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'The generation that nearly climbed itself into extinction'

A mountaineer from Cumbria has written a book celebrating a style of alpine climbing pioneered in the 1970s and 1980s.

So-called 'Light and Fast' climbing was risky, and many climbers lost their lives. John Porter's book tells the story of a fateful climb in the Himalayas, where he witnessed his friend fall to his death.

Fiona Marley Paterson reports:

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Collision on the A66 at Thornthwaite

Emergency Services are dealing with a road traffic collision on the A66 at Thornthwaite.

Police were called at 3.50pm today following the collision.

The road has been closed in both directions.

All motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

More than £4 million parking profits for councils in Cumbria

Local authorities in Cumbria made big profits from parking charges. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Local authorities in Cumbria made more than £4 million from parking charges last year.

Figures from the RAC Foundation found South Lakeland made the biggest surplus in the county.

But Cumbria County Council was one of the few authorities in the country that didn't make a profit.

The figures were calculated by adding up income from parking charges and penalty notices, and then deducting the running costs.

  • South Lakeland - £2,363,000
  • Allerdale - £1,206,000
  • Carlisle - £510,000
  • Copeland - £188,000
  • Eden - £89,000
  • Cumbria County Council - lost £338,000
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