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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 doubt, says Ronald Turnbull - long distance walking is the opposite of fun.


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My Climbs by Mummery montage  © Lily Bristow

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

This classic book is an exciting account of early Alpine ascents - and in that genre it's possibly supreme, says Ronald Turnbull. But there's more to it than that...

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

In the difficult years either side of WW2 William Heaton Cooper produced three books of Lakeland paintings. The Tarns of Lakeland is the real masterpiece, says Ronald Turnbull.

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

literature Mountain Literature Classics: The First Fifty by Muriel Gray

Ronald Turnbull relishes this irreverent account of Munro bagging without a beard.

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

Book Extract: Another Peak by Alex Staniforth

In 2017 Alex Staniforth made the fastest continuous round of the UK's 100 county high points, battling anxiety, depression...

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

It's a mess of a book, says Ronald Turnbull, but this posthumous collection from one of climbing's most...

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

Great mountain writing doesn't have to involve great mountains, says Ronald Turnbull, and this...

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

Book Extract: Mountain Man by James Forrest

Nicknamed 'Mountain Man' by the Sunday Telegraph, James Forrest climbed all 446 mountains in England and Wales in just six...

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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