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Celebrating Fifty Years... Enduring Cicerone titles

2 Jan 2019

If you look on the website, you will see that Cicerone has an enviable, and really quite staggering, collection of nearly 400 titles, available as both printed books and e-books. It’s a collection built up and developed over the entire course of 50 years, beginning with the first title published in March 1969.

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Cicerone at the Adventure Travel Show

10 Dec 2018

Cicerone is sponsoring the show as official travel literature partner, offering a series of trekking workshops and sponsoring one of the theatres at the Adventure Travel Show, 19-20th January 2019. Come along and listen to author talks, ask your own questions in one of our trekking workshops, and enter our incredible competition.

Some of the old Cicerone guides with different logos and the price in shillings

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Cicerone Press at 50: From then to now

8 Dec 2018 · Kev Reynolds,Jonathan Williams

In this abridged extract from Fifty Years of Adventure, Kev Reynolds and Jonathan Williams look back at Cicerone's story, from then to now.

Looking past the ‘painted rocks’ south of Toubkal in the early evening

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Celebrating Fifty Years... Exploring Morocco's Anti-Atlas

30 Nov 2018 · Jonathan Williams

Jonathan looks back on a particularly memorable trip to the mountains of Morocco with his son (and excellent rescuer) Joe Williams. This short story is taken from the commemorative book Fifty Years of Adventure.

A cloud inversion in the Italian Alps on the Grand Traversata delle Alpi. Photo by Chris Councell.

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A Q&A with Lily Dyu, the fastpacking guru

17 Nov 2018 · Lily Dyu

Lily Dyu talks to Cicerone about what fastpacking means to her, how she got into the sport, and some of the challenges she has faced whilst out running.

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Cicerone Open Evening and Talks: Friday 16th November

7 Nov 2018

Cicerone are hosting an open evening in conjunction with the Kendal Mountain Festival. Join us on the 16th November for a trekking workshop followed by a talk on Greenland by Paddy Dillon. Light refreshments will be provided and places are free but you must book a place to attend.

Finishing the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa

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Ultra Tour Monte Rosa – the hardest race no-one’s heard about

23 Sep 2018 · Joe Williams

Have you run the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB)? Did you find it too easy? Do you wish you could challenge yourself a bit more? Well, legendary runner and five-times UTMB champion Lizzy Hawker has created just the thing for you! With an extra 1500m ascent and terrain that should have no place on a 100-mile trail race, the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa is the hardest race no-one’s heard about. In...

We Used Poles To Help Us On The Long Climbs

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

12 Aug 2018 · Joe Williams

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!

Descending the Col de l'Izoard

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Top tips for cycling the Route des Grandes Alpes

11 Aug 2018 · Jonathan Williams

Jonathan cycled the Route des Grandes Alpes to celebrate his birthday and learned vital lessons along the way. He now has an abundance of advice to share with others on how to make the most of the great French cycle route.

H A Fine Road Leads South From The Bonette

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Route des Grandes Alpes – cycling through the French Alps

15 Jul 2018 · Lesley Williams

Jonathan and I took on our biggest cycling challenge yet, to ride 650km and climb 15000 metres in 9 days, creating a sort of elegant reversed question mark shape as we tackled the mighty cols of the French Alps. It was the second week in June so there was also a question as to whether we could do it, with a number of key passes still closed as we set off, following the record snowfall of the...

Descent from Bonnette

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E-bikes are just for softies

13 Jul 2018 · Lesley Williams

I’ve never been a strong cyclist, but until recently I’ve always enjoyed cycling. Now I simply love it! This is not just an isolated remark overheard in a pub, it’s a growing phenomenon, and cyclists who scorn e-bike riders should pause to consider the motives behind the choice made by their e-powered friends.

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12 things I learned from my recent trip to the Alps

27 Jun 2018 · Joe Williams

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.

A rare patch of green on trail back to Kärlinger Haus

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In the Steinernes Meer: A three-day hike through Berchtesgaden National Park in the Bavarian Alps

10 Jun 2018 · Grant Bourne,Sabine Körner-Bourne

While researching the new edition of their guide Walking in the Bavarian Alps, Grant Bourne and his wife and co-author Sabine had the opportunity to revisit this magnificent walk. In the following article they meet a selfie-obsessed Chinese tourist, experience a sweaty climb through the Saugasse and walk through a sea of stone.

Ben Nevis In Winter

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Winter climbing in Scotland - an Easter weekend report

21 Apr 2018 · Joe Williams

Armed with a box of maps and guidebooks, Joe Williams and Caroline Holmes decided to head to the Scottish Highlands for the Easter long weekend. They managed to do the traverse of An Teallach and Waterfall Gully, Ledge Route and Good Friday Climb on Ben Nevis.

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What’s New on the Tuscan Front – 20 years on

13 Jan 2018 · Gillian Price

Wolves, marble quarries, barbed wire and ancient Etruscan ways star in Gillian Price’s latest adventures as she returns to Tuscany on a special quest: to research new walks and verify existing routes for the fourth edition (2018) of her classic guide Walking in Tuscany, which first arrived on the shelves in far-off 1998. But not all goes to plan.

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What Cicerone staff have been doing this year... 2017

7 Dec 2017

As usual, we've all been getting out exploring, travelling, climbing mountains and discovering more about the nature around us. Read on the discover what the Cicerone team have been up to this year!

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How do we make a guidebook?

6 Dec 2017

One of the things we get asked a lot is "How do you make a guidebook" so we made a little video to briefly explain the process. We hope you enjoy it!

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Stories from a Slowcoach Triathlete

18 Oct 2017 · Hannah Stevenson

I usually prefer to be behind the scenes, or in the back of photos, slightly out of focus or obscured by someone else’s arm. I have never felt confident enough to share my blog posts alongside those of Joe (UTMB and Glencoe skyline runner), Natalie (super-fit mountain adventurer) or Siân (outdoor swimming expert). But recently a friend took a photo of me that I am really proud of. And I...