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Monthly Archives: August 2011

Last chance to win Cairngorms book

Anyone wanting the chance to win copies of Chris Townsend’s photographic book about the Cairngorms needs to get their skates on. Walkhighlands has four copies of ‘a year in the life of the cairngorms’ to give away, but entries close on 31 August. The Cairngorms contain the greatest area of land over 4,000 feet above sea level, the largest Caledonian pine forests and the biggest national park in Britain. This spectacular land of mountains, lochs, rivers and woods is wild and beautiful. The mountains form a series of vast sub-arctic plateaux ringed by big granite cliffs, deep lake-filled corries and

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Arran Mountain Festival now booking

This year’s Arran Mountain Festival will run from Friday 16 September to the following Monday and has a packed programme of high level walking and scrambling. The Festival organisers say, “This is an opportunity to meet like-minded people, discover a fascinating island and have unforgettable days in the safe hands of experienced local guides. With names to inspire the imagination, such as Ceum Na Caillich (Witch’s Step) Caisteal Abhail (Castles) and the Sleeping Warrior, the mountains of Arran are some of Scotland’s most amazing landscapes. “The Isle of Arran is one of the most accessible of Scottish islands, with good

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Peter Cairns photographic evening

Acclaimed nature photographer, Peter Cairns, will be launching his new book, Caledonia, at a photographic evening to be held in Grantown on Spey. The Speyside town is near the photographer’s Cairngorm base in Glen Feshie. The evening, to be held in the Grant Arms Hotel on Thursday 1 September 7:30pm, will include a talk and slideshow, question and answers and a book signing, refreshments will be available. The free event has been organised by Grantown’s award-winning independent bookshop, the Bookmark. Caledonia – Scotland’s Heart of Pine, by Peter Cairns and Niall Benvie, portrays a vision for Scotland’s wild forest. It

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Line up announced for Dundee Mountain Film Festival

This year’s Dundee Mountain Film Festival boasts a glittering array of varied films covering caving, climbing, kayaking, mountaineering, running and cycling. In addition there will be talks by round the world cyclist, Mark Beaumont, hillwalking writer Ian Mitchell, and Peter Habeler, who climbed Everest without oxygen with Reinhold Messner in 1978. Art work and photographs will be on display during the Festival as well as stalls, a raffle, and the chance to vote for the People’s Choice Film. The 29th Festival will run over 25 and 26 November at Bonar Hall in Dundee. Further details of prices and tickets can

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Orienteering Championships set for the Highlands

The Highlands has won the bid to host the 2015 World Orienteering Championships. The contest will be based in Inverness with competition sites on the Moray Firth coast and in the Cairngorms. The Highlands beat competition from Sweden in the bid which was supported by the Highland Council which has said that the Championships could generate £2million for the local economy. The Scottish Six Days orienteering event will run at the same time as the World Championships using some of the same courses. Sports Minister Shona Robinson said the contests would build on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. She

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MCofS Annual Gathering to be held 3 September

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) is combining its Annual General Meeting with a series of forums for clubs on membership recruitment, young people on meets, and civil liability insurance. The organisation represents walkers and climbers in Scotland and the AGM will be held at Dunblane Hydro on 3 September. Individual members who are unable to attend are urged to fill in the proxy voting forms sent out with the Scottish Mountaineer. Chris Townsend, who has served as MCofS President for the last four years, is stepping down, and there will also be an election for the post of Treasurer.

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TV premiere for Everest film The Wildest Dream

The Wildest Dream starring Leo Houlding and Conrad Anker and telling the story of Mallory and Irvine’s 1924 Everest expedition will be premiered on UK television on Wednesday 17 August. George Mallory was obsessed with becoming the first person to conquer the untouched Mount Everest. He was last seen 800 feet below the summit in 1924, before the clouds rolled in and he disappeared into legend. His death stunned the world. 75 years later, climber Conrad Anker’s life became intertwined with Mallory’s after finding his frozen body with all his belongings intact. The only thing missing was a photograph of

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Tiny rare flower thriving at Threave

National Trust for Scotland ecologists this week confirmed that one of Scotland’s rarer flowers, the Mudwort, is thriving in the mud of the Threave Nature Reserve, near Castle Douglas. This very small annual plant, whose beautiful but tiny flowers only ever reach up to a tiny 3 milimetres in width, was found to be growing in large patches around the muddy pools usually used for feeding by Threave’s hundreds of ducks and waders. Mr Lindsay Mackinlay, Trust Ecologist, said: “It is not the easiest plant to monitor as you’re never sure if the next step into the mud will see

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Honest Ben Lomond hillwalkers praised

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is reporting a heart-warming tale of the honesty and generosity amongst hill-walkers on Ben Lomond. Ranger Alasdair Eckersall explains: “The hill, which is one of Scotland’s most popular with walkers, was the venue recently for a working holiday for young people aged from 16 to 18 years. “These dedicated youngsters were carrying out footpath repair work on the hillside during their ‘holiday’, and had a small tub for donations onsite while they worked. “The wet weather closed in and the team had to abandon work for the day – in the rush forgot to

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Stretcher Case beer brewed for Kintail MRT

This year's Great Wilderness Challenge, which attracts hundreds of participants and raises hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity is to be held in the Kintail area on Saturday 20th August. Kintail Mountain Rescue Team will be providing first aid and communications cover as well as a post event ceilidh. During the ceilidh the MRT will selling their very own beer produced by Andy Wills of the Plockton Brewery. The limited edition ale is called Stretcher Case and all the proceeds will be going to the MRT who will also be selling a limited number of Stretcher Case T-shirts. Proceeds

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