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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Body found in Skye Cuillin identified

The search resumed at first light this morning (Saturday 29 December) for a 60 year old hillwalker who has been missing on the Isle of Skye since Thursday when a member of the public reported seeing a man fall in the Cuillin. Since then the Police have been co-ordinating an extensive search operation with members of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team and Search and Rescue Dogs. The search had to be called off late on Friday afternoon due to worsening weather conditions. The missing man’s family is being kept informed of the details of the search. UPDATE: Northern Constabulary have

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Deadline looms for adventurers grant

Applications for next year's Bill Wallace Grant, for adventures in wild places, need to be made by 18th January. Bill Wallace was a stalwart of conservation charity, The John Muir Trust (JMT), and the grant is a lasting and personal memorial to the man who played an important role in the development of the JMT and also inspired others to set off for wild places both in Scotland and abroad. Grants of £300 to £2,000 are available to people aspiring to travel to wild places in the spirit of adventure, on a trip that includes some educational or scientific significance.

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Stromeferry road closed yet again by landslide

UPDATE DEC 28: The road has now reopened. The A890 Stromeferry bypass is closed following a landslide on Christmas day. After a fall of almost 20 tonnes of debris, the road – which was closed for several months at the start of 2012 following a previous landslide – is expected to remain closed for several days. Avoiding the closure involves a detour of over 100 miles. Highland Council said work had begun on clearing the bank above the road. Graham Phillips of Highland Council told the BBC “If you look further up the cliff there’s another 50 tonnes ready to

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Merry Christmas from Walkhighlands

We would like wish all visitors to Walkhighlands a very Merry Christmas, and a happy year of Scottish walking in 2013!

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Gaelic hillname pronunciation made easier

Pronouncing the names of the mountains in Scotland can be as difficult as climbing them to some visitors. Walkhighlands has launched a new series of easy-to-use pages that enable visitors to more easily find and listen to recordings of the pronunciation of Gaelic hillnames. The recordings – which feature a native Gaelic speaker – are the most comprehensive set available, covering all the Munros, Corbetts and Grahams. There are also hundreds of recordings of other placenames accessible via the ‘play’ button next to the title on walk descriptions, such as all of those on the Isle of Skye. The names

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Scotland End to End TV dates

Cameron McNeish will be showcasing his Scotland End to End walk in a couple of TV programmes over the festive period. The first hour-long programme will be shown on Thursday 27 December at 7pm with part two being shown at the same time the following day, Friday 28 December. They will be shown on BBC 2 Scotland, viewers south of the border can catch them on on Sky, Freesat and BBC iPlayer.

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Landowners encouraged to report beaver issues

The Tayside Beaver Study Group is encouraging landowners to contact them if they have any issues with beavers on their land, after a Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) study confirmed that approximately 146 beavers are presently living in the wild in rivers in Tayside. Surveys from May and July 2012, along with long-term observations, found that there are about 40 groups of beavers and seven dams in the Tay catchment. The beavers were found in the Tayside rivers and lochs stretching from Kinloch Rannoch, Kenmore and beyond Crieff in the west, to Forfar, Perth and Bridge of Earn in the East.

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Enivironmental bodies condemn hill-tracks decision

Scotland’s environmental groups and charities have expressed surprise and disappointment that the Scottish Government has decided not to remove permitted development rights for agricultural and forestry tracks. Scottish Environment LINK – whose members inculde RSPB Scotland, the John Muir Trust, the National Trust for Scotland, Ramblers Scotland and the Scottish Campaign for National Parks, issued their response, which echoes the condemnation by the Mountaineering Council for Scotland. The decision is despite the government’s earlier statement that it had received ‘compelling evidence’ of the damage that uncontrolled development of these tracks has caused, and therefore was convinced of the need to

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Mountaineers angry at bulldozed hill tracks decision

Mountaineers have condemned the Scottish Government as ‘feeble’ for its failure to stop new hill tracks being bulldozed through unspoilt landscapes. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland has been campaigning for all new tracks to require planning permission. This would prevent land owners from claiming that tracks are for agricultural use when they are really just for use by shooting parties or for other recreational purposes. However planning minister Derek Mackay has announced that he is allowing a free-for-all to continue and will do nothing to prevent the construction of ever-more huge, unsightly and damaging hill tracks through previously unspoiled mountain

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Drybags

It rains in Scotland, so unless you fancy lugging around soggy sandwiches – and perhaps more worryingly insulating clothing – it’s necessary to take precautions against moisture ingress. Most rucksacks are made from water-resistant materials, but they don’t have sealed seams and have zips and other openings that can allow water in. Short of carrying one of the drysacks-with-straps designs like the Alpkit Gourdon, you’ll need to consider some kind of supplementary protection. Pack liners are basically big waterproof bags that are placed inside an empty rucksack before filling as normal. They can be as simple as a binbag with

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