Outdoor News – 17th October 2013

1. Top tips on how to get started in outdoor climbing

The British Mountaineering Council has published a series of handy tips for people who are interested in climbing outdoors for the first time.  More here.

2. Praise for young path repair team


Yorkshire Dales National Park staff have praised a group of youngsters who repaired a footpath, making it easier for wheelchair users and families to access Malham Cove. More here.

3.Mountain rescue team in marriage proposal mission


Members of Glossop Mountain Rescue Team attended a special call out recently, to help a colleague make a very special marriage proposal.  More here.

4. Unwanted collie pup grows into award winning rescue dog


An unwanted collie taken in by The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and adopted by a couple from Ross-shire was this year crowned best novice dog in a competition organised by the Search and Rescue Dogs Association Scotland.  More here.

5. BMC to hold first disability symposium


The British Mountaineering Council has announced details of its inaugural disability symposium, to take place on 16th and 17th November at the Calvert Trust’s residential outdoor centre in Keswick.  More here.

6. Walking saves lives


Reinforcing messages that the Britain on Foot campaign has been pushing for months, a new report called ‘Walking Works’ states that many lives could be saved by people doing more walking.  More here.

7. Is the British weather unique?


The BBC has explored the meteorological facts that might explain why the British talk about the country’s changeable weather so much.  More here.

8. Mountain Rescue training helps find lost terrier


Coniston Mountain Rescue Team recently adapted a training session to include a search for a lost dog, with a happy outcome.  More here.

9. Early taste of winter for Scottish Highlands


Scotland experienced its first wintry weather of the season last week, when the Cairngorm area was affected by heavy snow.  More here.

10. RIP John North

John North, who was a leading figure in the outdoor industry over many years, has passed away after a long illness.  More here on the contributions he made to the outdoor community.