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Running A Race Against Time on the Coulin Hills

Pitting age and guile against youth and enthusiasm, Norman Hadley revisits two great hills in an under-appreciated highland area, taking on an unusual adversary.

Ladakh's Pursuit of Sustainability

In an industry marked by danger, trekkers must consider the safety and environmental credentials of their destination. Marianna Keen explores the gold standards under adoption in Ladakh and exposes its potential to be a sustainable player in th...

Backpacking In It For the Long Haul - Walking to Make Votes Matter

Over six days this June, members of the cross-party campaign for Proportional Representation, Make Votes Matter, walked from the Lake District to Preston, taking their lead from Suffragists of the last century. Chris Scaife joined them to...

Interview Lands End to John o' Groats With a Dog and a Sketchbook

When artist Jos Mahon set out with husband Bob and dog Barney on a 1300-mile journey, she carried paints and sketchbooks along with the usual backpacking gear. The idea was simple: Walk the length of Britain off-road, wild camping in...

Literature Trailblazing Mountaineering Women - Anne Lister and Ann Walker

Rebecca Batley profiles two trailblazing women in mountaineering: Anne Lister and Anne...

On The Path to Recovery

Sheena Hussain shares her story of discovering mountains as a Muslim woman and 'cancer thriver'. My first real...

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 -...


The Big Routes Lyke Wake Walk

Traditionally done as a 24-hour challenge, the Lyke Wake is one of the grittiest walks of Northern England, but one that may have fallen out of fashion. Chris Scaife takes on this infamous 64km traverse of the North York Moors, and revels in th...

The Big Routes Cairngorm 4000ers

It's one of the greatest walking days in Scotland, on hills unmatched for scale and arctic grandeur; but however familiar you might be with it, the round of the Cairngorm giants is no pushover, as Dan Bailey discovers. 

The Big Routes Walking the Mourne Wall

Lizzie Enfield completes the Mourne Wall walk, a classic 35km circuit following the famous stone wall over 15 spectacular granite peaks, including Northern Ireland's highest.

Bagging Climbing the Kents, England's 1000-Foot Hills

After nine years of research, keen hillwalker Jeff Kent has compiled the first complete list of England's...

Trekking How to Hike the Gran Paradiso's Alta Via 2

Cecilia Mariani enjoys a lesser-known but stunning long-distance Alpine trail, running through Italy's idyllic Gran Paradiso...

Scrambling Classic Scramble - A Beinn Eighe Link-up

Starting with a remote and exciting slab, and finishing with an airy ridge, a scrambling circuit of Beinn Eighe's eastern end...

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...


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...

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

The outdoors may be free, but all the incidentals soon mount up. Where best to trim a bit of that spend? Professional skinflint Fliss Freeborn offers some well-tested cost-cutting tips, from rocking the second hand gear to dossing in the...

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 distance walking has as much to do with attitude as the stuff you carry. Veteran hiker Louisa Rogers shares insights gained over a...

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...

A winter night is imminent. Now wouldn't be a great time for your phone to die   © Dan Bailey

Skills How to Prolong Your Phone's Battery Life Outdoors

Home-baked hill treats are just so much better  © Dan Bailey

Food Five Calorie-packed Home-made Hill Bakes

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


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 wonder of the hills to...

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.

Health Lyme Disease - What You Need to Know

Think you know all you need to about ticks and Lyme disease? Think again, says John Burns. In this episode of his Outside In podcast, expert Julia Knight from Lyme Disease UK debunks some common misconceptions, and offers useful advice on tick bite...


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 that he's doing it without money, relying on the kindness of strangers to put a few bob in an old sock. And the other difference? He's our f...

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, who died in May, went further than any. Her first book, an account of that solo journey by bike from Ireland to India, is a story of...

Mountain Literature Classics: the Alpine Drawings of Samivel

Ronald Turnbull is carried to an idealised alpine age by the mountain drawings of French cartoonist Samivel, in his book Sous L'Oeil des Choucas, ou Les plaisirs de l'alpinisme (under the eye of the chough, or the pleasures of...

Mountain Literature Classics: The Shining Mountain

Forty years ago this month, Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker died on Everest. Written by Boardman, with additions from...

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...

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...

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...


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