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Pilley was one of the founders of the Pinnacle Club  © Dorothy Pilley

literature 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.


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Alison Hargreaves on Les Droites  © steve.aisthorpe

literature 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, says Ronald Turnbull.   

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning  © Laurie Lee
As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning  © Laurie Lee

literature 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 pre-Civil War Spain. His account is a beautiful book about a harsh journey, says Ronald Turnbull.

Eiger 1989 day 4: Below the Quartz Crack  © Robert Durran
Eiger 1989 day 4: Below the Quartz Crack  © Robert Durran

literature 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 snow down the back of his neck – well, the man is Gaston Rébuffat, and this is the book for you, says Ronald Turnbull.

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

literature 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...

We've got no topo, but we do have this canned meat label...  © Felice Benuzzi
We've got no topo, but we do have this canned meat label...  © Felice Benuzzi

literature Mountain Literature Classics: No Picnic on Mount Kenya

To experience the real freedom of the mountains, you've just got to break out of a prison camp to get to them,...

Enjoying the view of Loweswater from the Wordsworth-approved end  © Ronald Turnbull
Enjoying the view of Loweswater from the Wordsworth-approved end  © Ronald Turnbull

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Wordsworth's Guide to the Lakes

Wandering lonely as a cloud had a practical spin-off, when the poet Wordsworth turned his hand to...

I passed about 1 million trees on my own Appalachian jaunt  © Ronald Turnbull
I passed about 1 million trees on my own Appalachian jaunt  © Ronald Turnbull

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods

This 'intensely self-mocking' account of how not to hike the Appalachian Trail leaves the reader in no...

My Climbs by Mummery montage  © Lily Bristow
My Climbs by Mummery montage  © Lily Bristow

literature Mountain Literature Classics: My Climbs in the Alps & Caucasus by Albert Mummery

Tarns of Lakeland cover  © W Heaton Cooper
Tarns of Lakeland cover  © W Heaton Cooper

literature Mountain Literature Classics: The Tarns of Lakeland by W Heaton Cooper

The First Fifty  © Ronald Turnbull
The First Fifty  © Ronald Turnbull

literature Mountain Literature Classics: The First Fifty by Muriel Gray

Alex on Snowdon  © Alex Staniforth
Alex on Snowdon  © Alex Staniforth

Book Extract: Another Peak by Alex Staniforth

One man reading One Man's Mountains in the mountains  © Ronald Turnbull
One man reading One Man's Mountains in the mountains  © Ronald Turnbull

literature Mountain Literature Classics: One Man's Mountains by Tom Patey

Always a Little Further cover  © Ronald Turnbull
Always a Little Further cover  © Ronald Turnbull

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Always a Little Further by Alastair Borthwick

On his final summit, Scafell Pike  © James Forrest
On his final summit, Scafell Pike  © James Forrest

Book Extract: Mountain Man by James Forrest

Mountain Fiction thumb  © Vertebrate Publishing
Mountain Fiction thumb  © Vertebrate Publishing

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Fiction With Hills In

Natalie Berry and Chris Prescott enjoying the Frison-Roche on the Brévent  © Jan Geerts
Natalie Berry and Chris Prescott enjoying the Frison-Roche on the Brévent  © Jan Geerts

literature Roger Frison-Roche - First on the Rope

Reading Among the Lakes & Mountains among the lakes and mountains  © Ronald Turnbull
Reading Among the Lakes & Mountains among the lakes and mountains  © Ronald Turnbull

literature Mountain Literature Classics: Coleridge Among the Lakes & Mountains


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