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Slim chance of accident but I'm solo, far from help, so how wise will serious hillwalking look as we return to the outdoors?  © Dan Bailey

coronavirus Steps out of Lockdown: What Next for Safety in the Outdoors?

As we contemplate a gradual return to the outdoors, there seem to be more questions than answers. Chief among them are two: virus safety; and the complex issue of rescue. Here we look at a new staged plan from the BMC; an alternative proposal based on the impact of our choices on rescue teams; and the thoughts of Mountain Rescue themselves. 

An incredible morning on Suilven   © Lisa Bishop

Bagging I've Never Climbed...

Urban decay can be both fascinating and beautiful  © Nick Brown
Urban decay can be both fascinating and beautiful  © Nick Brown

Coronavirus Finding Beauty in the Local Everyday

Limited to one exercise outing a day, from the doorstep, we are all spending a lot more time in our local neighbourhood. People are learning to look at the familiar through new eyes, seeking beauty and interest in unexpected places. Some are even taking lockdown...

Bla Bheinn at sunset  © Colin Prior
Bla Bheinn at sunset  © Colin Prior

My Mountains Colin Prior

"To photograph mountains successfully demands what the Arctic Inuit refer to as 'quinuituq', which translates as 'deep patience' – literally waiting years for one second..." Fiona Russell talks hills with celebrated landscape photographer Colin Prior.

The Italian factory has switched from footwear to PPE  © La Sportiva
The Italian factory has switched from footwear to PPE  © La Sportiva

Coronavirus From Climbing Gear to Medical PPE: Outdoor Brands Support Frontline Workers against COV

As transport, shipping restrictions and national lockdowns were...

David on Ladhar Bheinn  © David Thompson
David on Ladhar Bheinn  © David Thompson

Disability David Thompson: The Deaf Hillwalker

In 2019 Deaf walker David Thompson completed a Munro round. Most people take hearing for granted, both on the hill and off, and...

Winter's a tough time to earn a living on the hills, so we were hoping for a bumper spring...  © Richard Prideaux
Winter's a tough time to earn a living on the hills, so we were hoping for a bumper spring...  © Richard Prideaux

Coronavirus Outdoor Instructors Feel the Pinch

Though the world has many bigger things to worry about right now, the impact of the pandemic on freelance outdoor...


Castle of the Winds (Castell y Gwynt  © dgp

One One Minute Mountain: Glyder Fach

From its classic ridges to its moonscape summit, Alex Roddie gets his scrambling kicks on an Ogwen Valley favourite.

On Collie's Ledge, the alternative to King's Chimney  © Adrian Trendall
On Collie's Ledge, the alternative to King's Chimney  © Adrian Trendall

Scrambling Cuillin Traverse: Taking the Easier Route

Adrian Trendall, author of new Cicerone guide Skye's Cuillin Ridge Traverse, explains how to smooth the hardest edges off the ridge, making it a more realistic prospect for iffy weather or less able climbers. We're dreaming of the day COVID-19 is over and...

Fast walk in hoping for Meagaidh magic  © hwackerhage
Fast walk in hoping for Meagaidh magic  © hwackerhage

One One Minute Mountain: Creag Meagaidh

Alex Roddie finds out why Creag Meagaidh exerts such a strong pull on winter mountaineers. But there's plenty here for walkers and skiers too, on this sprawling mountain with hidden depths.

Spidean Coire nan Clach from Sgurr Ban  © Dan Bailey
Spidean Coire nan Clach from Sgurr Ban  © Dan Bailey

Classic Winter Beinn Eighe's Black Carls

Dan Bailey seizes a rare winter weather window to explore the airy eastern ridges of Beinn Eighe.

On The Wrekin  © John Gillham
On The Wrekin  © John Gillham

Backpacking Walking the New Shropshire Way

The newly revitalised Shropshire Way makes a 180-mile loop through the unsung hills of this quietly stunning border county. John Gillham,...

The northern Cuillin and the Red Cuillin from Bla Bheinn  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com
The northern Cuillin and the Red Cuillin from Bla Bheinn  © Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com

Munros 10 Great One-Munro Days

One attraction of Munros is the way they form convenient clusters that permit long days ticking off peak after peak. But there's a lot to be said...

Topping out on Pavey Ark, February  © cat22
Topping out on Pavey Ark, February  © cat22

One One Minute Mountain: Langdale Pikes

With that classic toothy profile, the Langdale Pikes have kept painters and postcard shops busy for centuries. This cluster of rocky...


Urban orienteering could work well at the moment  © Will Legon

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

In these mad times the family walk has taken on a whole new importance, combining much-needed exercise and a...

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

With only one exercise outing per day, and the possibility of a full lockdown looming, UKH regular Claire Maxted offers some thoughts on how to stay fit, healthy and motivated without leaving home - including a couple of workout vids.

Embracing the exposure on Bristly Ridge  © Will Legon
Embracing the exposure on Bristly Ridge  © Will Legon

Scrambling Scramblers - Learn to Manage a Fear of Heights

Is a fear of heights holding back your scrambling progress? Will Legon describes some clever ways to reprogram your fear response and help the rational you regain control...

Storm force winds on Beinn Sgritheall  © Mac fae Stirling
Storm force winds on Beinn Sgritheall  © Mac fae Stirling

Skills Wind in the Mountains

In a winter of constant storms, windy walks are inevitable. But most people are a poor judge of wind speed, and its effects on a walker. Know your limits, says Helen Howe. Here are her tips for safer walking in the wind...

Even sunny days can feel pretty wild and full-on in winter!  © Dan Bailey
Even sunny days can feel pretty wild and full-on in winter!  © Dan Bailey

Expert Tips Winter Walking

Winter is by far the most serious season on the summits, so we've asked a panel of pros for some hard-won advice. From key kit to essential skills and safety, these tips should help keep you happy and healthy on the winter hills.

We're not lost, honest...  © Joby Waldman

Skills 10 Ways to Get Better at Map Reading

Peanmeanach Bothy on New Year's Day night.  © Ice Nine

bothy 10 Tips For a Winter Bothy Night

Trail shoes and mini gaiters on the Ramsay Round  © David Lintern

Expert Tips Walking Further and Faster

Going light montage  © Dan Bailey

Top Tips Lightweight Walking - Tips for Beginners


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 snow down the back of his neck – well, the man is Gaston Rébuffat, and this is the book for you, says Ronald Turnbull.

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 hidebound walking world with the shock of the new, recalls Ronald Turnbull. And the routes weren't half bad, either...

We've got no topo, but we do have this canned meat label...  © Felice Benuzzi
We've got no topo, but we do have this canned meat label...  © Felice Benuzzi

Mountain Literature Classics: No Picnic on Mount Kenya

To experience the real freedom of the mountains, you've just got to break out of a prison camp to get to them, says Ronald Turnbull, of this enduring account of DIY mountaineering from World War Two. With lockdown still in progress we can all...

Enjoying the view of Loweswater from the Wordsworth-approved end  © Ronald Turnbull
Enjoying the view of Loweswater from the Wordsworth-approved end  © Ronald Turnbull

Mountain Literature Classics: Wordsworth's Guide to the Lakes

Wandering lonely as a cloud had a practical spin-off, when the poet Wordsworth turned his hand to...

I passed about 1 million trees on my own Appalachian jaunt  © Ronald Turnbull
I passed about 1 million trees on my own Appalachian jaunt  © Ronald Turnbull

Mountain Literature Classics: Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods

This 'intensely self-mocking' account of how not to hike the Appalachian Trail leaves the reader in no...

My Climbs by Mummery montage  © Lily Bristow
My Climbs by Mummery montage  © Lily Bristow

Mountain Literature Classics: My Climbs in the Alps & Caucasus by Albert Mummery

This classic book is an exciting account of early Alpine ascents - and in that genre...

Tarns of Lakeland cover  © W Heaton Cooper
Tarns of Lakeland cover  © W Heaton Cooper

Mountain Literature Classics: The Tarns of Lakeland by W Heaton Cooper

In the difficult years either side of WW2 William Heaton Cooper produced three books of Lakeland...


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