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Monthly Archives: September 2009

SNH objects to Loch Rannoch super resort

The proposed super resort at Dall Estate in Rannoch, Perthshire could cause significant damage to an internationally important nature site, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has warned. In its response to Perth and Kinross Council, SNH says the development would have a negative impact on Scotland’s ancient Caledonian pine woodlands and will significantly detract from the quality and character of the nationally important landscape of Loch Rannoch. The proposed development includes a luxury hotel with health spa, clinic, leisure and retail facilities, two 18-hole golf courses, a clubhouse, over 100 houses, staff accommodation, and a restaurant within Loch Rannoch. It would

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Avalanche Training as winter chill sets in

Next January, the MCofS will be running a series of one-day “Avalanche Awareness” courses. Aimed at the general winter hill-walker, the courses are non-certificated and will be suitable for anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of snow and avalanches, learn which areas to avoid and improve their understanding of reports and forecasts. Each course will consist of an indoor introduction to avalanche theory followed by a practical session on the hill. The courses will be delivered by qualified and experienced instructors at a ratio of 1 tutor to 4 participants. Basic winter skills will NOT be covered. It is essential

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Missing walker found

The search for a hill walker reported missing after a day walk in the Monadhliath range, near Newtonmore, has successfully found the missing woman.  The alarm was raised shortly after 10pm on Saturday night and the Cairngorms Mountain Rescue Team, search and rescue dog handlers and an RAF helicopter had been searching the area until the walker was found shortly after midday on Sunday. The woman in her 30’s had been forced to camp out having got lost in poor weather conditions. The search team said that she was well-equipped and it is understood that she was well and did not require

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Bumper Winter Lecture programme from MCofS

Winter 2010 sees the introduction of a new expanded MCofS Winter Lecture Series. Following on from the success at the Clachaig Inn each winter, the free lectures will now run from three different locations. The Clachaig Inn, Glencoe (Tuesday evenings) The Mountain Cafe, Aviemore (Wednesday evenings) The Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team Base (Thursday evenings) The focus of the lectures is to entertain and educate on winter mountain safety. The MCofS has chosen an inspiring array of who are guaranteed to provide an entertaining night out. All the speakers have spent many years in the mountains and will draw upon their

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Man dies after Torridon fall

A man has died after falling on Beinn Eighe in Torridon. It is understood that the party of 4 spent the night on the mountain and that one man fell, sustaining head injuries, and two female companions became stuck on a ledge. A fourth man managed to raise the alarm and the Torridon Mountain Rescue Team and the Stornaway Coastguard helicopter were sent to the scene early this morning. Sadly it was found that the man had died of his injuries and the helicopter recovered his body along with the two women who are understood not to be badly injured.

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U-turn on St Kilda MoD range closure

The Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy has announced the scrapping of Ministry of Defence plans to close bases on St Kilda, South Uist and Benbecula in the Western Isles. The range’s command and control centre, which is run by the private company, QinetiQ on behalf of the MoD, was to close and rocket tests run remotely from South Wales. This was to have resulted in the loss of 125 jobs. Mr Murphy, speaking to BBC Scotland, said, “The firing range and control station will remain, these 125 jobs will stay, because ultimately while the MoD may have made some savings, the

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Carnachuin Bridge, Glen Feshie, swept away

Walkers heading up Glen Feshie in the Cairngorms need to be aware that the Carnachuin Bridge was swept away by the River Feshie in spate on 3 September this year. The landmark but rickety wooden bridge has been in a state of disrepair for some years now. The Glenfeshie Estate had been planning to repair the rare bridge this year and have purchased the materials, however the Cairngorms National Park Authority have yet to respond to the planning application. If planning permission is ultimately granted, the Estate hopes to replace the bridge in May or June 2010. The Pony bridge

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Munro – Mountain Man documentary to show on BBC4

The BBC are to show their new documentary ‘Munro – Mountain Man’ next Sunday 20th September at 9pm on BBC4. It tells the story of Sir Hugh Munro, the magnificent mountains that bear his name and the people who have been possessed by them. Little over 100 years ago, the Scottish mountains standing at more than 3,000 feet were virtually unknown. Today they are familiar terrain to many thousands of climbers, thanks to Hugh Munro’s determination to list the high peaks which now define the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. The birth of the Munro-bagging obsession is a twisting tale

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Sgurr nan Ceannaichean loses Munro status

In a very heavily trailed announcement, the Glen Carron hill Sgurr nan Ceannaichean has lost its Munro Status. The hill was resurveyed by John Barnard and Graham Jackson for the Munro Society, and was found to be only 913m. In the next edition of Munro’s Tables, the Scottish Mountaineering Club will confirm that the hill will once again become a Corbett. The mountain formerly graced the Ordnance Survey maps at 915m, just beating the metric munro equivalent of 914.4m. But, following scrutiny by amateur hill sleuths John Barnard and Graham Jackson, it will be demoted to the ranks of the

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Wreck removed from St Kilda

When The Spinningdale ran aground on St Kilda during winter storms in February 2008, there were fears that rats would transfer to the island and damage the unique ecosystem. Now the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) has successfully dismantled and removed the wreck from the dual world heritage site and there is no evidence so far, that rats did get ashore. The Spinningdale became stranded on jagged rocks during vicious gales in early 2008. Following discussions between the NTS and the Maritime Coastguard Agency and the Scottish Environment Group (EG) it was concluded that the safest and most environmentally friendly

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