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Maurice Wilson and his de Havilland Gipsy Moth aircraft.  © UKC Articles

Interview Ed Caesar on Maurice Wilson, the Moth and the Mountain

The year is 1934. A flight across continents and a trek of many hundreds of miles brings an inexperienced pilot and novice mountaineer to the Roof of the World and the foot of a yet-unclimbed Mount Everest. After an improbable 12-month journey, his focus narrows to a one-inch square of paper showing the summit, purposefully cut out from his map and carried in his chest pocket. He wants to climb Everest solo, and has artfully dodged diplomatic and logistical hurdles - and death - to get there. When Maurice Wilson and the mountain finally meet, it marks the culmination of years of soul-searching obsession born out of the trauma of war. Those with a basic grasp of Everest's history will know that Wilson didn't succeed, but his gutsy attempt and its intriguing backstory - long relegated to the footnotes of Everest's annals - are ascending to prominence thanks to award-winning author and The New Yorker writer Ed Caesar and his latest book The Moth and The Mountain: A True Story of Love, War and Everest.

Extreme Basecamp scenes  © KMF

10 People You'll Meet (Virtually) at Kendal Mountain Festival 2020

Kirsten Steimel on the Cosmiques Arete in July.  © Micha Rinn
Kirsten Steimel on the Cosmiques Arete in July.  © Micha Rinn

Coronavirus The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Mountain Sports - A Study

This summer, British climbers Roger Everett and Simon Richardson were part of a team of academics and outdoor enthusiasts who worked on a paper about the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mountain sports, which has now been...

Sébastien Cuomo with his creation.  © Sébastien Cuomo
Sébastien Cuomo with his creation.  © Sébastien Cuomo

Mountains in Miniature - A LEGO Mont Blanc Massif

Sébastien Cuomo didn't expect the 3000 notifications and 400 shares that animated his phone when he posted a photo of his latest Lego build on Facebook. Although countless iconic buildings have been replicated in plastic and in miniature...

Distancing is easier with small groups, or one-to-one, as here on Curved Ridge  © Al Halewood
Distancing is easier with small groups, or one-to-one, as here on Curved Ridge  © Al Halewood

Coronavirus The Impact on Outdoor Centres, Guides and Instructors

According to conventional wisdom, Lockdown has given us all a greater awareness of...

Padarn at night  © johnhenderson
Padarn at night  © johnhenderson

Running Run-Swim the Puddle Buckley, a New Way to See Snowdonia

Do you fancy a Paddy Buckley round, but also enjoy getting wet? This amphibious alternative takes the best bits...

A strong team of support runners made a big difference on the Paddy Buckley  © Math Roberts collection
A strong team of support runners made a big difference on the Paddy Buckley  © Math Roberts collection

Running Breaking a Big Hill Record - What Does it Take?

Completing a big hill round takes dedication, but how much more blood, sweat and tears if you're going for the fastest...


High above the clouds on Mam Tor  © Mike Hutton

One Minute Mountain Mam Tor

Alex Roddie climbs everyone's favourite miniature mountain in the Peak District - Mam Tor, an easily won summit that's home to prehistoric remains and a spectacular landslip.

Lancet edge in the wind  © gregor
Lancet edge in the wind  © gregor

Avalanched on the Lancet Edge - a Cautionary Tale

Mountain rescue expert Dave 'Heavy' Whalley recalls a serious incident in the early 1970s, a time when avalanches in Scotland were poorly understood. These days we have far more information to help make safe decisions - if we choose to use it.

Idyllic greenery on the Hampta Pass trek, Himachal Pradesh  © Manish Kabadval
Idyllic greenery on the Hampta Pass trek, Himachal Pradesh  © Manish Kabadval

Trekking Trekking in India - a Beginner's Introduction

India is a stunningly diverse country for walking, and every Himalayan state and trekking route has its own special character. By way of some post-Covid planning inspiration, local expert Nutan Shinde-Pawar introduces all the major mountain areas and...

Joe Graham monument, Almagill Hill  © Ronald Turnbull
Joe Graham monument, Almagill Hill  © Ronald Turnbull

Backpacking Short Distance Walking on the Annandale Way

Ronald Turnbull extols the virtues of the backpacking mini break, on one of Scotland's newer and shorter Great Trails....

The main ridge provides a stunning high level traverse - here heading towards Brandon Peak  © Mike Dixon
The main ridge provides a stunning high level traverse - here heading towards Brandon Peak  © Mike Dixon

Destination Brandon - Ireland's Finest Mountain?

With its contorted crags, jewel-like lakes and spectacular ridges, Mount Brandon is a must-do for any keen hillwalker. Save it...

Gleann Dubh-lighe - easy to reach, yet feels a world away from the tourist trail  © Geoff Allan
Gleann Dubh-lighe - easy to reach, yet feels a world away from the tourist trail  © Geoff Allan

Bothy Six Top Scottish Bothy Walks - Minus the Bothy Nights

Although still closed for overnight stays, bothies provide the ideal focus for a day out, says Geoff Allan,...

Early morning on the crest of An Gearanach  © Dan Bailey
Early morning on the crest of An Gearanach  © Dan Bailey

The Big Routes Traverse of the Mamores

Scottish ridge walks don't come much bigger, or better, than the traverse of the Mamores. With 10 Munros, several exciting...


With an eye to the forecasts, we've been able to get out in dreamlike conditions on the Aonach Eagach  © Matt Stygall

Understanding Winter Weather with Plas y Brenin Part 1 - How Forecasts Work Together

For safe days in the winter mountains, your two biggest concerns are weather and snow conditions. From interpreting the...

In wet weather even little streams can become formidable torrents, and many crossings are best avoided  © Dan Bailey
In wet weather even little streams can become formidable torrents, and many crossings are best avoided  © Dan Bailey

Expert Tips Walking in Wild Weather

As autumn heads inexorably towards winter, conditions on the hills tend to get more hostile. It needn't be a show stopper, but wet, wild and cloudy weather does pose a big challenge. Here, seasoned pros give us their top tips for weathering the autumn storms.

Mum and baby in Glen Lee, with the usual mountain of stuff  © Laura Karpyte
Mum and baby in Glen Lee, with the usual mountain of stuff  © Laura Karpyte

children Hillwalking with a Baby

There's no need to let a new baby stop you from hillwalking, says Laura Karpyte, but of course family trips need to be approached very differently from your pre-sprog days. From route choice and planning, to the massive variety of clothing and carrier options, here...

A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon
A keen team, good weather and a familiar route: maximising the chances of a safe and successful day  © Will Legon

Scrambling Scrambling with Kids - A Parent's Guide

Kids are natural climbers, and scrambling as a family can be great fun. But with scrambling comes risk, and there's a lot to consider when you add children to the mix. To help ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable day, instructor Will Legon offers...

Here comes the sun...  © Dan Bailey
Here comes the sun...  © Dan Bailey

Expert Tips Wild Camping

Anyone can camp wild - there's no barrier to entry - but if you've not yet tried it then you may be wondering where to start. From gear selection and the best camp food, to midges, toileting and choosing a good place to pitch, three wild camping old hands share their hard-won wisdom.

Take your trail running to new levels by improving your planning and navigation skills     © Keri Wallace

Running Route Planning for Trail Runners

Urban orienteering could work well at the moment  © Will Legon

children Family Walks on Lockdown - Keep it Local, but Make it Fun

Home workouts can be fun as well as keeping you fit...  © Claire Maxted

coronavirus Lockdown? No Problem - Here's How to Keep Fit at Home

Embracing the exposure on Bristly Ridge  © Will Legon

Scrambling Scramblers - Learn to Manage a Fear of Heights


Nares Craig atop the Wedding Cake of New Court, St John's in 1937 from The Night Climbers of Cambridge  © The Night Climbers of Cambridge

Mountain Literature Classics: The Night Climbers of Cambridge

While the working classes were trespassing on the grouse moors of Kinder, the sons of the grouse-shooting set were busy illicitly clambering up the dreaming spires of Cambridge (and they were probably at it in Oxford too). Put a group of advent...

Travels with a Donkey montage  © Macmillan
Travels with a Donkey montage  © Macmillan

Mountain Literature Classics: Travels With a Donkey by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was the greatest Scottish hillwalker to never walk up any hills, says Ronald Turnbull. However, he did make a long a 'backpacking' journey through southern France, and his account forms the...

Pilley was one of the founders of the Pinnacle Club  © Dorothy Pilley
Pilley was one of the founders of the Pinnacle Club  © Dorothy Pilley

Mountain Literature Classics: Climbing Days by Dorothy Pilley

This engaging memoir by one of the pioneering women of the inter-war years is one of the best accounts we have of the sheer fun of climbing rocks, hills and mountains, says Ronald Turnbull.

Alison Hargreaves on Les Droites  © steve.aisthorpe
Alison Hargreaves on Les Droites  © steve.aisthorpe

Mountain Literature Classics: Regions of the Heart

The biography of Alison Hargreaves is the story of a life of drive and talent cut short by tragic circumstance,...

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning  © Laurie Lee
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning  © Laurie Lee

Literature Classics: As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

With barely a word of Spanish, and scarcely a penny to his name, young Laurie Lee set out on foot across...

Eiger 1989 day 4: Below the Quartz Crack  © Robert Durran
Eiger 1989 day 4: Below the Quartz Crack  © Robert Durran

Mountain Literature Classics: Starlight and Storm

If you want to be carried away by the power of words and share the intoxicated joy of that man on that ledge with the...

Reading 'The Big Walks' at Keswick Moot Hall, pre-dawn start point for the Lakes 3000s walk  © Ronald Turnbull
Reading 'The Big Walks' at Keswick Moot Hall, pre-dawn start point for the Lakes 3000s walk  © Ronald Turnbull

Mountain Literature Classics: The Big Walks

Back in 1980, in an age of sludgy photos and plodding layout, this glossy collection of classic challenges hit the...


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