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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Walker loses compensation claim after West Highland Way fall

A 12 year old boy who suffered life threatening injuries after a fall whilst walking on the West Highland Way has lost a damages claim for £250,000 against the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Lawyers acting for Michael Leonard – who is now aged 20 – had claimed that the park authority had not done enough to make the path safe to walk on – including by failing to provide a handrail. The claim was that ‘where the path turned sharply to its left on its final descent to the road he had tripped or lost his footing

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Kestrel 4500 Weather & Environmental Meter

RRP: £367.20 Weight: 102g Batteries: 2 x AAA (supplied) Compact and lightweight with a full range of useful features. Expensive, and perhaps too many features for the casual user. “Oh yeah, it was easily blowing 100mph plus up there” The hillwalker’s equivalent of ‘the one that got away’, it’s actually really difficult to accurately judge windspeed, with wild exaggerations commonplace, particularly if you’ve had to retreat from the hill to the comfort of the pub. An anemometer removes the uncertainty (and is usually enlightening). “This sleeping bag is rubbish – it’s rated at -5ºC but I was shivering all night”

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Countryside dinosaurs are not yet dead in Scotland

WE don't have many good environmental columnists in Scotland but I would suggest Rob Edwards of The Sunday Herald is probably the best. Rob recently picked up a story about a letter that had been sent to The Scottish Farmer newspaper, a letter that encouraged an official of the Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association to make an outrageous statement on Facebook, a statement that could be interpreted as expressing an attitude amongst gamekeepers that many of us hoped had died out years ago. I’ve always enjoyed a reasonable rapport with the gamekeeping fraternity in Scotland. Certainly there have been various individuals who

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Posted in Features, Magazine, Nature

Review: The Corbett Round by Manny Gorman

In 2009 fell-runner, Manny Gorman set out to complete a continuous traverse of the Scottish Corbetts on foot, bike and sail. At the time the run was followed avidly by many on Walkhighlands and the riveting read he has produced distills the epic 70 day challenge into a very readable book that will appeal to anyone interested in the Scottish hills or crazy human endeavours. The Corbetts are the 219 Scottish mountains Scottish hills between 2,500 and 3,000ft, with at least 500ft ascent on all sides. Less popular than the Munros, many do not have paths and are situated on

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Campaign calls for withdrawal of Monadhliath windfarm

The Save Monadhliath Mountains (SMM) campaign coalition has today welcomed the decision by energy company SSE to abandon its plans for a 27-turbine wind farm at Dalnessie near Lairg. The campaign is calling on devloper RWE to follow suit and save face by withdrawing the 31-turbine proposal at Allt Duine on the very edge of the Cairngorms National Park. The SSE statement said that the proposed Dalnessie wind farm, along with another at Fairburn in Easter Ross, is no longer financially viable. In reaction to the decision by SSE, Chris Townsend, spokesman for the SMM campaign, said: “SSE saw the

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Posted in Access issues, Nature, News

Ben Nevis avalanche rescue

A male and a female climber have been injured after being caught in an avalanche and falling around 300 metres on Ben Nevis. The accident happened on the Brenva face above Coire Leis on Monday 24 February. The avalanche was reported at about 1pm and the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and a Royal Navy helicopter from HMS Gannet in Prestwick assisted with the rescue. The female climber was flown off the mountain and taken to Belford Hospital in Fort William where it is understood that she has serious head injuries. The male was walking wounded.

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Have your say on Bla Bheinn footpath repairs

The John Muir Trust (JMT) are hoping to undertake path repair work on Bla Bheinn this year as well as on other hills on Skye in the next couple of years. Before commencing any work, the conservation charity which owns the estate covering Bla Bheinn, would like to discuss the plans with anyone interested in order to make the best decisions. There will be an open public meeting at the Broadford Hotel on Skye, on Wednesday 12th March from 7pm with a short presentation at 7.30. The JMT would like to hear from as many people as possible and it

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British puffins caught up in Biscay storms

The sight of a Puffin, beak full of sandeels, might be a little harder to come by this summer as they struggle to survive the recent storms that have wracked the Bay of Biscay. The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) have received a record number of reports of Puffins, wearing uniquely-numbered metal rings, being washed up dead on the coasts of France and Spain. In a normal winter, the BTO would expect two or three ringed Puffins to be found in France and Spain, but during the last few weeks, over 35 have been reported. The previous highest number of

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Posted in Nature

Ramblers challenge Government to fund physical activity plan

Ramblers Scotland today welcomed the launch of the Scottish Government's Physical Activity Implementation Plan ‘A More Active Scotland – Building a Legacy from the Commonwealth Games”, but raised concerns that the goals will not be achieved without a change in transport policy and increased funding for walking and cycling. Dave Morris, Director of Ramblers Scotland said: “We are very pleased to see the launch of ‘A More Active Scotland’ which is a key step in delivering the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy. We welcome the long term approach taken by the government for a 10-year plan with milestones after 1 year

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Walking the Watershed event at Inverness

Scottish author and walker Peter Wright is due to talk about his Scottish watershed walk at the Eden Court Theatre, Inverness on Thursday 27 February, 7pm. Peter will take the audience on a colourful and evocative journey from one end of Scotland to the other – upon the very spine. He will describe something of the splendour and continuous wildness of this 1,200km high level off-track route from the border with England all the way to Shetland via Duncansby Head, with a spectacular collection of full colour photographs. Copies of all three books in his Ribbon of Wildness Trilogy will

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