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How I cheated death after a fall on an icy Lake District mountainside

Paul Besley broke his skull, leg, ankle and shoulder when he fell while winter walking. Here's how he survived and how you could if the worst happened...

25 February 2015

Lake District boss speaks out over zip wires, cuts and the importance of paying to park

He’s in charge of England’s biggest national park; he’s a big fan of the outdoors and adventurous activities; and he’s no stranger to conflict.

15 January 2015

Sir Chris Bonington at 80: life, death and close scrapes

The elder statesman of British mountaineering clocked up 80 years in August. Sir Chris Bonington celebrated his eight decades on this earth by repe...

21 December 2014

Hill sleuths attempt to get to bottom of confusion on Snowdon's height

Have you ever wondered why Scotland and England’s highest mountains are blessed by two summit heights on Ordnance Survey maps.

13 October 2014

Hill sleuth Myrddyn goes in search of the 'missing' Berwyn mountain

More than 25 years ago a party of 20 people from the Retired People’s Club were walking on the Berwyn Mountains in northern Mid Wales.

29 June 2014

Changes afoot as Mountain Training launches novices' hillwalking courses

Big changes are afoot in the world of mountain training. As the organisation that oversees mountaineering qualifications in the UK enters its 50th ...

03 March 2014

The great outdoors in 2013: our look back at the events of the year

This year turned out to be as eventful as ever, with the triumphs of Kenton Cool's amazing Everest Three Peaks and other super-fit athletes' record-breaking feats countered by deaths and injuries in the outdoors, our constant reminder that there is no escaping the risks we face whenever we pull on our boots and waterproofs.

30 December 2013

Comment: council takes wrong approach to Peak District rights of way

Recent changes to rights of way in the Peak District have got mountain bikers hot under the helmet. Here, in his opinion piece, writer, climbe...

17 October 2013

Review: Tom Weir an Anthology

Tom Weir was one of Scotland’s enduring outdoor characters, producing the My Month feature in the Scots Magazine and then presenting Weir’s Way on television.

15 September 2013

Into the hot seat: new boss Gordon Watson's vision for the Lomond national park

The man in the hot seat at Scotland’s first national park has told grough why he thinks the controversial proposals to ban camping on many of its loch shores are vital to conserve the environment of the park.

03 February 2015

The outdoors year in view: our look back at the events of 2014

The year just ending was eventful as ever, with triumph, tragedy and the odd bit of comedy as outdoors fans took to the UK countryside and further afield.

31 December 2014

British Mountaineering Council pledges: we'll do more for hillwalkers

The organisation that represents mountaineers, climbers and hillwalkers in England and Wales says it is determined to do more to represent the walking section of its membership.

23 November 2014

Review: Yorkshire's Three Peaks by Mike Appleton

Yorkshire’s Three Peaks – the Inside Story of the Dales by Mike Appleton Mike Appleton’s book charts a chatty tour round the 24 miles of the Yorkshire Three Peaks route, not in the familiar 12-hour dash, but in a leisurely stroll completed over a period of months, talking to the people who live and work in the area and who visit this popular corner of the national park.

14 August 2014

Review: The John Muir Way guidebook

Scotland’s newest long-distance trail is due to open on 21 April. First Minister Alex Salmond will attend the official event to mark the creation of...

30 March 2014

Review: The West Yorkshire Moors by Christopher Goddard

The South Pennines are sandwiched between two national parks, the Peak District to the South and the Yorkshire Dales to the North, and could be viewed as the poor relation in this Pennine triumvirate.

01 March 2014

Outdoor boss warns UK industry of gathering storm over waterproofing chemicals

The boss of one of the outdoor industry’s best known brands has warned that companies face a storm of adverse publicity over chemicals used in waterproofing clothing.

17 December 2013

Review: Alan Hinkes, 8000 Metres – Climbing the World’s Highest Mountains

The death zone is generally held to start about 8,000m up, where the atmosphere is so thin, the protection from solar radiation so sparse, that each hour spent there means you die a little.

08 October 2013

Mountaineer Alan Hinkes: K2 'nearly as impressive as Roseberry Topping'

The only Briton to have made it to the summit of the world’s 14 highest mountains is close to realising a long-term project: a photographic account of all his 8,000m ascents.

26 July 2013

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