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Grough's great big guide to Christmas gift ideas for the outdoor fan

We've scoured the outdoor world for suggestions for innovative festive presents for the mad-keen outdoor enthusiast in your life..

09 December 2019

Hill sleuth Myrddyn Phillips's border research suggests Wales should shrink a little

A Welshman who is a keen hillwalker and amateur surveyor believes research demonstrates his home nation should shrink a little and England could be expanded.

06 March 2019

Hill sleuths' survey reveals true values of Snowdonia peak Foel Penolau

Many hillgoers will be aware of some of the ways of classifying the UK’s peaks – the best known probably the 282 Scottish munros.

05 December 2018

Kendal Mountain Festival: big names mingle with big crowds as event grows

For a few days in late autumn, the genteel Cumbrian market town of Kendal sees its population swell as hordes of waterproof-clad types roam up and down its main street and cluster around a collection of marquees to participate in the annual ritual that is the town’s mountain festival.

20 November 2018

Thinking of heading up Tryfan? Read this first

Tryfan’s shapely profile beckons the visitor from its commanding position right next to Thomas Telford’s Holyhead Road as it sweeps through the western reaches of Snowdonia.

28 June 2018

Patagonia: the campaigns go on as company nears $1bn milestone

At the heart of our love of the outdoors is a conundrum. Whether you’re a walker, climber, mountain biker, paddler or ski-tourer, you want the be...

26 March 2018

Review: Trails with Tales – intriguing walks round Leighton Moss, Silverdale and Arnside, by Beth and Steve Pipe

Thousands of people speed past this area of outstanding natural beauty as they head north to the fells of the Lake District, but for the authors, the area between Carnforth and Arnside is a special place they made their home after moving from Hampshire several years ago.

10 December 2017

The great big grough guide to Christmas gifts for your outdoor fan

Christmas is fast approaching and the outdoor enthusiast’s thoughts might well be turning to those little gadgets and gear that may enhance his or her excursions into the hills and countryside of the UK and farther afield.

04 December 2017

Film review: Bonington – Mountaineer

As Sir Chris Bonington ‘creaks’ along in his eighth decade, this film by Keith Partridge and Brian Hall offers not just a retrospective on a long career but also on an era of mountaineering that is unlikely ever to be seen again.

20 November 2017

Winter comes to Lakeland as three felltop assessors gear up for a new season

December marks the beginning of meteorological winter; it’s also when winter officially comes to the Lake District with the start of the felltop assessor service.

30 November 2019

Climber Shauna Coxsey puts injury behind her with sights on Olympic glory

In a little more than 18 months, the profile of climbing will gain a massive boost when millions of television’s worldwide audience will be able to view top proponents of the sport fight for Olympic medals.

22 December 2018

Climber Mick Fowler looks forward to a return to Himalaya after his most taxing year

He has won the ‘mountaineering Oscar’, the Piolet d’Or three times and has posted numerous first ascents both in Britain and abroad, but 2018 has proved one of the most challenging of Mick Fowler’s life.

23 November 2018

England has a new mountain: Miller Moss. Now go find it

England has a new mountain for hillbaggers to add to their list. Amateur surveyors John Barnard, Graham Jackson and Jim Bloomer lugged their profes...

09 August 2018

British Mountaineering Council's new president Lynn Robinson: lots of work to do

In a year when women’s issues were firmly in the public eye, the British Mountaineering Council’s members elected the organisation’s first female president.

17 June 2018

We join Lake District felltop assessor Zac Poulton to brush up our winter skills

Heading for a hillwalking excursion on Britain’s hills in winter is a different prospect from a mountain walk on a nice spring or summer day.

26 January 2018

Review: Downhill from Here – Running from John O’Groats to Land’s End, by Gavin Boyter

Boyter is a confirmed distance-running nut and film-maker and the book is his account of his Jogle journey, which was anything but smooth.

08 December 2017

Dismantle current governing structure of BMC, review body says

Seven months ago, 170 or so members of the British Mountaineering Council crowded into a meeting room at the National Mountain Centre at Plas y Brenin in north Wales.

25 November 2017

Kendal Mountain Festival: the land of white waterproofs and false moustaches

For many years I didn’t get mountain festivals. Why travel to a town surrounded by enticing hills and sit in a darkened room watching celluloid t...

19 November 2017

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