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The Auvergne

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A gentler pace in the Auvergne

For Rachel Crolla walking the mountains of the Auvergne in central France will always be associated with a unique time in her life – the time when she and Carl were completing the research for their second Cicerone guidebook ‘Walking in the Auvergne’ – and she was seven months pregnant with her first child.

Winter In  Ladakh

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A second winter in Ladakh

Ladakh's trekking opportunities can extend year-round, and here are accounts of the Sham Trek, Chadar Trek and Markha valley trek and a new winter trekking route via a frozen river between Zanskar and Central Ladakh. Cicerone author and trek leader Radek Kucharski shares the challenges and thrills of his first and second winter seasons.

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Because it's there – Everest trekking

In these two extracts from a chapter of his inspirational book ‘Abode of the Gods’, which captures the wonders of trekking in the Nepal Himalaya in eight vivid stories, Kev Reynolds recalls his first arrival at Namche Bazaar and first glimpse of Ama Dablan, and then the ascent of Gokyo Ri to discover an ‘astonishing panorama... thrilling beyond words’ on the way to Everest base camp in...

Paddy Dillon meets a reader

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Paddy Dillon meets a reader

Paddy Dillon, author of many Cicerone walking and trekking guidebooks, seems to be walking and either researching new guides or updating old ones every day. But it's not often he has chance to chat to guidebook users such as James.

Climbing in the Pyrenees

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A difficult day in the Pyrenees

An extract from A Walk in the Clouds by Kev Reynolds reveals that sometimes you can have 'Something of a doo-day'. This story takes place in the Pyrenees, near the valley d'Oô.

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Doing the Top job in the English Lake District

Graham Uney, one of the Lake District's two Fell Top Assessors, shares the secrets of the job that involves climbing Helvellyn every day right through the winter and keeping other mountaineers safe.

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Hole in One

Kev Reynolds and his climbing partner Hugh explore the Vignemale and Vignemale glacier in the Pyrenees, but all was not well when they crossed the glacier.

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Lunching with Lizards on Madeira

A few years ago, just after Paddy Dillon’s guide to ‘Walking on Madeira’ had been published, long-standing Cicerone author Kev Reynolds found himself standing next to Paddy on the Cicerone stand at the Outdoor Show. After a day listening to the delights of walking on this beautiful island, he just had to return for a second visit.

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The other side of the Canary Islands

Prolific walker and writer Paddy Dillon describes how the sun-kissed Canaries have transformed themselves into a great destination for day walkers and for trekkers since he first touched down, by accident, in Tenerife.

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Crossing the Larke La

In the wake of much-publicised recent fatalities in the Himalaya, Cicerone author Kat Morgenstern recalls an unforgettable couple of days crossing the Larke La pass on the Manaslu Circuit, near the Nepal-Tibet border.

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Climbing the Cavall Bernat on Mallorca

The Serra del Cavall Bernat is a scramble that lies between the bay of Cala de Sant Vicenc and the Vall de Boquer in the northeast of the island of Mallorca. Although rising to a mere 353m, it has very steep cliffs, which on the seaward side plunge the full height vertically into the sea for 2km.

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Running the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

A week before the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) I heard a quote on the TV. I wasn’t really listening but I thought it was someone making a tongue-in-cheek reference to how to successfully read a book: ‘you start at the beginning, you keep going to the end and then you stop’. A week later I realised that this also perfectly sums up an Ultra race. The quote had become my mantra as I...

Why I wrote Via Ferratas of the French Alps

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Why I wrote Via Ferratas of the French Alps

Cicerone author Richard Miller tells us about how to came to write the guidebook to Via Ferratas of the French Alps and what he loves about the area. Like so many Cicerone authors, frustrated by the lack of information available on an area, he soon found out that the only way have all the information needed to plan a trip was to write the book himself.

Scrambles in the Dark Peak

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A chat with the authors of Scrambles in the Dark Peak

An advance copy of the forthcoming Cicerone guidebook Scrambles in the Dark Peak has just landed on my desk. There are many guidebooks to the Peak District, covering everything from gentle stroll to long-distance walks,family cycle paths to mountain biking trails, climbing rocks to descending cave systems.

Cycling Adventures in St Jean de Maurienne

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Cycling Adventures in St Jean de Maurienne

Andy Hodges, author of the recently published 'Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne' has been exploring the area around St Jean de Maurienne by bike this summer with his wife Sue. The area is surrounded by beautiful mountains and quiet mountain valleys. The via ferrata, roadside climbing and glaciated peaks all look inspiring too...