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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Win Chris Townsend's Scotland book

Walkhighlands has teamed up with Cicerone to offer the chance to win one of two copies of their latest guide in the World Mountain Ranges series, ‘Scotland’ by legendary walker Chris Townsend. This 560-page magnum opus is the comprehensive guide to all of Scotland’s regions for the mountain adventurer, from the Southern Uplands to the Cairngorms, Torridon and the jagged peaks of Skye. Illustrated with superb photographs, the book was seven years in the making and is set to become a bible for all Scotland’s hillgoers, as well as making an ideal Christmas gift. Whether you are planning a day

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Avalanche service starts limited forecasts due to early snow

In view of the current snow cover and weather forecast the Scottish Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) will be providing weekend Avalanche Hazard reports for the Lochaber and Northern Cairngorms areas until the full service starts on the 16th December 2010. View the current forecasts for Northern Cairngorms and Lochaber at the SAIS website. There is heavy snowfall in these areas, particularly the Northern Cairngorms, and the avalanche risk should be assessed before planning a route. An early avalanche in the Cairngorms was captured on film and posted on the Walkhighlands forum ealier in November, the footage can be viewed here.

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Feral beavers to be recaptured

Beavers currently loose in parts of Tayside are to be recaptured. The animals are being recaptured because it is illegal to allow their escape or release into the wild and because their welfare may be at risk. There was no consultation with local people; there was no licence issued for their release; there is no monitoring of their welfare; and there is no certainty that they are the appropriate species or type of beaver for Scotland. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) said, “There is a licensed and carefully managed trial reintroduction underway at Knapdale in Argyll. This trial is being carried

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TV documentary looking for people completing Munros

The Cuillin of Skye

Don Productions are making a documentary about Scottish mountaineering, and are looking to team up with some people about to complete the Munros. If you are going to complete the Munros over the winter 2010/2011 and would like to participate in a documentary please get in touch on the email address shown below. Filming will take place in December and January and will be broadcast on NHK (the public broadcaster in Japan) in February. The documentary will follow a number of people as they explore Scotland’s mountains over the winter and has a specific focus on preparation and safety. Japan

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Gold company appeals Tyndrum refusal

Scotgold Resources Ltd, the company behind the plans to re-open and extend the gold mine at Cononish near Tyndrum, have appealed against the decision to refuse planning permission made earlier this year by the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. The decision on the appeal will now be made by the Scottish Government. The Australian company behind the plans has recently been undertaking exploratory tests in nearby Glen Orchy, just outside the National Park boundary. The Company says it is hopeful that there might be a way to access this potential source of gold and silver at Beinn Udlaidh,

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Fawcett biog wins Boardman Tasker prize

A biography of climber Ron Fawcett has won this year’s prestigious mountain literature award, the Boardman Tasker Prize. Ron Fawcett – Rock Athlete, written by by Ron Fawcett with Ed Douglas was described by the judges as, “a frank and engaging portrait of an unassuming yet remarkable climber; an inspirational subject and a story shot through with honesty and integrity. The award was announced on Friday 19 November at the Kendal Mountain Festival from a shortlist of five including a novel from New Zealand, works of philosophy, autobiography and mountain history as well as recent drama. Chair of the judging

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Walkhighlands scoops double at tourism awards

Walkhighlands has won two awards in this year’s Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards. The award for Best use of Social Media was given for the popular interactive features on Walkhighlands which include hill-bagger’s maps, individual walker’s diaries, a Facebook application, and the lively forum. Walkhighlands also won the Most Enterprising Business in the Great Outdoors category, beating strong competition from a wide range of businesses across the Scottish Highlands. Walkhighlands co-founder Paul Webster was delighted by the double win and said, “We’ve come such a long way from setting up Walkhighlands in 2007 with a budget of just £30 to

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Search and Rescue privatisation planned

The coalition government is planning to go ahead with plans to privatise the search and rescue helicopter service which operates throughout the UK. This service is currently provided by the RAF and Royal Navy, plus civilian helicopters through the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The previous government had been in talks for the service to be run by private consortium Soteria from 2012, however these plans were dropped when the new government came into power. The plan was to replace the ageing Sea King helicopters with new, privately-owned ones, to be operated from 12 bases across the UK. The BBC is

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Walkers urged to register for 999 text service

A new emergency text service has been set up to allow people to text 999 when voice calls cannot be made but there is sufficient signal to send a text. Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Advisor at the MCofS, is urging walkers to register for the new service. She said, “You can now contact the 999 emergency services by SMS text from your mobile phone. This is going to be particularly useful for those needing 999 assistance in the hills when mobile reception is poor and there is not enough signal to make a call.” However you will only be able

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JMT renews objections to Shetland windfarm

The John Muir Trust (JMT), the UK’s leading wild land charity, has maintained its objection to the Viking wind development on Shetland’s mainland. The JMT’s view is that the size and scale of the Viking development, which consists of 127 turbines reaching to 145m high, 104 km of tracks, and associated buildings and quarries, makes it unsuitable for one of the wildest areas in the UK. John Hutchison, chairman of the John Muir Trust, said: “We have looked closely at the changes to the original application. If this had been submitted as a new application, rather than as a revision

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