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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
Sheriff takes staff Munro bagging
Cairngorms
The Cairngorms: "Some of the finest walking country in Europe"
A sheriff is to lead a group of solicitors, police and security officers on a hillwalking trip.

Derek Pyle and depute fiscal Fiona Murray hope the venture becomes an annual team building event with a prize awarded to the best climber.

A notice at Inverness Sheriff Court said the walk was restricted and not open to anyone giving evidence, or due to be sentenced.

Sgor Goaith in the Cairngorms is the target for Wednesday's walk.

About 40 criminal and civil lawyers, police and Reliance officers, social workers, fiscals and clerk staff at Inverness Sheriff Court are expected to tackle the 3,668ft peak.

An ipod with earpiece may be useful for inspiration. When spirits fall soundtrack of Last of the Mohicans is as good as any
Sheriff Derek Pyle

A notice inviting people to the event said: "Invitation restricted to those who regularly attend the Sheriff Court, but not to give evidence or be sentenced."

The walk is the idea of Sheriff Pyle, who was rated top sheriff in last year's Law Awards of Scotland, and Ms Murray.

At the end of their business at 1315 BST on Wednesday, the walking party will head for the hills, while the rest of the day's court business proceeds as normal.

Prizes on offer

Sheriff Pyle, 53, said: "It's just a bit of fun. It seems a shame when we are in the finest walking country in Europe not to use it and to introduce the pleasures of hillwalking to people who may otherwise not think of doing it.

"I have done a reasonable number of Munros over the past 20 years although I am not fanatical about bagging them all."

He added: "An ipod with earpiece may be useful for inspiration. When spirits fall soundtrack of Last of the Mohicans is as good as any."

Prizes will be given for the winner of The Murray and Pyle award for Climber of the Year and there will be "other exciting and unexpected competitions en route", according to the notice about the event.


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