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War in Ukraine Beyond the Front Lines, Ukrainian Mountaineer aids War Effort

One of Ukraine's most-celebrated mountaineers - currently seeking asylum in the UK - explains how climbing has helped with the tough choices forced upon him by the war. 'We can prepare for the mountains. In a war, you never know where the next rocket will explode.' It was 2:09 p.m. on 26 July 2021 when Valentyn Sypavin found the body. He remembers the exact time, because as soon as he realised that the yellow piece of fabric he'd uncovered in the snow was a dead man's jacket, he turned on his camera to document the find. In the photo of his watch that he later posted online, Sypavin's position was clearly visible: 7,995m above sea-level, high above Camp Four on K2. 

History at a Height - Mountain Petroglyphs in Guyana

Alex Outhwaite visits a little-known petroglyph site on Barawatau Mountain, Guyana.

Interview Chris the Coast Walker - 11,000 Miles Round Britain

Between July 2020 and March 2022 Chris Howard spent most days on his feet, walking more than 11,000 miles around the coastline of Great Britain. From sandy beaches to concrete promenades, industrial wastelands to remote clifftops, what...

Earth Day 2022: Climate Change and Mountains - The Latest Science

Earlier this year, the UN's climate change panel, the IPCC, released the second part of its 6th Assessment report, titled Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability. This Earth Day, we're sharing the key...

Destination "Too high and totally undeveloped"- Classic Tripadvisor Summit Reviews

Daft online reviews occasionally make it into the mainstream media, and they don't get much...

An Environmental History of Mountain Recreation

Environmental historian Amanda Vestergaard outlines some of the key ways mountaineering, climbing,...

War In Ukraine The Ukrainian Mountain Assault Brigade Fighting on the Front Lines

The 128th Separate Mountain Assault Transcarpathian Brigade is one of the most...


Destination Hillwalking in Wild West Texas

In Spring 2022, Munroist Ian Robertson went to the desert hills of west Texas in search of something a bit different, and ended up having one of the best trips of his 30-year hillwalking career.

Backpacking The Skye Trail - Walking to the end of the world

Passing beneath the Cuillin, and following the crest of the mighty Trotternish Ridge right out to the far-flung point of Rubha Hunish, the 128km Skye Trail is among the most spectacular long distance routes in Britain, says Cecilia Mariani.

Running Mike Coppock, FKT on the Haute Route Pyrenees

In September 2021, Mike Coppock ran the fastest known time on the Haute Route Pyrenees, completing the classic 750km route solo and self-supported over 12 days. High mountain terrain and hefty daily distance and ascent made for a gruelling...

Winter Snowshoeing in Lagorai - Italy's Alpine Wilderness

In the shadow of the world famous Dolomites lies a lesser-known range, one of the wildest and least developed in the...

Classic Winter Beinn Alligin Traverse

Whether you're a seasoned climber, or a hillwalker taking early steps into winter mountaineering, this airy but accessible...

Backpacking Walking the East Highland Way

Most people will be familiar with the West Highland Way, but did you know it's possible to continue in similar style for another 82...

Classic Winter Fuar Tholl and Sgorr Ruadh

James Roddie strikes it lucky with the weather, on an epic snowy day in the impressive and under-appreciated Coulin...


Skills 15 Lessons From 50 Years of Backpacking

Whether you're backpacking in the wild, or enjoying the comforts of Alpine huts or Himalayan guesthouses, successful long...

boats Packrafting in Scotland - All You Need to Know

Lighter and more packable than a conventional boat, yet seaworthy and durable enough to be used safely on open water, packrafts make it possible to enjoy amphibious journeys combining walking with paddling. With so many lochs and rivers, the...

access Safe Access on MOD Land

Military training including live firing takes place in many upland and coastal areas popular with walkers and climbers. The rules on accessing MOD land are strict, but so long as appropriate precautions are taken the danger can be easily managed. Lizzie Enfield...

Skills How to Prolong Your Phone's Battery Life Outdoors

Climbers and hillwalkers will be familiar with the outdoor equivalent of range anxiety - the fear that your phone battery will run out before journey's end. These tips and tricks from Rachel Koktava should help you keep your phone going for...

Food Five Calorie-packed Home-made Hill Bakes

In terms of cost, nutrition, and taste, home-baked hill treats are leagues ahead of mass produced cereal bars and rubbery malt loaf, insists Fliss Freeborn. Try these easy recipes and we're sure you'll agree. 

Winter is fun...  © Fliss Freeborn

winter 12 Tips and Tricks to Stay Warm Outdoors in Winter

You can't necessarily rely on being able to follow (or even see) the cairns  © Dan Bailey

winter How to Navigate off Ben Nevis in Winter

Gear Guide - Packing for Wild Camping  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Wild Camping

Gear Guide - Packing for Winter Hillwalking  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Winter Hillwalking


Mountain Air 5. Sarah Douglas on Solo Summits and Camping Cockups

In this episode of Mountain Air we meet highlands-based writer Sarah Jane Douglas, author of the well-received memoir Just Another Mountain. A hill-mad Munroist who's now avidly working through the Corbetts, Sarah is also a regular contributor ...

Mountain Air 4. Renan Ozturk on the Sanctity of Space

Dan Aspel meets Colorado-based climber Renan Ozturk to discuss his latest film The Sanctity of Space. The film not only celebrates the stunning landscapes of Alaska, and the film-makers' aesthetic new skyline route across the Moose's Tooth peak, but...

Mountain Air 3. Keri Wallace on Girls in the Hills

In the third episode of our Mountain Air podcast, Dan Aspel talks with Glen Coe-based runner and climber Keri Wallace, co-founder of Girls on Hills, the UK's only guided hill running company aimed specifically at women. Why are so many female runners...


Mountain Literature Classics: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Told first in a book, and later a movie, the story will be familiar - the hiker trapped in a nightmare scenario, who severs his own arm and lives to hike another day. But what went through his mind on the way to that extremity? And was he alway...

Mountain Literature Classics: The Playground of Europe by Leslie Stephen

If not for this wordy celebration of early alpinism, published in 1871, the sport of mountaineering might have gone the way of squeak-piggy-squeak, muses Ronald Turnbull.

Mountain Literature Classics: 1996 Everest Disaster Trilogy

The 1996 Everest season saw the worst loss of life on the mountain to that date, as large guided parties were caught in a storm at extreme altitude. Three bestselling books were written by survivors, Into Thin Air, The Climb, and Left for...

Mountain Literature Classics: South by Sir Ernest Shackleton

As an Antarctic expedition reports finding the wreck of Shackleton's lost ship Endurance, complete with...

Mountain Literature Classics: Space Below my Feet by Gwen Moffat

For a climbing book, there's surprisingly little climbing in Space Below My Feet, says Ronald...

Mountain Literature Classics: Mountains with a Difference by Geoffrey Winthrop Young

One of the leading British mountaineers of the early 20th Century, Winthrop Young...

Mountain Literature Classics: Queen Victoria's Highland Journal

Back in the 1850s, going up Scottish mountains for fun was an activity for a handful of eccentric...


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