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My Favourite Map A Misanthrope's Sanctuary

Paper maps can be way more than just a tool, taking on a personal significance. If you're a hill geek anything like us then you may have a particular favourite. For Nick Livesey it's a sheet covering some knobbly parts of Wales that the crowds rarely seem to reach...

My Favourite Map A Birthday Challenge

Unfolded on your floor or pinned to a wall, a paper map can be way more than just a tool, becoming something of personal significance. If you're a hill geek like us then you may have a particular favourite, and in this series we hear about a fe...

Health Exiles - The Perspective of Distance

We generally focus on the exploits of those getting out to the crags or into the hills, but what if you can't? Fell runner Norman Hadley spares a thought for people facing a long enforced separation.

International Mountain Day 2023 - Mountains & Climate Science at COP28

Today is International Mountain Day. This year's theme is 'restoring mountain ecosystems.' The impact of a warming planet on mountains, their ecosystems and local communities is currently being brought to the fore at...

My Favourite Map Geology Plus Glaciers

Navigation apps are great, but for big picture inspiration there's still nothing like a printed sheet. The best maps mean...

My Favourite Map Lochs, Rocks, and a Bad Bog

Navigation apps are great, but for inspiration there's nothing like an old fashioned paper sheet. More than just a tool,...

Dàna - Scotland's Wild Places: Scottish Climbing on the BBC

A new series of the BBC Alba programme Dàna - Scotland's Wild Side has...


Bagging Completing the Welsh Highlands - Uchafion Cymru

Covering 630 hills, from 500m lumps right up to Yr Wyddfa (Snowdon), the Welsh Highlands - Uchafion Cymru is a hill list on a grand scale. Myrddyn Phillips co-authors the list, and is also the first to complete it, a task that took nearly 20 ye...

Backpacking Richard Hartfield - Solo Scrambling and Backpacking 1900km Across the Alps

In summer 2021 Richard Hartfield completed a two-month journey east-to-west along the length of the Alps, from Slovenia to the Mediterranean coast of France, a backpacking, bivvying and mountaineering epic of...

Backpacking Walking the Arran Coastal Way

Do you feel it's late in the year for a long distance trail? Think again. When short daylight and worse weather make high level backpacking a challenge, coastal routes can provide a worthwhile alternative. With quiet shorelines and mountain views, the circuit around the...

Running Solo and Unsupported on the Cuillin Round

Covering 60 peaks in the Red and Black Cuillin, the Cuillin Round is an extraordinary hill running and scrambling challenge,...

The Big Routes Ossian's Magnificent Seven

With only a raven for company, Dan Bailey enjoys a wild seven-Munro circuit of Ben Alder, Geal-Charn and the Ossian hills,...

Bagging Exploring the MacPhies of Colonsay

When it comes to peak bagging missions, Colonsay's 100m summits may not immediately spring to mind. But it turns out you can pack a...

Scrambling The Skye Cuillin for Munro Baggers

Having helped dozens of Munroists of all abilities complete their Cuillin Munros and Tops, guide Tom Lawfield...


rescue After the Accident - How to Get Found Alive

If you're incapacitated on a Scottish winter mountain then your prospects depend on how well equipped you are, and how...

Food Cereal Bars, Ranked

Walker, runner or climber; pretty much everyone snacks on bars. Easy to carry and quick to eat, they are a convenient source of calories. But nutrition, taste and value all vary a lot. Fliss Freeborn field-tests some of the most commonly available options. If you assume that more...

navigation Why Learn to Navigate?

Getting lost can waste a lot of time, and occasionally proves dangerous, says Nicola Jasieniecka of Mountain Training. But navigating effectively isn't just about avoiding unpleasantness: it can be deeply satisfying too, enriching your sense of connection with the...

The Big Three Rounds - All You Need to Know Part 2. Reccying

An essential part of the Big Round process, reccying is a lot more than simply learning the route and preparing mind and body for the endurance challenge to come: it's also about trialling food, clothing, kit and footwear so you're absolutely sure what will work on the big...

Food What to Have For Breakfast in the Hills

If you're about to embark on a big Munro or mountain multi-pitch day, starting well-fuelled is a must. But what food actually makes the best backpacking breakfast? From cold oats to salty meat, Fliss Freeborn rates some of the leading contenders.

The Big Three Rounds - All You Need to Know Part 1. What, When and How?

Simple Items That Might Save Your Life First Aid Kit

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Mountain Air 15. Forecasting Avalanches With Mark Diggins of SAIS

Winter's coming, and the high tops have already seen the first snow. Throughout the season, walkers, climbers and skiers will be keeping a close eye on reports from the Scottish Avalanche Information Service. So what's it like to work as a fore...

Mountain Air 14. Dougie Baird, Mountain Path Builder

It's a tough job, and highly skilled, but the effort and expense of building and maintaining upland paths often seems to be taken for granted. Here Dan Aspel speaks with expert Dougie Baird of the Outdoor Access Trust For Scotland, on what it takes to...

Mountain Air 13. Jamie Aarons, Fastest Munroist in History

In June 2023 Jamie Aarons set a new record for the fastest self-propelled Munro round, finishing on Ben Klibreck in a time of just 31 days, 10 hours and 27 minutes. What feats of endurance, sleep deprivation and elaborate team work did it take...


Mountain Literature Classics: Of Walking in Ice by Werner Herzog

Few have explored the extremes of outdoor life further than Bavarian film-maker Werner Herzog. As well as his many films - some strange, some disturbing - Herzog is a long-distance walker, and a writer too. Of Walking In Ice is only 66 pages, b...

Book Extract: Harold Raeburn - The Steps of a Giant

Harold Raeburn's climbing achievements in the Edwardian era were as impressive as those of Murray, Patey, or MacInnes in later periods. We might even think of these greats as standing on Raeburn's shoulders, says Peter J Biggar, author of a new...

Mountain Literature Classics: South Col by Wilfrid Noyce

The official account of the first successful Everest expedition is a bit of a plod. For a more insightful and entertaining story, try the version written by Wilfrid Noyce, suggests Ronald Turnbull. Published the year after the first ascent,...

Mountain Literature Classics: Free Solo with Alex Honnold

"If a 90-minute movie can be considered as a Literary Classic, then 'Free Solo' is a classic. And if it can't...

Mountain Literature Classics: That Untravelled World by Eric Shipton

To enjoy lightweight travel through huge tracts of unexplored country it's best, says Ronald...

Mountain Literature Classics: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

From wherever-Camelot-was, eight weeks through Wales to the Peak District, in winter: that's a fair hike,...

Only the Deer Were Watching

In an extract from his new book The Wild Swimmer of Kintail, outdoor writer Kellan MacInnes goes skinny-dipping near the summit of Sgurr...


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