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Magic moments on Stob Coire a ' Chairn  © Richard Haszko

Magic Winter Moments in the Mamores

You never quite know what you're going to get on a mountain day, says Richard Haszko. Just occasionally, it's sheer perfection....

Mountaineering snowshoes in use on appropriate terrain  © Alex Roddie
Mountaineering snowshoes in use on appropriate terrain  © Alex Roddie

Skills Snowshoes in Scotland - more than just a novelty

Requiring less skill than skiing, and making a big difference when progress on foot would be a nightmare, snowshoes have a clear niche in Scottish winter, reckons Alex Roddie. Having spent years insisting he could do without, Alex is now a...

Who wouldn't want a bit of that? But learn the winter walking essentials before you try running!  © Charlie Sproson, Mountain Run
Who wouldn't want a bit of that? But learn the winter walking essentials before you try running!  © Charlie Sproson, Mountain Run

Walk Before You Run - winter skills for hill runners

There are a lot of strong runners out there, but those coming to winter hill running without a grounding in mountain skills may not appreciate the severity of the challenge posed by snow on the hills, says fell running guide Keri Wallace. Here...

Keep an eye on weather and snow conditions throughout the day  © Matt Stygall
Keep an eye on weather and snow conditions throughout the day  © Matt Stygall

Skills Part 5 - Observations on the Hill

Forecasts are great tools at the planning stage, but once out on the hill you'll have to rely on your own observations and judgement. In the final part of our series Will talks us through the vital skill of staying alert and open minded.

Bikepacking JMW montage  © Gavin Morton
Bikepacking JMW montage  © Gavin Morton

Bikepacking the John Muir Way and Perthshire's New Drovers Trail

Originally intended as a long distance walk from coast to coast, the John Muir Way is also ideal on two wheels, says bikepacking evangelist Markus Stitz. Meanwhile, up in Highland Perthshire, Markus has also been working on a new...

A strong team, but the wind is really going to influence our decisions today  © Martin McKenna

Skills Part 4 - Planning and Decision Making

You can't argue with Garbh Bheinn's summit view  © Dan Bailey

One Minute Mountain: Garbh Bheinn

Having studied the SAIS forecast, we opted very emphatically for a ridge  © Dan Bailey

Skills Part 3 - How to Use the SAIS Website

Fences and walls are barriers to thinking as well as walking  © Nick Hayes

Interview Author Nick Hayes on Trespass and the Right to Roam


Gear Reviews

These are reviews from the UKH editorial team

Microlight Alpine montage  © Rob Greenwood

Rab Microlight Alpine jacket - Men's and Women's

Made using recycled fabrics and P.U.R.E recycled hydrophobic down, the new Microlight Alpine is an ethically sound upgrade to an established class act. Rob Greenwood and Penny Orr conduct a his-n-hers review.

The stream test - glad Nikwax products contain no solvents or PFCs that would otherwise end up in the water  © Dan Bailey
The stream test - glad Nikwax products contain no solvents or PFCs that would otherwise end up in the water  © Dan Bailey

Nikwax Footwear Care Products

Dan Bailey gives his favourite boots some TLC with a Nikwax Footwear Care Kit. One gets treated with a waterproofing spray, while the other is left untreated. Will he notice a difference?

A perfect chuck-on warm layer for a chilly pizza break  © Ben Bishop
A perfect chuck-on warm layer for a chilly pizza break  © Ben Bishop

Arc'teryx Nuclei FL - lightweight insulated jacket

At £250, the Nuclei FL comes in at the top end of the lightweight synthetic hoody price spectrum, but it is very warm for its weight, very light, and made to a high quality. Rebecca Ting has been practically living in hers for the last nine...


Comp 3x2  © Summit Financial Services

Open Comp Win a Montane Alpine Spirit GORE-TEX Jacket with Summit Financial Services

For over 22 years Summit Financial Services has provided life insurance, income protection and critical illness cover for climbers & mountaineers

Lifestyle 2  © Sprayway
Lifestyle 2  © Sprayway

Winner announced WINNER - Win a Sprayway women's Vista or men's Kenmore Jacket

Waterproof jackets are our bread and butter, it's where it all began. From our first long PU sailing cagoules of the 70's to the co-development of HydroDRY® one of the first machine taped waterproof fabrics and the start of...

Guide 3x2  © Deuter
Guide 3x2  © Deuter

Winners announced WINNERS - Win 1 of 3 Deuter Guide 34+ packs

Just in time for winter - when you'll need an alpine pack to be carrying all your extra kit - Deuter are giving you the chance to win a Guide 34+ pack.


Gear News

These are announcements direct from manufacturers

Nikwax Tech Wash® and TX.Direct® proven to be the highest performing care system f

Don't treat your waterproof gear to anything less than the best. Nikwax Tech Wash® has been independently proven to be the best performing product for cleaning waterproof gear in a washing machine. It is the only product demonstrated to provide...

Point 5 Thumbnail  © Point 5 Clothing
Point 5 Thumbnail  © Point 5 Clothing

Point 5 Technical Down Jacket

A well thought out, practical active wear jacket. Perfect for walking, belaying, climbing and skiing.

Khroma Range  © Rab
Khroma Range  © Rab

Masters of Exploration – The new Rab Khroma ski mountaineering collection

British outdoor expert Rab has just launched its brand new ski-mountaineering collection Khroma, offering a full range of high-tech styles made for those who love the up as much as the down!


Marketing and Communications Managers at Equip  © Equip Outdoor Technologies
Marketing and Communications Managers at Equip  © Equip Outdoor Technologies

Marketing and Communications Managers at Equip, Alfreton

We have two new exciting opportunities, for an experienced Digital Marketing Manager and Digital Communications Manager, to join us at Equip. ...

Librarian, The Alpine Club Library  © UKC Job Ads
Librarian, The Alpine Club Library  © UKC Job Ads

Librarian, The Alpine Club Library, London

Appointment of Librarian (full time) Salary: £28,000 - £32,000 per annum The Alpine Club Library is seeking to appoint a Librarian from...

Petzl Aftersales Administrator - Full Time  © Lyon Equipment
Petzl Aftersales Administrator - Full Time  © Lyon Equipment

Petzl Aftersales Administrator - Full Time

Lyon Equipment Limited is a leading supplier of high-quality equipment to the Outdoor, Work at Height and Rescue markets. We are certified to...