Time for warmth: we head north for the lowdown on insulation for the outdoors

Is down still the best material for insulating us in the UK's notoriously wet climate? PrimaLoft took us north to convince us otherwise...

30 October 2023

Presents in mind? Here’s the grough guide to outdoor festive stocking fillers

Christmas is fast approaching, and we’ve dialled the hotline to Santa to give you an informed view on a few last-minute stocking fillers for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.

06 December 2022

Lakeland mountain rescuers' drone exercise ends in unexpected incident

Richard Warren thinks drones represent the future of mountain rescue. He’s the chairman of the Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Associati...

05 April 2022

Ed Jackson, the 'lucky' quadriplegic who discovered alpine mountaineering

Ed Jackson says he is a lucky man. That may seem a strange statement from someone whose professional rugby career was abruptly cut short when he wa...

16 December 2021

Say hello to the South Pennines – a 'self-appointed' park

In 1945, as Britain began the return to peaceful normality after six years of carnage during the Second World War, the Labour government commissioned Sir Arthur Hobhouse to investigate the setting up of a range of national parks and protected landscapes.

14 September 2021

Review: Walking the Wainwrights, by Graham Uney

The author opens his book with a somewhat anticlimactic account of summiting Carrock Fell to complete his first round of all 214 fells detailed by renowned author and artist Alfred Wainwright.

29 July 2021

Following in Wainwright's footsteps, only faster: Brian Melia runs a record Pennine Journey

For 47 years a record of a man’s solitary walk on the spine of northern England lay unread by all except his closest acquaintances.

09 May 2021

Aim low: introducing The Huws, diminutive Welsh hills to pique your interest

Size, as they say, isn’t everything. Should we always be aiming high, heading for the loftiest peaks, or is there as much enjoyment to be gained fro...

01 March 2021

Ups and Downs – The Story of Handbook of the Scottish Hills

Some people like to ascend hills because they’re there; or because the view from the top is fantastic, perhaps.

18 June 2020

Michael Dewey: the man whose name graces a list of 426 hills

In November 2022, Michael Dewey, compiler of a list of 500m hills, died. Myrddyn Phillips, a fellow hill-list enthusiast and collaborator of Mr Dew...

29 December 2022

Mapping sleuth work uncovers Wales's unlikely 'last 2,000ft mountain'

Why do we climb hills and mountains? For some, following George Mallory’s quip ‘because it’s there’ is reason eno...

05 May 2022

To sunny Birmingham, for an indoor look at the wide world of the great outoors

And so to Birmingham, for an indoor taste of the outdoors. After weeks of blustery, wet weather, the sun was shining the sky devoid of cloud. But i...

27 March 2022

Interview: Nims Purja, the 'unknown' mountaineer who smashed the 8,000m peaks record

“I think this movie is going to replace Rocky IV.” Nirmal Purja is no shy, retiring violet. He was talking about the film 14 Peaks: Nothing is ...

25 November 2021

Surveying sleuth Myrddyn Phillips adds a new marilyn to hill-baggers' list

To non-hill-list baggers, the marilyns can seem a strange group. Conceived from a homonymous linking of Sir Hugh Munro’s list of Scottish 3,...

30 August 2021

Outdoor brands reveal new products as trade show resumes after two-year gap

The outdoor industry has taken its first tentative boot-shod steps to a kind of normality with the staging of a UK trade show, for the first time in two years.

18 July 2021

How an outdoor retailer survived lockdown: a service centre, a woman's eye and explainer videos

From Monday, people in England will be able to visit the hairdresser, have pint in a beer garden and enjoy the fun of a theme park.

09 April 2021

Review: Life of a Mountain Helvellyn by Terry Abraham

Terry Abraham’s ‘final love letter to the Lakes’ is a soaring, sprawling epic film capturing the Lake District national park’s most popular mountain and those who live, work and play around it, and who are drawn to the fell and its rocky challenges.

16 November 2020

Ingleborough Hall steps into the stretch zone for outdoor learning during lockdown

Activities at an outdoor education centre in the Yorkshire Dales came to an abrupt end with the onset of the Covid-19 crisis and its accompanying lockdown and social distancing.

29 April 2020


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