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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 time? We speak to three recent record breakers: Math Roberts, who set an impressive new time on the Paddy Buckley Round; Finlay Wild, who's knocked 90 minutes from the Ramsay Round; and James Forrest, on the fastest self-supported backpacking circuit of the Wainwrights.  

Eating disorders montage shot  © Abbie Robinson

Eating Disorders: Being More Open in the Outdoors

"For me the Bob Graham wasn't just about the route, it was about going for a prestigious record" - Beth Pascall  © Sam Bénard
"For me the Bob Graham wasn't just about the route, it was about going for a prestigious record" - Beth Pascall  © Sam Bénard

Interview Beth Pascall on her Bob Graham Record

On 24th July, Beth Pascall broke the fastest known female time on the Bob Graham in the Lake District. Beth clocked in at 14:34:26, taking 50 minutes off the previous record set by Jasmin Paris. Beth's was not only a women's record, but the 4th...

Lorraine McCall Corbett-eering on the Rois-bheinn range  © Dan Bailey
Lorraine McCall Corbett-eering on the Rois-bheinn range  © Dan Bailey

Bagging Climbing the Corbetts - Harder than the Munros?

They may be smaller than the 3000-foot-plus Munros, but Corbetts yield nothing in ruggedness, quality and challenge. What's so special about Scotland's other great hill list, and what's it like to tick off all 222? We speak to three people who've...

Dexamethasone - a drug making headway in treating the worst-affected COVID-19 patients.  © Tom Newberry
Dexamethasone - a drug making headway in treating the worst-affected COVID-19 patients.  © Tom Newberry

Coronavirus Dexamethasone - The Mountain Drug Leading the Way against COVID-19

A recent trial widely reported in the mainstream media claims that dexamethasone - a drug...

Yeamans come in all sizes, locations and characters, from the remote drama of peaks like Beinn Dearg Mor...  © Myrddyn Phillips
Yeamans come in all sizes, locations and characters, from the remote drama of peaks like Beinn Dearg Mor...  © Myrddyn Phillips

Bagging Ups and Downs – The Story of Handbook of the Scottish Hills

Eric Yeaman's Handbook of the Scottish Hills was one of the most influential hill lists ever produced,...

Zahrah Mahmood montage  © Zahrah Mahmood
Zahrah Mahmood montage  © Zahrah Mahmood

Interview Surmounting Stereotypes with Zahrah Mahmood, the Hillwalking Hijabi

As a practising Muslim woman, Zahrah Mahmood is in a conspicuous minority on the hills,...


Striding out towards Blencathra from Bowscale Fell  © Rosie Robson

The Big Routes Old Crown Round, a Circuit of the Northern Fells

In contrast to the bustle of the central Lakes, the far northern fells have a remote and expansive feel, and solitude is easy to find. Rosie Robson and pals make a huge lap of the lot, including Blencathra, Skiddaw and loads more besides, start...

The Bidean range from the descent off Aonach Eagach  © John Fleetwood
The Bidean range from the descent off Aonach Eagach  © John Fleetwood

Running The Kingshouse Round - A New Classic Challenge?

Up for a test? Does the famous Glen Coe skyline race seem just a bit short? John Fleetwood's extended circuit of the area adds plenty more ground. Covering the Black Mount, the Glen Etive hills, and both sides of Glen Coe, this 51-mile...

On the border ridge, flagstones have tamed some of the bogs... after a fashion  © Alan James
On the border ridge, flagstones have tamed some of the bogs... after a fashion  © Alan James

One Minute Mountain The Cheviot

Alex Roddie heads to the rolling high point of the Cheviots, looking for a place called the Bizzle.

Sunset on the summit of Beinn Airigh Charr  © James Roddie
Sunset on the summit of Beinn Airigh Charr  © James Roddie

The Big Routes South Letterewe Ridge

The chain of peaks between Loch Maree and the wild interior of Fisherfield can be linked in a stunning long traverse. James...

Feeling a bit strung out on my final summit  © John Fleetwood
Feeling a bit strung out on my final summit  © John Fleetwood

Running Around the Rough Bounds of Ardgour and Moidart

Ultra distance fiend John Fleetwood takes on a monster round through the uncompromising wilds flanking Loch Shiel - a...

Morning on the Dubh Slabs   © Dan Bailey
Morning on the Dubh Slabs   © Dan Bailey

Scrambling Classic Scramble - The Dubh Ridge

With acres of perfect slabs in a stunning island location, the Dubh Ridge isn't only one of the longest rock climbs in the UK, but...

Skiddaw at sunrise  © Johnhi
Skiddaw at sunrise  © Johnhi

One Minute Mountain Skiddaw

With its distinctive soft curves, and unmissable size, Skiddaw is a fell of stature and bearing, the ever-present backdrop to bustling...


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...

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

Running Route Planning for Trail Runners

Self sufficiency is the essence of hill running, and it starts with sound planning. Those from a walking background may not appreciate the different considerations involved when planning a run rather than a walk, while runners used to waymarked trails and...

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

Cold winds  © johnhenderson

Skills Wind in the Mountains


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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