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

We donned our headtorch and delved deep into Santa's cavern to find some top gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.

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

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

Ask a member of the general public to name a famous British mountaineer and chances are the answer won’t be Alan Hinkes.

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

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

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

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