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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 pace of running with the freedom of overnight backpacking. But just how minimal can you go? Norman Hadley experiments with a bumbag-only approach.


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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 car pa...

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...

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...

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...

Skills How to Prolong Your Phone's Battery Life Outdoors

Climbers and hillwalkers will be familiar with the outdoor equivalent of range anxiety - the fear that your...

Food Five Calorie-packed Home-made Hill Bakes

In terms of cost, nutrition, and taste, home-baked hill treats are leagues ahead of mass produced cereal bars and rubbery malt...

Winter 12 Tips and Tricks to Stay Warm Outdoors in Winter

Whether you're winter climbing, walking, or indulging in the ultimate masochism of a sub-zero camp, having all the...

Winter How to Navigate off Ben Nevis in Winter

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Packing for Wild Camping

UKC Gear Guide - Supported By Rab Packing for Winter Hillwalking

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Camping Ten Top Tips for Wild Camping

Whether you're out for a jolly with a group of friends or immersed in the wild on a soulful solo trip, camping up in the hills far from civilisation is one of life's essential experiences. As outdoor activities go this one is refreshingly simple and takes no special...

Sharpening up your Ice Tools

Most winters we can anticipate the usual spate of questions about sharpening the tips of axes and crampons on the UKC forums. In this article UKC regular Graham Gedge provides a basic guide to some do’s and don’ts on the subject, taking into account previous...

Advice for novices and would-be climbers

Have you thought "I'm terrified of heights" or "I'm not nearly strong enough to lift myself up by my arms"? We tell you why climbing isn't really that dangerous, and why you don't need to be able to do tons of pull-ups to be pretty good at it.

Make A Mountain First Aid Kit

Kath Wills is a member of the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team and a Recue Emergency Care (REC) first aid instructor. She runs Active First Aid in Snowdonia. Here, she advises what to put in a comprehensive general mountain first aid kit for a group of people...

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