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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Statement from SAIS on Avalanche Hazard for weekend

SAIS Avalanche Hazard Statement 26 February 2010 There will be a high avalanche hazard in all of the mountain areas of Scotland for the start of the weekend- in particular on slopes that are to the lee of the prevailing wind which is forecasted to remain strong North-East to Easterly. Therefore slopes that face South -South-West, West, North-West and Northerly mainly above 400 m will be affected with very unstable windslab . Slopes of moderate steepness are currently unstable ( over 15 degrees) Natural avalanches will occur and attention should be given to avalanche runout zones in corries and glens.

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Avalanche risk rises as snow falls across Highlands

The tragic accident on Buachaille Etive Mor yesterday is being followed by large snowfalls forecast across much of the Highlands. Some of this snow is falling onto a layer of surface hoar which can lead to a very high risk of avalanches. We would urge all walkers planning to take to the hills to take heed of the latest forecasts from the Scottish Avalanche Information service. The forecasts for today (Thursday) include a high risk on slope aspects ranging from north through west to south in all areas. You can access their forecasts via this link. Take care.

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Two die in Buachaille avalanche

Police have confirmed that the two climbers swept away by an avalanche on Buachaille Etive Mor have died. The two men, who have not been named, were swept up in the avalanche shortly before 5pm today while climbing on Curved Ridge on the mountain in Glencoe. The two climbers in Glencoe were with a third man, who escaped being carried down the ridge. A group of walkers behind saw what happened and called the emergency services. The leader of Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, John Grieve, told the BBC: “Two of the party set off a very small, slab avalanche that

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Birks of Aberfeldy Hydro Halted

The proposed hydro-electric scheme for the Urlar Burn at Aberfeldy has been rejected by councillors. Planning permission for the scheme, which is likely to affect waterflow over the falls at the Birks of Aberfeldy, a popular walking and tourist attraction, was passed in April 2009. But the town’s Common Good Fund, which owns the land, said it would not allow the development to go ahead unless certain conditions were met. The Fund wants to see the developers, Green Highland Renewables, reduce the length of the proposed lease and look into the affect on tourism. The development would affect the River

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Demand to Reopen Powerline Inquiry

Scotland Before Pylons and the Beauly-Denny Landscape Group have written to energy Minister Jim Mather asking him to reopen the Public Local Inquiry into the Beauly-Denny line. The groups want clear answers to outstanding issues raised by the decision to approve the new transmission line. The groups have asked Mr Mather to respond to questions regarding procedural errors in the handling of the decision, the need for a Strategic Environmental Assessment, and an inconsistent approach to undergrounding. Two legal points have been raised by the decision to approve the 137 mile Beauly-Denny line. The rules governing Inquiries state that if

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Galloway Bothies to close?

The future of two bothies in Galloway is uncertain due to a long series of episodes of vandalism and problems at the two open shelters. Forestry Commission Scotland is currently looking for the views of hill walkers and the general public over the future use of Back Hill o the Bush and Shiel of Castlemaddy bothies both located in Galloway Forest Park. For many years, the Commission has worked closely with the Mountain Bothies Association (MBA) to provide the Back Hill o the Bush and Shiel of Castlemaddy bothies to hill walkers and other outdoor enthusiasts. Unfortunately, both bothies have

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Aberdeenshire Off Road Clamp-down

Forestry Commission Scotland staff in Aberdeenshire have clamped down on illegal and potentially dangerous 4×4, quad and trail bike activity in Fetterresso Forest. Following repeated complaints from legitimate recreational visitors to the forest, Commission staff took action to intercept a group of ‘off-roaders’ last weekend (Saturday 13th February). The group of 10 people, all in their 20’s and early 30’s, had illegally entered the forest with 4 motorbikes, 2 quad bikes and an off-road land rover. With the help of local police, the group were ordered to leave the site – after details of all of the participants and their

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Hillwalker found dead in Van

The body of hillwalker, Mick Coffield, has been found in the back of his van in a lay-by in Perthshire, following a Munro trip. Mick’s Renault Traffic van was parked at the side of the A93 near Finegand Farm after he had completed a walk over the Lochnagar hills. The police confirmed that Mick Coffield was an experienced hillwalker and stated that it is not thought the cold weather contributed to his death which police are not treating as suspicious. As is usual in sudden death cases a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

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Red Squirrels Bouncing Back

Red squirrels are beginning to return to areas of Scotland where they have not been seen for several years. This news comes as leading partners in Scotland’s first nationally co-ordinated attempt to save the red squirrel gather near Perth to review progress of the Saving Scotland’s Red Squirrels (SSRS) project. Up to 45 of the project’s key participants with a passion for red squirrel conservation, including landowners and volunteers from across Scotland, heard news of the project’s first signs of success – the return of red squirrels to areas including Cults and Countesswells and Bieldside in Aberdeen City. Meeting in

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Climber dies on Creag Meagaidh

A climber has been killed by an avalanche on Creag Meagaidh. Mountain Rescue and an RAF rescue helicopter were called out mid afternoon today (15 Feb) and the climber was airlifted to the Belford Hospital in Fort William. However police later reported that the climber was dead on arrival. No further details have been released although it is understood that no one else was caught up in the avalanche. Creag Meagaidh is situated between Spean Bridge and Laggan. UPDATE: Police have now named the dead man as Stephen Young, aged 18, from Kent. He was part of a large hill

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