Stražišće peak from Cavtat Croatia
The Dalmatian coast of Croatia is once again becoming a popular destination for British tourists including many walking parties. I visited the area in May this year (2013) staying in the resort of Cavtat with my wife Carole. I had difficulty finding any decent walking maps or walk routes. I hope that the short article that I have written about my ascent of Stražišće peak via the Ronald Brown Footpath will be helpful to walkers who visit the area.
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Simon Cooke Councillor for Bingley believes that Ramblers in the Bradford district should be made to pay for the upkeep of stiles and footpaths.
Recently the Bradford Telegraph and Argus contacted me in my capacity as the President of the largest rambling club in the Bradford district, and invited me to pass an opinion on the state of footpaths and access stiles in the Bradford area.
In the article which was subsequently published in the T&A, I spoke about the 5% of stiles in the area that had not been maintained, which at the very least prevented the elderly and infirm from completing a walk, and at worst presented a serious danger to anyone attempting to pass through.
Simon Cooke, who is a conservative Councillor for Bingley, an area which contributes more members to Bradford CHA Rambling & Social Club than any other in the district, declares in his daily blog that I and all the members of the Rambling community do not contribute anything to the upkeep of stiles and footpaths.
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Langstroth Cave November 7th 1965
This was my first cave dive using breathing apparatus and as far as I am aware, this dive was also the first cave dive made by Bill using diving apparatus. Twelve months earlier Bill had passed the short sump in Elbolton Cave by free diving and he had free-dived a short sump in Rumbling Hole (Leck Fell) He had also been stand-by diver for Pete Livesey at Stonelands Cave (Littondale) but had not been required to dive.
Bill Frakes, Mick Melvin, Dave Stewart, John Russum.
Dave Cobley and Chris Whelan of the B.P.C. assisted on the carry into the sump. As we only had three sets of diving gear it was decided that Bill and I would make the first dive and return to base. Then John using his own diving gear, would dive with Dave using mine.
Our objective was to explore the cave beyond the sumps with the intention of assessing the feasibility of scaling the 45 foot aven reached by Mike Boon in September 1963. We also made a decision to replace the existing line through the sumps with a new Courlene dive line..
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