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Monthly Archives: October 2009

GPS for Chicks

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has teamed up with mountain guiding company Chicks Unleashed to provide a series of women-only GPS training courses. The day-long courses will be held at Glenmore Lodge near Aviemore on 15 and 16 May 2010 and cost £25. The course will begin with a short (approx 1 hour) introduction session indoors for participants to familiarise themselves with the GPS units. This will be followed by practical sessions in the woods around Glenmore and later out on the hill. The courses will be tutored by Heather Morning, MCofS Safety Officer, and Rosie Goolden from Chicks

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Spotlight to be turned on St Kilda Mouse

The habits of some of St Kilda’s smallest inhabitants will soon be uncovered, as the University of Edinburgh begins a three-year study of the archipelago’s native field mouse. The St Kilda Field Mouse is unique to the islands, which are owned and cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Although field mice are common through the UK, the ones on St Kilda are unusual for several reasons, the most notable being that they are nearly twice the weight of their relatives on the mainland and have different hair colouration on their belly. They also live in unusual conditions, in

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Get ready for the winter – and be safe!

With the clocks having gone back this past weekend we will soon have winter upon us. Hillwalkers and climbers will be looking out their ice axe, crampons and headtorches, but it takes much more than just these to be ready for winter. To help hill walkers and climbers prepare for winter the MCofS (Mountaineering Council of Scotland) is providing a free Winter Safety programme. The programme includes free Winter Safety Lectures and a range of webpages with comprehensive guidance on mountain safety in winter. In addition to this specific winter programme, the MCofS also funds the Mountain Weather Information Service,

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MBA concerned at commercial use of bothies

The Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) has issued a reminder to commercial organisations that they must not use bothies that are maintained by the Association without first securing the consent of the owner. The MBA maintain a number of buildings in remote areas for use as shelters open to all. These buildings do not belong to the MBA, they remain in private ownership. From time to time, there is evidence, either in the form of actual use or in advertising, that some of these bothies are being used by commercial organisations as overnight accommodation for their clients. Such use is not

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Beauly – Denny line ‘to get go-ahead soon’

Despite 18,000 objections, the controversial proposed power line between Beauly and Denny – running through some of the most beautiful parts of the Highlands, is expected to get the go ahead from the Scottish Government in the next few weeks, according to the BBC and other sources. The new line, which will involve the building of 600 pylons of up to 200 feet in height, is to stretch from Beauly near Inverness to Denny near Falkirk. The former MSP Dennis Canavan, president of the troubled Ramblers Association Scotland, said on the BBC Politics show, “If it does get the go-ahead

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Find-a-walk feature launched

Walkhighlands today launched its new intelligent search feature, Find-a-walk. Want to search for walks which visit lighthouses? Looking for easier (Grade 3) walks up Munros and want to know which of these are rated as the best? Interested in coastal walks with a link to the Highland Clearances? Perhaps you want to find forest routes between 5 and 7 kilometres long with a maximum of 300 metres of ascent and no bad bogs? How about island walks which visit sandy beaches? Find-a-walk lets you search our database of over 900 routes in all these ways and many more. You can

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Dundee Festival Promises a Packed Weekend

The programme has now been released for this year’s Dundee Mountain Film Festival. The event, to be held on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 November, showcases an international programme of speakers and award winning films and exhibitions. The Festival, in its 27th year, will welcome Catherine Destivelle, the French climbing legend, on her third appearance at the Festival, with her new presentation ‘From Bouldering to Mountain Climbing’, on Friday evening at the University of Dundee‘s Bonar Hall. Scotland’s own Polar Explorer, Craig Mathieson, will presents his lecture entitled ‘Some like it Cold’ on Saturday evening, when there will also be

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Skye Photo Wins Landscape Prize

A stunning view over the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye has taken the top prize in this year’s search to find the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’. Parisian-born, Emmanuel Coupe becomes the third person to win this prestigious Award and the £10,000 prize. His picture was chosen, by the judges, from the thousands of entries that showcased the richly diverse landscape of the UK. From salt marshes, chalk cliffs and ancient woodland, to historic villages, parklands and cityscapes, the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ Award aims to highlight the interaction between people and places that is

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Wild Places – Wild Journeys Writing Award

Following on from the success of the last three writing competitions at the Fort William Mountain Festival, the John Muir Trust is running another competition for aspiring writers. With the broad theme of ‘experiences in wild places’, entries could incorporate a journey, a place, an expedition, a mountain or river, a walk, climb, sail or kayak. The John Muir Trust aims to celebrate the landscape and wild places by encouraging new and upcoming writers to write about their experiences and share their stories. Entries can be submitted in English or Gaelic with one entry only per person. The deadline for

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Seal Pup Warning to Walkers

The Scottish SPCA is appealing to walkers not to approach or touch any seal pups they find on beaches at this time of year. The warning follows the rescue of a newborn grey seal pup found starving on a Fife beach after its mother had been frightened off. The Scottish SPCA said people cause more harm than good by picking up or approaching seal pups, as it often causes their mothers to abandon them. Female grey seals will leave their pups on land while they feed out at sea as the baby seal cannot swim until it loses its white

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