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Climbers take part at 'own risk'

The council said climbers have a role in protecting the environment

Climbers must take responsibility for their own actions according to a document drafted in response to concerns over liability for accidents.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland's "Statement of Participation" is in response to worries from public bodies owning land with climbing sites.

It has been a long held view of the council that climbers accept the pursuit is potentially dangerous.

The public has been invited to comment on the draft statement.

Organisations concerned about liability for accidents included local authorities, the council said.

In the statement, the mountaineering body said climbing was important to Scotland and conditions and routes on Scottish mountains were recognised across the world.

It also said climbers must play a role in protecting the environment by avoiding wild bird nest sites and not slinging climbing ropes around trees.

Views from the public have been sought on the statement ahead of its submission to the council's board.

Last week, the council posted a rundown of accident black spots in the hills on a video sharing website.

The briefing for walkers and climbers is given by the council's safety officer Heather Morning and uploaded on YouTube.

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