Running The Montane Dragon's Back Race 2021: So Near and Yet So Far

Running some 380km from Conwy to Cardiff, and taking in many of the big hills in Wales, the 2021 Dragon's Back Race was the longest and toughest to date. A relative newcomer to running, Chris Harle embarked on a year-long buildup so that he could hit the starting line with the highest chance of success. Sadly even the best laid plans can go awry. So what went right, what went wrong, and what's his advice for anyone tempted to take on such a challenge? 

Interview Nicky Spinks on the Lake District 24 Hour Record

Running From Intensive Care to Bob Graham Round - the saga of an epic journey

Preparing for a big hill running round is a long hard road for anyone, but nearly dying doesn't usually feature in the training schedule. Rob Greenwood reflects on the cavernous lows and surprising highs of a truly...

Diversity On the Ramsay Round with the Black Trail Runners

As with most mountain activities, hill running has a diversity deficit. The organisation Black Trail Runners was set up to help open the sport to Black runners of all abilities, and earlier this summer several members came together to experience the...

Why walk in the rain? Here are five good reasons

Summer's here, so it's time to embrace the liquid sunshine. You may end up with wet pants and not much of a view, but...

Never Say Never - Mistakes in the Mountains

What do you do when you're a qualified, established instructor and you make an error of judgement in the...

Interview Ursula Martin - 5000 miles across Europe in a time of Covid

Between 2018 and 2021, Ursula Martin walked alone across Europe. Her journey of over 5000...

The Big Routes Glen Lyon Watershed

At 121km, the round of the Glen Lyon hills takes in 17 Munros and 8 Corbetts, besides a lot of rough pathless walking far from the crowds. This huge skyline romp around Scotland's longest glen has the makings of a really rewarding backpacking c...

Backpacking Six Days on the Cumbria Packraft Ultra

Two friends recently completed what they believe to be the first unsupported journey to link - and paddle - all 11 of the Lake District's main lakes. Using packrafts, and bivvying en route, the pair (plus collie Bud) covered 160km on foot and 80km by boat...

The Big Routes Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch

What these rolling Munros lack in scenic impact they make up for in remoteness and spacious scale. Dan Bailey enjoys the silence on a bike-and-bivvy trip in the lonely hills of the West Mounth.  

The Big Routes Yorkshire Three Peaks

Everyone has heard of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, says Chris Scaife, and judging by the crowds almost everyone has walked it...

National Parks Without The Crowds National Parks without the crowds: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs

The Covid boom is bringing floods of visitors to our National Parks, and with them come traffic,...

A Night on Slioch

A high camp and a perfect sunset put life into perspective for Sarah Jane Douglas...

Trekking Spanish Pyrenees: How to hike the GR11

Overseas travel may still be off the agenda for most, but that needn't stop us dreaming, or making plans for future trips. And...

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab When To Use A Larger Pack

Rachael Crewesmith talks us through the situations where it would be applicable to use a larger rucksack and examines some of the...

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Choosing a rucksack and fitting it correctly

Rachael and Rob give an overview of different sized packs and show us a variety of sizes, and then explain how to correctly fit them.

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Mid-Layers Explained

Rachael and Rob take us through mid-layers - possibly the most varied range of garments in the outdoors. They talk about classic fleeces, more modern hybrids and even the pieces that resemble softshells.

Montane Alpine Preparation Racking up for an Alpine Scramble

In this video, Rebecca Coles tells us what she would take on an alpine scramble where a variety of techniques will be utilised such as building belays, moving together, and walking with coils.

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Baselayers Explained

Rachael Crewesmith talks us through baselayers; from how they work, to the differences between materials like merino, synthetic, and polyester blends, how to fit them and which features to look for.

Down Jackets - Gear Guide  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Down Jackets Explained

Montane Alpine Preparation - Episode 6  © UKC

Montane Alpine Preparation Scrambling & Climbing Safely and Efficiently

Synthetic Insulation Explained  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Synthetic Insulation Explained

Ronald's 100th summit in a bivvy bag, Walla Crag above fogbound Keswick  © Ronald Turnbull

camping Nights in Green Nylon: The Ups and Downs of Bivvy Life

Book Extract: On the Summit of Skye

A proper mountain top is, of course, one that you could fall off on any side. As the high point of the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair certainly meets that description, says self-confessed exposure-phobe Simon Ingram, in this extract from his book The ...

Mountain Literature Classics: Feeding the Rat

A lot of books came out of the mid-20th Century British climbing boom, including well-selling autobiographies of Bonington and Joe Brown. This one is a bit different, says Ronald Turnbull.

Mountain Literature Classics: The Ridiculous Mountains by GJF Dutton

Among mountaineering books, there are some that are fun – but only a select handful that are actually funny, says Ronald Turnbull. This send-up of Scottish hill-going captures the 1970s, a time when the era of genteel gents with...

Mountain Literature Classics: Grasmere Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud… Except, he didn't. William Wordsworth had his sister Dorothy...

What's on Your Bookshelf? #3

Mountain Leader and trail running coach Rachel Sheldrake shares some picks from her home climbing library...

Mountain Literature Classics: A Time of Gifts by Patrick Leigh Fermor

In December 1933 a young school dropout trotted down the rainswept steps of the Thames to a...

Mountain Literature Classics: The Night Climbers of Cambridge

While the working classes were trespassing on the grouse moors of Kinder, the sons of the...


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