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Where better to read it than out in the hills?  © Alex Roddie

Mountain Literature Classics: Mountains of the Mind

The first book by the prolific 'new nature' writer Robert Macfarlane qualifies as a modern classic of the genre, argues Alex Roddie

Saxifraga exarata taking advantage of the favourable conditions provided by a Silene acaulis cushion.  © Finan Rodinson

Alpine Plants - Diversity in the Face of Adversity

On the summit of Rhinog Fawr with my dog Bertie  © Graham Uney
On the summit of Rhinog Fawr with my dog Bertie  © Graham Uney

My Mountains - Graham Uney

Fell Top Assessor and instructor Graham Uney has climbed more hills than most - Helvellyn alone, hundreds of times. So which is his favourite, asks Fiona Russell?

BMC AGM 2019.  © Alex Messenger/BMC
BMC AGM 2019.  © Alex Messenger/BMC

Whither the BMC?

Ahead of the British Mountaineering Council AGM on 30th/31st March, Simon Lee takes stock of where our national body is currently and the direction in which it may be heading... Climbers and upland hillwalkers are very fortunate to have a strong and single national...

Boots McFarland thumb  © Geolyn Carvin
Boots McFarland thumb  © Geolyn Carvin

On the Trail With Boots McFarland

Based on the trail experiences of her creator Geolyn Carvin, Boots McFarland is an outdoor-loving cartoon character who has been hiking...

Hazel thumbnail  © Craig Allardyce
Hazel thumbnail  © Craig Allardyce

My Mountains - Munro Record Holder Hazel Strachan

Fiona Russell catches up with prolific Munro bagger Hazel Strachan, who has recorded a staggering 10 rounds - a female...

The cholitas reach the summit of Aconcagua.  © Cholitas Escaladoras de Bolivia Facebook Page
The cholitas reach the summit of Aconcagua.  © Cholitas Escaladoras de Bolivia Facebook Page

Interview Cholita Climber Lidia Huayllas on Summiting Aconcagua

We recently reported that a group of five Aymara indigenous women from Bolivia - known as cholitas...


Yorkshire running thumb  © Peter Ellwood

Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales

In his new book Trail and Fell Running in the Yorkshire Dales, author Peter Ellwood describes forty of the best runs in this fantastic and underrated area. Here are some of the highlights.

The Tolkienesque Álftavatn Valley resembles a scene from Middle Earth  © Purple Peak Adventures
The Tolkienesque Álftavatn Valley resembles a scene from Middle Earth  © Purple Peak Adventures

Trekking Iceland's Laugavegur Trail

The otherworldly volcanic landscapes of southern Iceland are home to the Laugavegur Trail, one of the world's classic trekking routes. Sharron Schwartz & Martin Critchley have written us a comprehensive guide

You forget how airy it feels in places...  © Dan Bailey
You forget how airy it feels in places...  © Dan Bailey

Classic Scramble - Striding Edge

Striding Edge minus snow - too easy to bother with? Dan Bailey revisits an old favourite, and is forced to think again.

Venus? No, the Cairn Gorm weather station  © Dan Bailey
Venus? No, the Cairn Gorm weather station  © Dan Bailey

Scotland's 10 Easiest Munro Days?

You'll find all kinds of terrain on Scotland's 3000-footers, from thrilling scrambles to gentle strolls. There may be more glamour in...

Ireland's mountains thumb  © Stephen McAuliffe
Ireland's mountains thumb  © Stephen McAuliffe

The Mountains of Ireland - A Bumper Guide

Ireland has some of the best hillwalking on the planet, but few walkers over here seem to know it. Danny Sercombe and Stephen...

anti atlas thumb  © David Wood
anti atlas thumb  © David Wood

Walks and Scrambles in Morocco's Anti Atlas

Previously the playground of rock climbers and mountain bikers, the Anti-Atlas has much to offer walkers too. David Wood,...

Watched by bemused onlookers, an ill-equipped party set off down the PYG track  © David Dear
Watched by bemused onlookers, an ill-equipped party set off down the PYG track  © David Dear

Accident Black Spots in the British Hills

Mountain mishaps can of course happen anywhere, but over the years certain locations have become notorious for accidents. With...


The classic Cosmiques Arête in the Mont Blanc Massif.  © Calum Muskett

altitude and acclimatisation High Altitude and Acclimatisation Part 1 - An Introduction

In the first of our four-part series on high altitude travel, Jamie Macdonald (high altitude...

It's just an exercise, but in a real incident a record of the casualty could make a big difference  © Will Legon
It's just an exercise, but in a real incident a record of the casualty could make a big difference  © Will Legon

rescue The Casualty Card - A Forgotten First Aid Tool

The ABCs may be the essential bedrock of first aid, but there's another simple tool that's often overlooked. Will Legon makes the case for the humble casualty card.

mag grid thumb  © UKHillwalking
mag grid thumb  © UKHillwalking

skills Magnetic North is Moving East - Here's How to Correct For It

We should all know the difference between magnetic north, the direction your compass points, and the grid lines on a map. In Britain we've always been able to correct for this in the same way - until now. Here's the latest advice from...

avalanche 2 montage  © Jack Geldard
avalanche 2 montage  © Jack Geldard

avalanche safety Avalanche Basics Part 2: Staying Safe

In part 1 of this series Mountaineering Instructor Mark Reeves looked at how avalanches occur; here in part 2 he suggests ways to assess the risk, spot the warning signs and stay out of trouble

Avalanche Goat Track Coire an Sneachda Feb 2011  © Mark Diggins
Avalanche Goat Track Coire an Sneachda Feb 2011  © Mark Diggins

Avalanche Basics Part 1: Anatomy of an Avalanche

From the still-evolving science behind them to tips on how best to avoid getting caught out, avalanches are a huge and complex subject. But even a little knowledge could be a life saver. In this two-part article Mountaineering Instructor Mark...

Fastpacking can take you to remote and inaccessible places - Barrisdale Bay, Knoydart  © Chris Councell

running Fastpacking - A Beginner's Guide

You don't want to add hypothermia to the list - get everyone in a group shelter  © Will Legon

rescue How to Save a Life With a Flapjack – Diabetes on the Hill

The best way to gain confidence at night? Get out there and do it  © Dan Bailey

skills Tips and Tricks for Navigating in the Dark

Winter boots montage  © Dan Bailey

Top Tips Ten Top Tips for Buying Winter Boots


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