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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Gear Review: Rucksacks for wild camping

Rucksacks are load carriers, so must be selected based on the weight and volume of said load. Lightweight loads can be accommodated in a simple frameless rucksack – perhaps with a stiffened backpad and simple hipbelt – but once weight reaches about 10kg some kind of frame will be appreciated. This frame should transfer the weight of the load from the weak muscles in the shoulders to the waist to take advantage of those large leg muscles which are also closer to an adult’s centre of gravity. External frames have been largely superseded by internal frames, usually of flat aluminium bar but occasionally a

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Posted in Gear reviews, Rucksacks

Police probe after Ben Nevis fatality

Police are investigating after a climber died during an operation to rescue him on Ben Nevis. Mark Phillips aged 51 from Spean Bridge, had fallen approximately 50m while climbing in the Raeburn’s Buttress area on the north face of the mountain on Monday (24 Feb). It is understood that he sustained serious injuries during the fall but was still attached to the rope and his climbing partner who was able to call the rescue services. A helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth and the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team attended the scene and at some point during the operation to try and airlift

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Nine year old becomes youngest Munroist

Daniel Smith has become the youngest person to climb all the Munros. The nine year old from Glasgow climbed his way into the record books with his final Munros yesterday (Saturday 23 February) Stuchd an Lochan and Meall Buidhe. Recent years have seen a flurry of young walkers tackling mountain challenges. Last year Ben Fleetwood from Cumbria became the youngest person to scale all the Munros, aged ten. He was quickly joined by ten year old Scottish twins Cliona and Nuala McCheyne from Dunoon. Nine year old Daniel started walking with his father Mark in the Campsies and climbed his

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Mountaineering bodies issue safety reminder

With Scotland’s hills and mountains currently at their most beautiful and most challenging, mountaineering bodies today (21 February) have issued the following joint safety reminder, emphasising the need for preparation before heading out into the mountains. “Whether you’re out walking or attempting a technical climb, the presence of snow and ice adds an extra dimension to the risks and rewards of a day spent in our wildest environments. The primary consideration of every expedition, whatever the season, should always be a safe return. But conditions in winter make particular demands: shorter days, low temperatures and conditions underfoot which can quickly

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Highlands conservation opportunities announced

Conservation charity Trees for Life has announced details of its Conservation Weeks for 2013, offering people the opportunity to make a positive difference to the environment whilst experiencing an unforgettable visit to the Scottish Highlands. Alan Watson Featherstone, Trees for Life’s Executive Director, said: “The Year of Natural Scotland is the perfect time to enjoy Nature and wild Scotland, and to take action to restore the Caledonian Forest and its unique wildlife. Our 2013 Conservation Weeks offer an inspiring hands on conservation experience in breathtaking Highlands scenery of mountains, forest and rivers.” Trees for Life is restoring the Caledonian Forest

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Posted in Nature

Bookings now being taken for Moray Walking Festival

Bookings are now being taken for events at this year’s Moray Walking Festival. The varied 5-day event will take place between Thursday 20 June to Monday 24 June. The programme includes a dawn walk up Ben Rinnes to catch the sunrise, a navigation skills walk, an evening whisky nosing session, coastal, riverside and moorland rambles, an evening mountain safety talk, as well as historical, nature and whisky themed-walks. Festival organisers say, “Moray has much to offer walkers that visit this less well known area of Scotland. Picture yourself strolling along clifftops over long sandy beaches watching out for the famous

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JMT welcomes parliamentary Wild Land response

Two years after the Petition was lodged, the Scottish Parliament’s Petition Committee has discussed how to progress the wild land designation petition lodged by the John Muir Trust (JMT) in January 2011. Most members of the committee, across all parties, agreed that the petition should be continued and that the Chief Executive and Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage should be invited to report on their progress on wild land mapping, which has been underway for several years. Members of the committee, including SNP MSP John Wilson, expressed disappointment at the inadequate response of the Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse, who had

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Posted in Nature

Conic Hill closed and WHW diversion

The route over Conic Hill is currently closed for path upgrade work. The work will last for 8 weeks until 8 April 2013 and during this time the route of the West Highland Way over Conic Hill and other walks over the hill that use this route will be closed. A signed diversion is in place from Garadhban Forest via Milton of Buchanan then along the B837 public road to rejoin the route at Balmaha. There also will be tree felling taking place until June and a diversion through Drymen is also signed. Details of these two diversions can be

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Posted in Access issues, News

Pioneer of Scottish Skiing Wins Mountain Culture Award

Myrtle Simpson, who pioneered skiing and guiding in Scotland, has been announced as the sixth recipient of The Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture. The award was presented at the Fort William Mountain Festival. Myrtle was selected for this award for her massive contribution and devotion to mountain culture in Scotland and throughout the world and her involvement in the development of skiing in Scotland; having had a key role in the setting up of Glencoe, Cairngorm and Nevis Range Ski centres. As a climber, skier, canoeist, explorer and adventurer she has travelled all over the world to pursue

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Police name avalanche victims

Police have named two of the three people who died after an avalanche in the Cairngorms on 14 February as on Thursday. Squadron Leader Rimon Than, 33, of RAF Valley, North Wales, and Flight Lieutenant Fran Capps, both members of the RAF Mountaineering Association were killed along with a student taking part in a winter skills course at Glenmore Lodge. Nine other people were caught up in the avalanche in the Chalamain Gap, a steep sided glen linking the Cairngorm ski road with the Lairig Ghru, were unhurt. Bob Kinnaird, Principal of Glenmore Lodge, said it was the first fatality

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