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Winter Hillwalking

Summer hillwalking and winter mountaineering are worlds apart, with virtually every dimension of the environment transformed in the latter season. The risks – and, arguably, the attractions – are multiplied many times over in winter, when the mountains become both wonderland and danger zone. In this first extract from their book ‘The Hillwalker’s Guide to Mountaineering’, Terry Adby and...

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Choosing a route to climb Kilimanjaro

There are six ways of getting to the summit of Kilimanjaro, but which of the routes up the mountain is best for you? Alex Stewart gives an overview of the options.

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Autumn in the Cairngorms

If somebody suggested you go and sleep under a wet rock in Scotland you’d probably think they were trying to insult you (albeit fairly lamely). Yet doing just this can provide one of the most vivid mountain experiences the UK has to offer – as Dan Aspel discovered on an autumn trip to the eastern Highlands.

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Solo climb of the Watzmann Ostwand, via the Berchtesgatner Weg, Berchtesgaten, Bavarian Alps

Solo climb of the Watzmann Ostwand, via the Berchtesgatner Weg, Berchtesgaten, in the Bavarian Alps. This climb has 1800 meter of vertical elevation from the bottom of the face to the summit (summit is 2713m), UIAA grade I and II for the most part with a couple of sections of III+. This essentially translates into a 3000m grade 3 scramble with a few bits of Diff/VDiff. I intended to climb the...

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The High Atlas Mountains of Morocco

Just a short hop from Europe, Morocco's High Atlas mountains have stunning and wild trekking at altitudes up to 4000m. Hamish Brown tells us about wo routes in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco: the ascent of Jbel Tazekka (Tazzeka) 1980m, the high point of the glorious cedar forests of north-east Morocco, and the traverse of Jbel bou Naceur 3326m, Moussa ou Salah 3172m and Jbel bou Iblane 3081m, the...

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The Carpathian Mountains – the last European wilderness?

Jonathan Cook and his trekking companion, James, were looking for an alternative but affordable trekking destination that didn't involve flying to the ends of the earth. The Carpathian Mountains of Romania ticked all the boxes. So they bought the guidebook and got trek-planning...

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How to go ultrarunning with your partner – Ben Nevis Ultra Recce

Cicerone’s Joe Williams and his partner Caroline Holmes did a long training run on the route of the Ben Nevis Ultra, Skyline Scotland’s new race. In poor weather and with some injury worries, it turns out it’s possible to run an ultra as a couple!

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Tackling the Sturrall of Donegal: game face required

South western Donegal has the most extraordinary coastline in all these islands, and the incredible headland of the Sturrall is probably its most extraordinary feature. Wondering if it might fit the bill as ‘Ireland’s Inaccessible Pinnacle’, Peter Walker paid it a visit.

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Lake District Fell Running - the lure of the fells

Kingsley Jones lives in Ambleside and is the author of the latest mountain running title from Cicerone Press, ‘Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District’. The project has been a personal journey and has taken years to come to fruition. The choice of route line is so subjective that each runner has a different relationship with the sport. Here he explains why the Lakeland fells have been...

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Exploring the Silvretta and Rätikon Alps

Kev Reynolds knows the Alps like no one else. He tells us about a trek in the little-known Silvretta and Rätikon Alps, the mountain regions that straddle the Swiss-Austrian border. Characterful huts, sleepy alpine villages and remote and mysterious peaks and valleys make up this area.

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12 things I learned from my recent trip to the Alps

Cicerone’s Joe Williams recently returned from a two-week holiday in the Alps. The original plan had been to do some alpine climbing, but snow and weather caused a change of plans for him and partner Caroline Holmes. Here are 12 things they learned that could help you on your next alpine climbing/mountaineering/trekking/walking/trail running trip.

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Walking in the Val d’Hérens

Mike Hawtree first came to Switzerland just over ten years ago, working for a well-known food company based in Vevey, on the shores of Lake Geneva. His wife, Jude, has worked in Evolène every summer since 2007, as a housekeeper and caterer for a mountaineering company. So it was only natural that when they got married they chose Evolène as a place to live. They bought Chalet Les Criquets and...

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How to walk with kids

What are your most vivid memories of childhood? Mine involve rockpools and dens in the woods, muddy knees and torn jeans, the breezy possibilities of heathland and the thrill of my first mountain summits. We felt like explorers. Childrens’ playfulness and their insatiable curiosity have free rein in the outdoors, and you’ll find their enthusiasm infectious.

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Go West Thran Dog: Climbing Slieve Carr, Ireland's most remote mountain

Out in the west, deep in the Mayo interior, lies Slieve Carr, a summit defended by its notoriety as Ireland’s most remote mountain. Armed only with their determination and a slight deficiency in the leg department, Peter Walker and his bonkers amputee collie cross Indy set forth to climb it.

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Seven Shorter Treks in the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees form the border between France and Spain, rising to over 3000m. The varied and spectacular mountain chain, which stretches over 400km from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, offers an incredible variety of walking. Here, Brian Johnson highlights seven shorter treks in the Pyrenees that showcase the variety and beauty of this region.

Descending from the Glyders with Snowdon hiding in the clouds. Fastpacking in Snowdonia.

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The joys of fastpacking

Lily Dyu recounts some of her most memorable adventures (and misadventures) while multi-day running.

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Solo on Charlie Ramsay's Round

Earlier this month, Cicerone’s Joe Williams completed Charlie Ramsay’s Round, a challenging ultra-distance route across 24 summits in the Lochaber region of the Scottish highlands. From Top Gun quotes to rationing Jelly Babies, he describes both the exhilaration and the hardship, as well as the challenges of maintaining that all-important positive mindset...

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Searching for Russell’s caves on the Pyrenean Haute Route

In spring 2018, while doing research for the new guidebook on the Pyrenean Haute Route, Tom Martens discovered that the Vignemale, France’s highest Pyrenean peak at 3298m, held a cave he’d never heard of. He decided to find it.

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Classic Galloway - wild landscapes of granite and peat bog

If you like your wild landscapes really wild, if you like your lakes to have whooper swans in the middle and no ice-cream vans around the edge, if you like to have one foot on bare rock and the other one deep in a peat bog, if you like your granite with goats on, then the Galloway Hills are the place to go, says Ronald Turnbull.

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The first woman to climb all of Ireland’s mountains

After spending around 20 years climbing all the Munros, Munro tops, Furths, Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds and Nuttalls, a moment of ‘what next?’ led Christine Gordon to spend the next 18 months climbing all the plus-2000ft mountains in Ireland. She is the first recorded woman to complete the challenge.

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Writing a guidebook in a mountain hut on the Pyrenean Haute Route

I wasn’t even planning to stop at the Larribet mountain hut, but on an early July morning in 2014, mist came in and reduced my view. Eventually, I got into trouble and needed help. This is the story of how I got to know one specific mountain hut and its wardens very well. Until then, I hardly ever stayed at mountain huts and I didn’t realise that the events that unfolded would change my...

The end in sight, Mount Sonder looms in the distance

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Hiking the Larapinta Trail

Marsupials and mountains, desert walking, true wilderness and tough hiking. Simon Whitmarsh and Andrew Mok introduce the Larapinta Trail, 234km across the red centre of Australia.

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High magic in the Hoch Tirol

Description of a ski tour through the Austrian Hoch Tirol in the Eastern Alps taking in the Gross Geiger, Granatspitze, Gross Venediger and the Gross Glockner.