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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fersit bridge closure affects hillwalkers

Hillwalkers wanting to access hills from the village of Fersit near Roy Bridge are warned that Inverlair Bridge will be closed until midnight on 6 March. Although a temporary pedestrian bridge and shuttle bus will be provided, there will not be sufficient parking on the Roy Bridge side of the closed bridge for visitors. Fersit is the starting point for the hills of Stob Coire Sgriodain, Chno Dearg and Stob Coire Easain and Stob a’Choire Mheadhoin.

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Mountain Leader Training Course launched

Are you involved with taking the lead as part of your walking or mountaineering club days out? The MCofS are offering members the opportunity to apply for a place on a Summer Mountain Leader Training Course (SMLTB) which will run over two long weekends in September. The MCofS in partnership with Richard Bentley from Mountain Motion are offering club members the opportunity to participate in a SMLTB course based from the Loch Lomond Outdoor Centre at a special discounted rate. The six day, 2 modular course will be held on the following dates: Friday 9th September – Sunday 11th September

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Trump tripped up over homes purchase

Campaigners look to have scored a great victory as Donald Trump has declared that he will not use compulsory purchase powers to clear residents of Menie from their homes. The Press and Journal has reported that after almost two years of uncertainty, Trump has said he will not use attempt to use compulsory powers to purchase four homes as part of his plans for his golf resort on the Aberdeenshire coastline. Trump had been given planning to include the sites in his resort although the owners had not agreed to sell the properties. Trump told the Press and Journal: “We

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Jimmy Savile goes off piste for Fort William

A new promotional film featuring Sir Jimmy Savile undertaking a range of hair raising extreme sports is proving to be an internet sensation. Closer inspection of the film, produced for Outdoor Capital, to promote the Fort William and Lochaber area, shows that top sportsmen have taken the role of Sir Jimmy for the more taxing activities. Each activity is introduced by Sir Jimmy, who owns a property in Glen Coe and is a regular visitor to the area, wearing a fetching tartan ensemble and puffing on his trademark cigar. The short film features stuntrider Danny MacAskill and well known mountaineer

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Kilted skiers wanted for record breaking attempt

Cairngorm Mountain is calling on skiers and snow boarders to pull on their kilts for another record breaking, fund raising attempt in 2011. Last year 235 skiers and boarders took part in the record breaking attempt and this year the aim is to get over 400 kilts sliding down CairnGorm Mountain in aid of Maggie’s Highland and The Local Schools Skiing Programme. The attempt will take place on Saturday 5th March at 11am and all money raised will be split between Maggie’s Highland and the Badenoch & Strathspey Schools Skiing Programme. The organisers hope to get 400 kilted skiers and

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International Year of Forests grants up for grabs

Forestry Commission Scotland is calling all community groups, events organisers, countryside rangers, furniture makers, artists and timber architects to apply for a new range of grants. If you are looking to run an event this year and it relates to forestry, forest products or the outdoors, you could be eligible to apply for a small grant under Forestry Commission Scotland’s International Year of Forests (IYF) grant scheme. The United Nations has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests, to help raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests The Commission is leading on

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Extra weapons in fight against wildlife crime

The fight against wildlife crime has been strengthened by a dedicated grant scheme which has seen a range of projects supported. Funding under the Partnership for Action against Wildlife Crime (PAW) Scotland have been used for new and innovative schemes based on prevention, intelligence, and enforcement to tackle wildlife crime throughout Scotland Three of the successful projects are set to be discussed at the Scottish police wildlife crime conference at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, Perthshire, today (Wed 23 February). Examples under the £169,924 committed so far include: ● The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland received £20,000 towards a wildlife

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Lochaber woman to tackle 3 UK Mountain Rounds

Glencoe-based Keri Page is planning to undertake a solo walk of the UK’s 3 big mountain rounds in one go. The charity challenge which will raise funds for the John Muir Trust and WaterAid, will take in the Bob Graham Round (England), the Paddy Buckley Round (Wales) and the Ramsay Round (Scotland). Overall this amounts to 187 miles, 113 mountain summits and 83,000ft of ascent or roughtly 3 times the height of Everest. Keri, who up until 5 years ago had never climbed a mountain but is now a keen climber, fell runner and hill walker, says: “Each round in

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Scotland's wild land disappearing fast

New figures released by Scottish Natural Heritage have added urgency to the John Muir Trust’s call for better protection of Scotland’s wild land. The ‘area without visual influence of built development’, one of Scottish Natural Heritage’s key indicators of the state of the Scottish environment, fell from 31 per cent in January 2008 to 28 per cent in December 2009. This drop represents an area around 14 times the size of Glasgow. Previous SNH figures showed the area without visual influence of built development had declined from 41 per cent to 31 per cent between 2002 and 2008. Helen McDade,

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Darker Scottish mornings if clocks move

The UK Government is considering moving UK clocks forward an extra hour resulting in darker mornings for much of Scotland. However the plan would bring the clocks in line with most of Europe, making the evenings lighter for longer and potentially boosting tourism. The BBC reports that the proposals will be published by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport next week (beginning Mon 21 February). Tourism experts say the number of overseas visitors would increase if summer evenings were lighter with an estimated boost to the tourism economy, including Scotland, of millions of pounds. Although safety campaigners have previously

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