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Feature HERSTORY 1 - ORIGINS: The surprising origins of women's mountaineering - 1770-1830

Anna Fleming profiles four women from the archives of climbing history, and gives us a glimpse into the origins of women in mountaineering.

Opinion The Hot Tent - the opposite of fast, light, and miserable

Tents and fire don't mix... or can they? With a switch from fast and light to slow and luxurious, it's possible to enjoy secluded spots in warmth and comfort. As the long nights of winter approach, John Burns (let's hope it's not a case of nomi...

Interview Good things in small packages - Anne Butler on Bagging the Grahams

The 2000-foot Grahams may lack the headline appeal of Munros or even Corbetts, but this Scottish hill list deserves to be a lot more popular, says Anne Butler, a super-bagger who's done rounds of all three. We caught up...

Coronation Coincidence: Everest 1953 and Queen Elizabeth II

On 2 June 1953, Queen Elizabeth II was coronated. As crowds lined the procession route to Westminister Abbey in the rain, news rang out over a loudspeaker that the first ascent of Everest had finally been completed on 29 May by two...

The Melting Border

In this extract from 'The Edge of the Plain: How Borders Make and Break Our World', James Crawford travels in search of the Grafferner...

Meet Ralph, the First Canine Compleatist of the Grahams

When Ralph completed all 219 mountains on the 'Grahams' list on Creag Ghuanach in July, he...

Interview Lauren Johnson - Winner (and Record Breaker) of the Montane Summer Spine Challenger

Just two years after she first found a love for hill running, Lauren...


Best Horrible Hills for Halloween

Hard to believe it's Halloween again. Why not give the trick or treating and tooth decay a miss this year and creep yourself out up a hill at midnight instead? Here are some suitably spooky spots...

Stag Spotting in Lakeland

Norman Hadley enjoys an annual autumn foray into the secluded valley of Martindale, where red deer vastly outnumber humans, and the seasonal rut is in full swing.

No Rope, No Car, No Problem: Via Ferratas and Trails in Southeastern Europe

Amanda Vestergaard writes about a pared-down but nonetheless enjoyable adventure in Italy and Slovenia, with some hints and tips for following in her footsteps.  OK hear me out… what if… we leave...

Bagging Scotland's Greatest Corbetts - A Top 20

You'll hear a lot of good things about Munros, but it's sometimes claimed the Corbetts are equally spectacular. So how true is...

Mini Mini Guide: The Galloway Hills

Though it's got more lakes than the Lakes, more goats than Goatfell, and hill names as gnarly as the granite summits, it's also one of...

The Big Routes Across Dartmoor in a Day

Infamous for its bogs and tricky navigation, the north-south crossing of Dartmoor is no pushover, says Dan Bailey; but this is...

Children Hut to Hut in the Tyrol - A Family Adventure

Walking with kids doesn't have to mean thinking small. Keri Wallace finds the perfect child-friendly three-day objective...


Top Tips Are We Nearly There Yet? - Tips for Walking With Kids

Hillwalking with children can be a fantastic experience for the whole family - but as every new parent soon finds...

Skills Snail's Pace: Coping With Being the Slowest Person on the Hill

It can be demoralising if your walking buddies always leave you for dust, but for the faster walker it's hard not to get frustrated too. Often at the rear herself, though never backward in coming forward, Fliss Freeborn suggests coping...

Top Tips Autumn Walking

More than just a transition period taking us from trainers to crampons, the next few months should be some of the best on the hills. But you'll need to sharpen up. Winter is just around the corner, so now's the time to dig out warm clothing, add an extra headtorch, and tighten...

Skills 12 Ways to Save Cash on Outdoor Gear

As the cost of living continues to soar, we're all looking to limit spending. To help make a modest dent in the outdoor budget, Tom Ripley shares some ideas for everyday items that might do in place of more expensive branded gear. 

backpacking Fastpacking - Without a Pack

Whether or not you're reconciled to the term 'fastpacking', there's an undeniable attraction to the ethos, which combines the light-footed pace of running with the freedom of overnight backpacking. But just how minimal can you go? Norman Hadley experiments with a...

May not be as midge-free as the pub, but it's a darn sight cheaper  © Fliss Freeborn

Skills Channel Your Inner Dirtbag: How to Save Money in the Outdoors

Clearly the author has never cared about glam clothing  © Barry Evans

Skills 15 Lessons From 50 Years of Backpacking

Setting out from Slattadale for a packraft tour of Loch Maree and Fionn Loch  © Robert Taylor

boats Packrafting in Scotland - All You Need to Know


Mountain Air 8. J. Robert Harris on a Lifetime of Adventure

Dan Aspel tracks down the irrepressible New Yorker J. Robert Harris, veteran of dozens of backpacking journeys around the world. "When I first saw grass, I tried to smoke it" he recalls. So what drove a kid from the inner city projects to embar...

Mountain Air 7. Precarious Freedom and the Cape Wrath Trail, with David Lintern

Dan Aspel speaks with the multi-talented highlands-based journalist David Lintern about his new Cape Wrath Trail book Thunder Road, the insecurity and rewards of a portfolio career in the outdoors, and learning to use the...

Mountain Air 6. Rob Woodall, Britain's Greatest Peak Bagger?

From Munros to Marilyns, TUMPs to Ultras, Dan Aspel meets a man with perhaps more summits on his CV than anyone else in the country... if not the world.


Mountain Literature Classics: Conquistadors of the Useless by Lionel Terray

This autobiography from one of the great postwar French alpinists is a bit like a high altitude expedition, says Ronald Turnbull - some rough going, some boring bits, and some surprising airy arêtes.

Mountain Literature Classics: Mont Blanc, Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni

Written in 1816, Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem is crucial not just to an understanding of English Romanticism, says Ronald Turnbull - it also hints at how mountains came to matter to so many of us today. And it's not half...

Mountain Literature Classics: A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush

In the mid 20th Century it wasn't real travel, says Ronald Turnbull, without danger, extreme discomfort, and exotic diseases. There's plenty of all three in this self-mocking but entirely introspection-free tale of amateur...

Mountain Literature Classics: Walking with Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that no young woman, of eighteen or twenty summers, may attain the rôle...

Mountain Literature Classics: Walking Home by Simon Armitage

A man walking down the Pennine Way from Kirk Yetholm to Edale. The difference, says Ronald Turnbull, is...

Mountain Literature Classics: Full Tilt by Dervla Murphy

Several great writers share the simple plotline of 'cross the Channel and just keep going' but Dervla Murphy,...

Mountain Literature Classics: the Alpine Drawings of Samivel

Ronald Turnbull is carried to an idealised alpine age by the mountain drawings of French cartoonist...


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