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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Chris Townsend talk on Munros and Tops

On Thursday 1 March, Chris Townsend will give a talk about his 1700 mile continuous walk over all the Scottish Munros and their tops. The Dundee talk is part of the Tiso lecture series and will take place at the D’arcy Thompson Theatre at Dundee University at 7:30pm. Tickets are £6 (£4 concessions) (available from Dundee Tiso or bookable on the Tiso website) and the proceeds will go to Dundee University Rucksack Club. Chris is a passionate enthusiast for the wilderness and has spent much of his life exploring wild places. Long distance hikes are his passion and he has

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Volunteers wanted for Ben Nevis clean up weekend

The Friends of Nevis are planning a volunteer clean up at Glen Nevis to coincide with their annual dinner and celebration. The weekend will kick off with a day of work at the curling ponds on Friday 23 March. The organisers are expecting this to involve a lot of culvert clearing, weeding, tidying, litter picking, and ditch maintenance with lots of jobs for lots of volunteers. The day starts at 10:30 and tools, gloves etc will be provided. On Saturday 24 March the Friends will hold their annual dinner hosted by Charles Kennedy. Organisers say that a great night is

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Posted in Nature, News

Police name climber killed on Ben Nevis

Police have named the climber who died in an accident on Ben Nevis on 19th February as Paul Guest. Mr Guest was aged 32 and from Kidderminster. The accident happened when the two climbers were nearing the top of Zero Gully. Other climbers nearby went to help after the accident. An RAF rescue helicopter attended and Lochaber Mountain Rescue team also took part in the rescue on the ground. Mr Guest died at the scene and the surviving casualty, David Warden, aged 46, from Perth, was later transferred from Fort William to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with serious injuries.

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Gamekeepers use Capercaillie decline to call for Pine Marten cull

The Scottish Gamekeepers Association (SGA) has urged Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to allow the licensed killing of pine marten or face losing the iconic Capercaillie Scotland for a second time. The call comes after the fourth national survey into the estimated size of the Scottish population of the woodland grouse has shown a decline of 35 per cent from the previous study. The new survey estimates the number of individuals to be 1285, a marked drop from 1980 birds recorded using similar techniques in 2003/2004. Efforts to increase Capercaillie numbers had set an initial target being to increase the population

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Last chance for Winter Safety Evenings

Despite the ongoing mild weather, this winter has seen significant avalanches in the Cairngorms and a number of high profile accidents and rescues in the Scottish Highlands. With Spring just around the corner the Mountaineering Council of Scotland is urging walkers to grab the chance to attend one of the last Winter Safety Lectures. The Mountain Cafe in Aviemore will host its last food and talk combination tonight (Weds 22 Feb) by Mark Chadwick (MIC). Mark has had a run of good conditions on his last few Alpine trips (the highlight being an ascent of the Eiger North Face) as

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Climber dies in Ben Nevis accident

A climber has died following a fall on Ben Nevis on Sunday morning (19 February). Police received a report of two people having fallen a considerable height near the summit of Ben Nevis shortly after 11 am and rescue services were called. It is understood that the two climbers were nearing the top of Zero Gully when the accident occurred. Other climbers nearby went to help after the accident. An RAF rescue helicopter attended and Lochaber Mountain Rescue team also took part in the rescue on the ground. However Police later announced that one of the climbers had died. The

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Synthetic Insulated Jackets for Winter

Whilst Scotland seems to be basking in balmy Spring weather I’m still holding out for a final icy blast for an oft-postponed igloo-building trip. Although there’s plenty of snow forecast for later this weekend, at the moment here’s a distinct lack of the white stuff around, but that shouldn’t lead to complacency when it comes to winter clothing, particularly insulating layers. Thanks to Scotland’s temperate, maritime climate I’m never totally sure that my puffy down jacket will remain free from moisture and that disconcerting descent to a feathery porridge consistency. Especially in winter, I want an insulating layer that I

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Posted in Gear reviews, Jackets

SSE submits plans for massive hydro scheme in Great Glen

Looking up the Kilfinnan Burn towards the site

SSE Renewables, SSE’s renewable energy development division, has submitted an application for consent to build a huge new pumped storage hydro electric scheme to the north-west of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen. The scheme would help meet peak demand and would extract, store (up to 30GWh) and release energy to and from the electricity transmission system to help balance supply and demand for power at a national scale. The scheme would be the largest hydro project to be built in Scotland and the first brand new pumped storage scheme to be developed in Great Britain since work began on

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JMT objects to Sallachy windfarm

The John Muir Trust, the UK's leading wild land conservation charity, has objected to a 22-turbine wind development on the Sallachy and Duchally Estates near Lairg in Sutherland due to the impact it would have on some of Scotland’s finest wild land. The site of the 125 metre high turbines is within an area identified by Scottish National Heritage as a Search Area for Wild Land. The Trust estimates the turbines will be visible from up to ten per cent of the Assynt and Coigach National Scenic Area (NSA), including from Conival and Ben More Assynt, the two Munros in

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Inchcailloch Island closed until 11 March

As a result of damage caused by recent storms the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park is undertaking work on Inchcailloch and public access will be restricted from today (15 February) to 11 March. The Park Authority says that staff have identified 114 trees on Inchcailloch that present a hazard to people walking on the paths and that tree surgeons will start work to remove the dangerous limbs and branches. Inchcailloch is a fantastic place to visit in the spring when the bluebells are out and also for a lazy summer’s day, full details, including route map, description and

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