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Film review: Alan Hinkes – the First Briton to Climb the World’s Highest Mountains, by Terry Abraham

Terry Abraham's lastest work turns the lens on the often light-hearted approach of the record-breaking British mountaineer who has nonethless stared death in the face.

18 October 2017

In search of the holy grail in a snow globe with Montane's Icarus jacket and PrimaLoft ThermoPlume

It’s a cool, breezy day on Tyneside and on Newcastle’s Exhibition Park’s lake the resident swans are doing what swans do: swimming around with a passing glower at the gathering of visitors on its shores.

08 October 2017

Review: The Top 500 Summits, by Barry K Smith

The number of hill lists seems to grow every year. Here’s another. It’s actually surprising that no-one has come up with this particular one be...

08 July 2017

Review: There is no Map in Hell, by Steve Birkinshaw

When Alfred Wainwright began writing his celebrated series of Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, little could he have imagined that, 31 years later, the mountains he described would become the subject of one of the toughest running challenges in Britain.

01 May 2017

Blue-light callout interrupts training as Calder Valley rescuers hone their skills

The radio hisses into life: “Be prepared for a live rescue. Stand by.” Within seconds, men and women begin gathering their equipment and repack...

13 April 2017

Tears, triumphs and terrors: Terry Abraham reveals his path to mountain film success

Terry Abraham is currently riding high. His second major film in a trilogy of portraits of Lake District mountains aired on BBC Four for the first ...

14 February 2017

Meet the men who climb a Lake District mountain every winter day – for your safety

As thoughts turn to turkey and mince pies with the approach of Christmas, spare a thought for the man who will be pulling on his boots on Christmas Day to make the ascent of England’s third highest mountain, no matter what the weather.

10 December 2016

Hill sleuths celebrate 'birthday' with news of three new hill classifications

A pair of hill sleuths who set up G&J Surveys, which made a hobby of measuring the heights of hills and mountains, are celebrating the outfit's tenth birthday.

17 November 2016

Review: Chris Bonington Mountaineer

Sir Chris’s remarkable life of adventure is brought up-to-date in this new edition of an autobiography first published in 1989.

06 November 2016

The death of mountaineering? One climber's view of the recent British Mountaineering Council turmoil

In April 2017, a group of members of the British Mountaineering Council, the representative organisation for climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers in England and Wales, tabled a motion of no confidence in its executive committee.

09 October 2017

Review: Camra’s Wild Pub Walks by Daniel Neilson

There has long been an affinity between the hillwalker and the pub. What better way to round off a hard day on the fells than a couple of pints in a w...

30 July 2017

Adventurer Paul Rose reveals his 'beautiful secret' Yorkshire Wolds Way in BBC show

He has been attacked by a polar bear; had an Antarctic peak named after him and spends much of his life diving below remote ocean waters, but adventurer Paul Rose has found himself hooked on a little visited walking route in northern England.

10 May 2017

BMC president Rehan Siddiqui drops bomshell decision on members at annual meeting

The sun shone brightly on the Snowdonia mountains surrounding the national mountain sports centre at Plas y Brenin, but inside a packed meeting room the atmosphere threatened to be stormy.

23 April 2017

Review: Annandale Way, by Roger Turnbull and Jacquetta Megarry

This latest addition to Rucksack Readers’ range is a guide to this gentle trail, which leads walkers from a river’s source to its meeting with the sea.

18 February 2017

The outdoors in 2016: take a look back at a year of amazing events

The year 2016 was a momentous one for world events, with political upheavals, continuing conflicts and uncertainty characterising a period of historic happenings  that upset many established institutions.

28 December 2016

What happens after that 999 call? Mountain accident survivors tell their tales

Every year, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts head for the UK’s uplands for the thrills to be had from hillwalking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing and all those other activities that provide an adrenaline rush and the escape from the humdrum modern life for a few hours.

29 November 2016

Review: Risking Life and Limb

This history of the north Wales team, written by Mountain Rescue magazine editor Judy Whiteside, was produced to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bryn Poeth-based volunteers.

10 November 2016

Britain gains a new mountain as new model pushes Calf Top over the mark – by 6mm

A trio of hill sleuths were disappointed when, after extensive measurements of a Yorkshire Dales peak found it just failed to measure up to the 2,000ft mark – a generally accepted height for a mountain.

06 September 2016

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