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The outdoors world in 2012: our backward glance at the year past

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.

British technology underpins Sir Ranulph Fiennes's The Coldest Journey

On the eve of the departure of Sir Ranulph Fiennes’s expedition party for one of the most ambitious Antarctic journeys ever undertaken, more details have emerged of the equipment he and his team will use to try to keep warm in temperatures as low as –90C.

On test: brasher Hillmaster II GTX boots

We put the traditional British-designed brasher Hillmaster II GTX boots to the test in some traditional British weather.

Bonington's Olympic torch auctioned to raise cash for Nepal charity

The Olympic torch that Everest summiteer Sir Chris Bonington took to the top of Wales’s highest mountain is being auctioned to raise cash for a charity that helps Nepalese porters and their families.

Catrin Patterson will tackle Everest trek for Aberglaslyn mountain rescuers

A woman will embark on a trek to Everest Base Camp to help raise cash for a mountain rescue team. Catrin Patterson will also climb the nearby peak ...

PHD offers outdoor fans the chance to design a custom jacket like Ranulph's

A British clothing manufacturer is offering outdoor enthusiasts the chance of designing their own jackets, like the one chosen by explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Retailer Tiso creates mountain of boots to mark 50 years of business

An outdoor retailer created a new mountain to mark its 50th anniversary. Leith-based Tiso’s boot mountain was stacked up on Calton Hill in Edinbu...

More goodies heading to the shops: new gear from the Outdoor Trade Show

In our second update on new outdoor gear exhibited at the recent Outdoor Trade Show, we look at gear from boots to tents; from stoves to poles..

Doug Scott will join Hebridean island's second mountain festival

Veteran mountaineer Doug Scott will be one of the star attractions at a Hebridean mountain festival. A challenge walk linking five of the island’...

January's Outdoors Show will celebrate Everest 60th anniversary

Next year’s Outdoors Show will feature memorabilia from Everest expeditions as part of an exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of the world’s highest mountain.

Police appeal after thieves target three vehicles at Stanage Edge

Police are appealing for information after three cars were broken into at a popular climbing venue. Items stolen include sports gear and a rucksack...

Andy Kirkpatrick gives up writing – and then wins Boardman-Tasker prize

Climber and raconteur Andy Kirkpatrick has won one of the top awards for mountain literature – the day after he announced he was giving up as a writer.

Sir Chris Bonington in Westminster call to get Britons outdoors

Everest summiteer Sir Chris Bonington is stepping into the corridors of power to urge people to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Mick Fowler and Paul Ramsden in 'best ever' climb on new Shiva route

Alpine Club president Mick Fowler and his climbing partner Paul Ramsden have returned triumphant from the Himalaya after posting a first route on a technically difficult remote mountain.

Seven British Everest trekkers die in Kathmandu plane crash

Officials have confirmed that Britons are among the dead after a plane crashed near the Nepal capital Kathmandu today.

Chance to meet Walking With The Wounded Everest team at Cotswold stores

Outdoor fans are being offered to meet the men who tackled the world’s highest mountain during three free events at branches of a specialist retailer.

Prince Harry backs wounded soldiers' South Pole bid

Prince Harry will support a gruelling trip by wounded and injured servicemen and women in a bid to reach the South Pole.

Sir Chris will abseil from London's The Shard for Outward Bound

Everest summiteer Sir Chris Bonington will be scaling the heights of western Europe’s tallest building when he joins fellow charity fundraisers in abseiling from its pinnacle.

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