The highs and lows of our country's top spots

Most hillwalkers will identify with the mixture of panic, irrationality and fear that has, at some time, gripped all of us in the midst of a bad expedition up a mountain that just seems to have it in for you..

26 September 2009

Murmuring, muttering and mood music – a change to the munros is almost upon us

As I write, we’re only 48 hours or so from the first change to the list of munros for quite some time.

08 September 2009

Friends together: walkers urged to put something back into Three Peaks

Standing proud in the south-western corner of the Yorkshire Dales national park are three fells that, for centuries, have been the centre of mankind’s curiosity.

23 August 2009

Hello marilyn! One up, one down in trio's survey quest

They’re at it again! Not satisfied with promoting a Welsh hill to mountain status and elevating an Arran peak to the list of marilyns, three intrepi...

15 April 2009

England's second-oldest national trail celebrates 40 years

Forty years ago, the great and the good gathered in the ruins of a north Yorkshire castle to celebrate the culmination of a successful campaign going back decades.

03 May 2009

Crampons: the new hillwalker's fashion accessory?

Equipment, technique, safety. Pretty much everything any of us ever does on a hill relates to all three of these, and they’re inextricably intertwin...

12 January 2009

The white stuff: how winter hillwalkers can stay safe

As much of Britain is cloaked in the white stuff, and walkers’ and mountain lovers’ hopes of a decent winter rise, it’s important to revise our approach to tackling the hills as snow and ice cover our usual routes and temperatures drop below freezing.

07 December 2008

Marilyns, munros and how to make a mountain out of a moel hill

Hands up all those who knew there was an official definition of a mountain. No? Neither did we, until we delved a little after hearing of the deter...

28 September 2008

Ticks: how to avoid and remove the biters

Ticks are nasty little biting insects that resemble small spiders. It's important to remove them properly to avoid leaving parts of them in your b...

19 August 2006

Two out of three ain’t bad, as some fat bloke once sang

Guest contributor Dave Hewitt staked a pint on Tuesday that his prediction on the ups and downs of the munro-corbett lists would prove correct.

11 September 2009

Mountain accident blackspots: what's to be done?

Heather Morning was appointed mountain safety adviser for the Mountaineering Council of Scotland in summer.

08 September 2009

Just a minute, Mr Naismith, can that be right?

Life, inevitably, has its ups and downs. And we hillwalkers love them. It’s why we set out, week after week, to slog up another fell or mountain,...

13 July 2009

'Dead chuffed' Bragg wins Fellsman at first attempt

The list of starters for one of the country’s most gruelling long-distance events was missing one significant number.

11 May 2009

Kilimanjaro: dangers galore on the summit trail

Kilimanjaro, recently summited by a constellation of British stars, is one of the most dangerous mountains in the world.

15 March 2009

2008: take a trip with us through the highs and lows of the year

In the slovenly hiatus between Santa’s return north and the alcoholic debauchery of the New Year, journalists traditionally have a problem: how to fill the space on their various publications when, well, not much happens.

31 December 2008

Julia: drowning in the beauty and enjoying the leg burn

She’s become the pin-up of walkers across the country yet she’s been blamed for increasing the workload of mountain rescue teams across the Lake District.

09 November 2008

Blood, sweat and fears: the Three Peaks goes world-class

It is doubtful the quiet Yorkshire Dales village of Horton in Ribblesdale had ever seen anything like it.

28 April 2008

Should we be able to use distress beacons in Britain's hills?

You’re on a remote Munro. The wind whips up and before you know it, you’re swept off your feet and find yourself tumbling down a steep dro...

21 January 2008


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