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Monthly Archives: April 2012

MunrOverground map will raise funds for mountain rescue and conservation

The Munros are often viewed through a prism of contour lines, spot heights and arcane symbols, but a new map of Scotland’s highest mountains provides a new perspective. The MunrOverground is a unique take on the Munros, as well as a host of Scotland’s other awe inspiring wild places such as the Linn of Dee, Sandwood Bay and Fingal’s Cave. Peter Burgess, a former geography teacher who lives in East Ham in London, created the map following the success of his first creation, Tubular Fells, a topological map of the Lakeland Fells which was inspired by Harry Beck’s iconic interpretation

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MCofS objects to Sutherland windfarm

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has objected to the proposed Dalnessie wind farm in Sutherland, because it says it would irreversibly damage an area of outstanding beauty in what is considered to be one of Scotland’s finest wild landscapes. The MCofS says that the proposed wind farm would have a massive footprint, with 27 turbines and 20 kilometres of 6 metres-wide new access tracks cutting through an area of previously unspoiled beauty. Each turbine would be up to 121 metres high to blade tip. MCofS Chief Officer, David Gibson, said: “The proposed wind farm would be visible from the

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New snow poses avalanche risk

Forescasters are warning that recent heavy snowfalls have raised the risk of avalanches in the Northern Cairngorms and also some slopes in Lochaber. Although the Sportscotland Avalanche Information Service (SAIS) has ended its daily forecasts for the season it continues to monitor snow conditions and is warning of ‘considerable’ risk of localised natural and human-triggered avalanches on higher slopes this weekend. See the full forecast to see which slopes are likely to be affected on the SAIS website.

Posted in Access issues, News

Hill Tracks Consultation, your views needed now

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on proposed legislation which would mean new bulldozed hill tracks would require planning permission. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) which has campaigned hard for this new law, is urging hillwalkers to make their voices heard and respond to the consultation. At the moment landowners currently enjoy Permitted Development Rights (PDR), which means that a planning application and consent is not required prior to bulldozing a track. The consultation is seeking views on a proposal to remove PDR for the formation of access tracks for forestry and agriculture purposes. The MCofS welcomes these proposals

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Posted in Nature, News

Warmer Baselayers

Baselayer tops have a tough job, particularly in winter – they need to keep you warm when stationary and prevent you from overheating when working hard. Moisture-management is key; sweat needs to be removed from the skin efficiently and cotton T-shirts have long been derided for UK outdoor use with good reason – when sweating the moisture tends to soak into the garment and stay there. That’s fine if you keep moving and generating heat, but when stationary a sodden T-shirt is less than ideal. The same also applies for moisture reaching the garment from the outside – getting caught

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Posted in Baselayers, Gear reviews

Capercaillie death was avoidable says estate

Rothiemurchus Estate and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) say that the death of a capercaillie by a dog last week could have been avoided. The capercaillie which became an unwitting star due to its unusual behaviour was found dead on the popular Highland estate of Rothiemurchus near Aviemore. The lone male within Rothiemurchus was less shy than other capercaillie and defended its territory instead of hiding or running away when people and/or dogs approached. Last week it was killed by a dog. The Estate and SNH say the incident highlights the importance of responsible access within sensitive areas in the Cairngorms

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Posted in Access issues, News

Isle of Arran Mountain Festival

Booking is well underway for next month' Mountain Festival based on the Isle of Arran. The four day event, running from 18 May, offers a huge variety of guided walks and scrambles throughout Arran's stunning hills and mountains. There is a wide choice of routes ranging from wildlife-watching walks along the island’s coastline to airy scrambles on towering granite ridges. Festival organisers say, “The Festival 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

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Simon Yates in Inverness

Simon Yates is bringing his The Wild Within tour to Inverness on 27 April. Tying in with the release of his third book in March, The Wild Within covers the last ten years of Simon's expeditions to unclimbed peaks in the Cordillera Darwin in Tierra del Fuego, the Wrangell St-Elias ranges on the Alaskan-Yukon border, and Eastern Greenland. Laced with dry humour, he relates his own experience of the rapid commercialisation of mountain wilderness, while grappling with his new-found commitments as a family man. At the same time he must endure his role in the film adaptation of Joe Simpson’s

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West Highland Way diversion

There will be a diversion in place for a section of the West Highland Way from the end of April. The Forestry Commission is undertaking work to remove wind blown trees in Garadhban Forest. This will affect a short section of the the West Highland Way from Drymen to Rowardennan and a signed diversion will be in place. This diversion is in addition to the restrictions for walkers with dogs just a short distance further along the West Highland Way near Conic Hill. Lambing will be take place between 15th April and 15th May 2012 inclusive and will mean that

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Posted in Access issues, News

GPS disruption for North West Highlands

Europe's largest military exercise will be taking place later this month and is likely to cause some disruption to GPS services which may affect hillwalkers. Exercise Joint Warrior will run from 17-26 April and will involve some jamming of GPS signals affecting the far North West Highlands and northern areas of the Outer Hebrides. There will also be a closure of the firing range near Cape Wrath which could affect backpackers attempting the Cape Wrath Trail. GPS jamming is likely to affect the area around Loch Ewe and Faraid Head from 17 to 26 April between the times of 09.00-10.00

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