The year provided plenty of outdoor adventures, not least provided by Mother Nature herself, as exceptional weather became the norm.
'Sheepwrecked fells', a porcupine, octupus and bottled vole: the outdoors can be a surprising place...
As the decade which seems to have become known as the noughties packed its bags and prepared for the trip into history, its final days had a familiar ring: winter catching out climbers and walkers, with tragic consequences..
Here's grough's look over the shoulder at 12 months' of outdoor action...
Our rearward glance at a news-packed 2012 includes, as always, tragedy as well as uplifting stories of the great outdoors, and a few oddities.
In the slovenly hiatus between Santa’s return north and the alcoholic debauchery of the New Year, journalists traditionally have a problem: how to fill the space on their various publications when, well, not much happens..