some of the hardest rock, winter and bouldering routes in the world. David Gibson, MCofS Chief Officer said ” The Gathering offers something of interest for all mountaineers. It’s a great opportunity to get together and do what mountaineers do best – celebrate the mountains. We are delighted to welcome Dave, who features in a range of events and activities which will entertain and

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Michael Tunney completes 4000er challenge

Michael Tunney (known to Forum members as Bio-Man) has completed his epic fundraising challenge. A fall in the Scottish mountains in November 2006, while out walking with his son, left Michael with a broken neck, hip and several smashed ribs. Unconscious for five days he was lucky to survive and endured many painful months of rehabilitation to be able to walk again. This year Michael returned to the Scottish peaks to undertake the massive challenge of climbing the nine mountains over 4000 feet taking in another 14 Munros on the way. The effort was to raise money for the Oban

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Oldest Puffin, 34, found in Hebrides

Bird experts say that Europe’s oldest known puffin has been found on the Shiant Islands in the Hebrides. The puffin was first ringed 34 years ago and was found by the same ornithologist, Ian Buxton, who ringed it back in June 1975. Members of the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have been ringing birds on the Shiant Islands for many years to add to scientific data on the species. After years of poor breeding patterns, the BTO is reporting that the puffins on the Shiant Islands appear to be having a good breeding season, bringing in plenty of sand eels

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No Excuse for Getting Lost say MCofS

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has launched its autumn training series, providing novice and less-experienced hill walkers and climbers with a low-cost opportunity to gain potentially life-saving skills. Announcing the expanded events programme, Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Advisor, said: “Getting lost and poor navigation are the most frequent causes of mountain incidents and rescue team call-outs. Our aim is to provide entry-level navigation skills at a price anyone can afford.” David Gibson, MCofS Chief Officer added “For starters, we want all mountaineers to be competent in map and compass work. GPS has its uses and our new course is

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Whistling deer cause Rescue call-outs

Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team say that two recent call-outs may have been caused by deer rather than hillwalkers. On both occasions the alarm was raised after sounds were heard which sounded like emergency whistles. The Rescue Team made two searches both in Glen Nevis, one of which lasted 6 hours and also involved a helicopter search. On the second search Team members also heard the whistling sounds. After the fruitless searches, wildlife experts told the Team that sika deer can make a whistling sound during the mating season, although this would usually be heard between September and November. Sika deer,

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Knoydart wins Battle of the Rhoddie

The Knoydart Forest Trust today announced that it has successfully completed a ten year campaign to rid Knoydart peninsula of the invasive ponticum species of rhododendron. The final push was completed this July with the equivalent area of around five football pitches cleared of rhododendron bushes and trees. In the last ten years since the Knoydart Foundation bought the Knoydart estate they have systematically removed rhododendrons from over five thousand hectares of community and neighbouring land. This gruelling physical work – known as ‘Rhoddie bashing’ – involves chainsaw, burning, spraying and hand pulling the smallest seedling up to the largest

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Corbett Runner completes non-stop round

Manny Gorman has today completed his non-stop round of the Corbetts with an ascent of Ben Loyal in Sutherland. This means Manny, who ran, cycled and sailed between the 219 peaks, took only 70 days to complete his epic round. Manny had originally hoped to finish on 26 June, but a fall from his bike at the two-thirds point meant he had to take a few days to recover from injuries. Manny set off on 25 April on Harris and used the Corbett Map on Walkhighlands to track his progress. The whole exciting story, including lots of posts by members

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