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.
Our customary look-back at the past year provides a mix of triumph and controversy; tragedy and humour, with a few heroic acts.
Outdoor retailer Blacks today announced plans to raise more than £20m to finance the opening of 35 new stores.
The acquisition of failed outdoors retailer Blacks Leisure dented profits for the company that now owns it.
Struggling High Street outdoor retailers Blacks Leisure has managed to reduce its losses but warned trading conditions remain difficult.