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conservation Bringing Back the Birch Belt - Scotland's Lost Mountain Woodland

Natural woodland at high elevations has been regenerating for decades in Norway, while in Scotland it's almost extinct. But with help, Scotland's montane birch woods could be brought back to life, says Dr. Duncan Halley of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, briging climate benefits, and a natural and scenic diversity currently in short supply on Scotland's deer-ravaged moors. 

The Highs and Lows of COP26 - Mountains and Beyond

An exploration of the highs and lows of COP26 following two weeks in Glasgow covering mountain environments, outdoor industry issues, youth activism, climate justice and how you can help... Inside a plenary room named 'Cairn Gorm',...

10 People You'll Meet at Kendal Mountain Festival 2021

Following a brief online-only interlude last year, a physical Kendal Mountain Festival is on the horizon and another exciting line-up of films, events and festivities is on offer. The programme has expanded in scale and scope this year,...

Seeking the Sphinx - Scotland's Vanishing Snow Patches

Iain Cameron, snow-patch researcher and author of The Vanishing Ice, writes about the disappearance of...

Conservation Climate Pilgrims: On Foot to Glasgow

Of the thousands of climate activists who have flocked to COP26 in Glasgow, several groups came on foot. What makes the simple...

Bagging Bagging all the Munros in One Day

This August, members of Carnethy Hill Running Club collectively managed to climb all 282 Munros on a single day, becoming the...


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 miles? Running from Fort William to Aviemore, the East Highland Way is just as spectacular as its more popular f...

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 Forest.

Bagging International Prominence - hill bagging taken to extremes

Do Munros and Marilyns seem parochial? Some of the UK's more ambitious hill baggers have cross-border horizons: their objective, peaks of relative prominence throughout Europe, or even across the globe. Denise McLellan explains the...

The Big Routes Glen Lyon Watershed

At 121km, the round of the Glen Lyon hills takes in 17 Munros and 8 Corbetts, besides a lot of rough pathless walking far from...

Backpacking Six Days on the Cumbria Packraft Ultra

Two friends recently completed what they believe to be the first unsupported journey to link - and paddle - all 11 of the Lake...

The Big Routes Carn an Fhidhleir and An Sgarsoch

What these rolling Munros lack in scenic impact they make up for in remoteness and spacious scale. Dan Bailey...

The Big Routes Yorkshire Three Peaks

Everyone has heard of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, says Chris Scaife, and judging by the crowds almost everyone has walked it...


UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Wild Camping

Rachael Crewesmith runs through what to take overnight camping in the hills and where to pack it in the bag.

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Packing for Winter Hillwalking

Rachael Crewesmith talks through what she would pack for a day of winter hillwalking.

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Winter Gloves Explained

Rachael Crewesmith runs through the features to look out for on winter gloves and explains the differences between a general purpose winter glove and a climbing glove.

bothies Bothy Beginner? Here are the Do's and Don'ts

More storm-proof than a tent, cheaper than a hostel (they're free!), and loads more fun than a stuffy hotel, bothies can make for memorable nights out in the hills. Perhaps you're keen to give bothying a go, but not sure where to start? Check out...

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Different Types of Glove

Rachael Crewesmith and Rob Greenwood talk us through the overwhelming number of gloves on the market; from power stretch, wool, and waterproof, to burly winter and mountaineering models.

Gear Guide - Multi-Day Packs  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Multi-Day Packs

Gear Guide - Larger Packs  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab When To Use A Larger Pack

Gear Guide - Packs  © UKC

UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Choosing a rucksack and fitting it correctly

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UKC Gear Guide - supported by Rab Mid-Layers Explained


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 blokes. Plus one ground-breaking woman. Between 1848 and 1861, Queen Vic summited nine Munros, and her account of the outdoor life on the hills of...

In a White Out

"I ascended through deep snow with white above me, white below, white enveloping my every side, and with the white noise of the wind and the blood pulsing in my ears, I had entered what seemed like an ante-room between lives, in utero." David Canning tells the story behind...

Book Extract: Twisted Mountains by Tim Woods

Twisted Mountains is a collection of short stories set among the hills, each told in the voice of someone who has their own, sometimes unexpected, reason to be there. In this extract from the book two shifty characters evade the law in a remote...

Book Extract: On the Summit of Skye

A proper mountain top is, of course, one that you could fall off on any side. As the high point of the Cuillin, Sgurr Alasdair...

Mountain Literature Classics: Feeding the Rat

A lot of books came out of the mid-20th Century British climbing boom, including well-selling autobiographies of...

Mountain Literature Classics: The Ridiculous Mountains by GJF Dutton

Among mountaineering books, there are some that are fun – but only a select handful that are...

Mountain Literature Classics: Grasmere Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud… Except, he didn't. William Wordsworth had his sister Dorothy...


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