Bid to deliver a phased return to Scotland's hills and mountains

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Mountaineering organisations in Scotland are asking hill walkers and climbers to stick to the Covid-19 lockdown guidelines.

Mountaineering Scotland is leading discussions with partners in the Mountain Safety Group on how to deliver a phased return to the hills and mountains.

It has drafted proposals which will be submitted to the Scottish government outlining how activities like hill walking, climbing and bouldering can be re-introduced.

Stuart Younie, CEO of Mountaineering Scotland, said: "We want to see an immediate return to hill walking, climbing and other outdoor activities as lockdown starts to ease, and have been encouraged by the way the outdoor sector in Scotland is working together to make this happen in a safe and responsible way."

Damon Powell, chairman of Scottish Mountain Rescue said: "We hope to see everyone out there soon, but preferably not on a rescue!"

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