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

Four years ago, Ed Jackson's rugby career ended with an ill judged dive into a swimming pool and a broken spine; here's how he came to be on two alpine summits with top climber Leo Houlding.

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

Ex-Berghaus boss Richard Leedham starts scheme to put mountain of surplus outdoor gear to good use

According to the foundation set up by sailor and adventurer Ellen MacArthur, the equivalent of one bin lorry’s load of textiles is sent to landfill or burned every second.

07 April 2020

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

In a fix wondering what to buy your favourite outdoor enthusiast for Christmas? Help is at hand. We’ve taken a trip to Santa’s special cave to ...

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

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

Six days, six hours, four minutes: how Paul Tierney broke the Wainwrights running record

The author Alfred Wainwright took 13 years to write his seven-volume series of Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, meticulously researching and detailing the 214 mountains he chose as worthy of ascent.

24 December 2019

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


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