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Monthly Archives: April 2010

Spyke’s 40 day Munro attempt going well

It’s day 5 of Stephen Pyke’s (aka Spyke) epic attempt to climb all the Munros in under 40 days all under his own steam. Starting off on Sunday 25 April, Spyke has already tackled Ben More on Mull, the quick ascent and descent being followed by a cycle ride and then kayak to the mainland and more cycling before bagging the Glenfinnan Munros. Day 2 comprised Glenfinnan to Fersit, taking in the 10 Munros north of Glen Nevis, many still snow covered. Days 3 and 4 saw him complete the 14 peaks around Loch Ossian and Ben Alder with an

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Corrour Station House to reopen as SYHA

Remote Corrour Station House, on the West Highland Line, is to re-open this Friday as a Scottish Youth Hostel Association hostel. Previously the building which is right next to the railway station at Corrour, operating as an independent hostel and cafe. Now the hostel will be run in conjunction with nearby Loch Ossian hostel which was given an eco-makeover in 2003 but has limited capacity. The Station House is much bigger and will be able to cater for groups as well as providing a cafe. The station house was built in 2000 by Corrour Estate. The SYHA has refurbished the

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Last chance for say on Loch Lomond wild camping

The consultation on the proposed ban on wild camping along a section of the east shore of Loch Lomond has entered its final week. The Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority says that it has already received over 250 responses to its proposals and is keen for interested people to use the final days until 3 May to have their say. the proposal will see a new byelaw introduced that will ban wild camping along the east side of the Loch between Drymen and Rowardennan. The proposal is being mooted in response to a growing problem of litter

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Family sought for lonely Juniper

The sole surviving juniper plant at the National Trust for Scotland’s Ben Lomond is set to get a family, thanks to the efforts of the conservation charity. Once more widespread in the area, there is now only one juniper (Juniperus communis) bush remaining on this popular mountain, and only a handful of plants are still present in the wider Loch Lomondside area. Now, conservation experts are searching for local plants to establish a ‘family’ of juniper and help ensure that the plant survives for future generations. Ranger Alasdair Eckersall explains: “In the past, juniper was probably relatively widespread here, but

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Elie Chain Walk Closed

The dramatic coastal Chain Walk at Elie in Fife has been closed due to extensive vandalism. Fife Council, which maintains the route, says that about two thirds of the chains have been stolen. The chains are a necessary part of the scramble which provides a low-tide exciting route around Kincraig Head near Elie. In many places the route relies on chains to allow walkers to stay on the small rock-cut steps and avoid a dangerous slip onto rocks or into the sea below. The Council says that without the missing chains, the route is dangerous and it has placed warning

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Four new books from Walkhighlands’ founders

No less than four new books of moderate walks written by Walkhighlands’ Paul and Helen Webster have just been released. Published by Pocket Mountains, each covers 40 short to moderate length walks in a local area. The four new books cover Wester Ross and Lochalsh, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, Caithness and Sutherland, and Moray (including North Aberdeenshire). Books covering the Cairngorms, Perthshire and the Isle of Skye have been out for some time and have all proved very popular. You can order any the books from Amazon using this link

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BBC plans live climbing spectacular

BBC Scotland is planning to broadcast, live and in HD, the ascent of one of the hardest rock-faces in the world. Sron Ulladail – on Harris in the Outer Hebrides – is renowed for its massive overhang. Top Scots climber Dave Macleod will be joined by Tim Emmett to make the attempt which will be shown live for 6 hours on 28 August, on both BBC2 Scotland and BBC HD. Dougie Vipond will present. The plans follow in the wake of a previous planned live ascent, The Big Climb, which was abandoned in 2007 due to incessant rain in the

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Osprey egg laid as centre gets power

Staff at Loch Garten RSPB reserve were celebrating the first egg laid by the returning female osprey as work is completed on providing a secure power supply to the centre. The osprey, called EJ, has laid an egg after returning to the reserve near Aviemore for an eighth season. The bird’s partner, named Odin, has been bringing a regular supply of fish to the nest. Visitors to this osprey stronghold will benefit from an unrivalled experience after £63,000 funding by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The backing will provide the Abernethy National Nature Reserve (NNR) with a new mains power supply.

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40 day Munro record attempt for JMT

Later this month hill runner Stephen Pyke will set off on an attempt to complete a continuous round of the Munros in under 40 days, raising awareness for the John Muir Trust as he goes. There have been a number of continuous rounds of the Munros since Hamish Brown first achieved the feat entirely on foot in the summer of 1974. The fastest round was set by Charlie Campbell in 2000 who climbed all 284 Munros in just 49 days – averaging a marathon a day whilst climbing more than 10,000ft! Stephen’s aim is to complete a round of the

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Rum land transfer complete

Islanders on the small isle of Rum have taken over ownership of 160 acres and houses in the main settlement, Kinloch. As the culmination of a 10 year negotiation and transfer plan, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has moved assets it owned on the isle, worth an estimated £257,000, to a community trust owned and run by the islanders. Residents had voted in favour of community ownership last January and Environment Minister Roseanna Cunningham has welcomed the deal, calling it a new dawn for the island. The islanders plan to implement a long term strategy for developing the community and the

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