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049 Sign Board At Uhuru Peak On The Roof Of Africa The Goal Of Many

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Choosing a route to climb Kilimanjaro

16 May 2018 · Alex Stewart

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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Valley deep, mountain high: A journey towards the International Mountain Leader Award

13 May 2018

For those wishing to trek the world's mountains, the highest standard of leadership is the International Mountain Leader Award, which a number of Cicerone writers hold. Andy Hodges, author of Mountain Adventures in the Maurienne, has been working towards it since 2011, and in March 2018 it was time for his final summer assessment. For those wishing to travel independently, Cicerone guidebooks...

Arriving On Massenella's Summit Plateau

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Top tips from Mallorca, the GR221 and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains

5 May 2018 · Jonathan Williams

Jonathan and Lesley Williams spent a week trekking through the Serra de Tramuntana on Mallorca’s GR221, with Paddy Dillon’s Trekking in Mallorca and Mountain Walking in Mallorca guidebooks. Here, Jonathan shares some of his impressions of the Drystone Route, as well as some tips picked up along the way.

Chamanna Coaz at the head of Val Roseg in the Bernina Alps

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Practicalities of staying in a mountain hut

8 Apr 2018 · Kev Reynolds

It is important, when planning a mountain trip – especially out of season – to do your homework first. Will the huts be open and manned? Will there be room? What facilities can be expected? Are meals provided? Here, Kev Reynolds, explains some of the main practicalities of staying in a mountain hut.

Book Of The Month 8

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Book of the Month – Alpine Flowers

4 Apr 2018

A mini guide to help you recognise 230 alpine flowers. In just 144 pages this lovely little book will give both pleasure and knowledge.

Running To The Refuge De Loriaz

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Winter trail running adventures

30 Mar 2018 · Kingsley Jones

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you have to hang up your trail shoes in exchange for skis.​Trail runner Kingsley Jones trains year-round, and if you know what you’re doing the snowy Alps provide a perfect setting for a safe and enjoyable adventure. Just don’t tell everyone.

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How to eat well in the wild

10 Mar 2018 · ​John Fisher

For a long time, the options for hiking food have been limited to a range of mediocre freeze-dried meals packed with taste enhancers and artificial preservatives. John Fisher, founder of Outdoorfood, is paving a new way for wild eating with his range of healthy, nutritious Firepot meals.

Sierra De La Nieves The Summit Of La Torrecilla

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The myriad landscapes to walk in Andalucía

11 Feb 2018 · Guy Hunter-Watts

Guy Hunter-Watts fell in love with this region of southern Spain on his first visit. Here, he describes its diversity and history, which make exploring on foot all the more alluring.

The Lawley Shropshire

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Top Ten Short Breaks in the UK

10 Feb 2018

Are you planning a short break for the half-term holidays? Or maybe you want to sneak away somewhere romantic for Valentines' Day? Here are our top ten short breaks in the UK.

A marked track junction on 2017 Google Earth imaging shows location difference when compared to historical imaging which shows up to 15m variation in this example in Spain

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Want More Walks? Navigation in a Digital World

10 Jan 2018 · Mick Borroff

What do you do when you want to find more hiking options than those covered by the guidebook? Mick Borroff explores route planning using GPS tracks and satellite imaging.

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What is a GR route?

25 Oct 2017 · Joe Williams

Put simply, the GR routes are an immense network of long distance walking routes in France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium. But there's a bit more to them than just that...

The simple beauty of lines and stripes.

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How much preparation do I need for polar exploration?

7 Oct 2017 · Dixie Dansercoer

Polar exploration was once reserved for a very few hardy explorers who were not confident of even returning from their trips alive. Shackleton famously advertised for "Men Wanted for hazardous journey" promising "constant danger" but "safe return doubtful". Now that expeditions of all types have somewhat become commodities, Dixie Dansercoer looks at the true requirements for polar exploration.

South Face Of Annapurna

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How tough should I be for trekking in the Himalaya?

20 Sep 2017 · Radek Kucharski

Walking is just a case of putting one foot in front of the other, as Kev Reynolds says – and mountain trekking is largely a matter of walking. No special skills or equipment are needed, no particular capabilities required: anyone who can walk can trek. On the other hand, Himalayan trekking is not walking in the park on a Sunday afternoon. Radek Kucharski considers the fitness and preparation...

Linen Dale Near Eyam

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What is a gravel bike? Chiz Dakin explains

19 Jul 2017 · Chiz Dakin

Chiz Dakin has been enjoying riding a gravel bike for the new edition of Cycling in the Peak District. Here she explains exactly what a gravel bike is.

(Photo by Kev Reynolds taken from 'Walking in the Alps')

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How tough should I be for walking in the Alps?

5 Jul 2017 · Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds, author, speaker and expert on all things mountainous, answers the often asked question: "How tough should I be for walking in the Alps?".

Minerve In The Cathar Region

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Cycling the Canal du Midi – history, route planning and more

5 Jun 2017 · Declan Lyons

Declan Lyons, author of Cicerone's guide to cycling the Canal du Midi, shares his personal relationship with the route, as well as discussing the history of the canal, what it's like to cycle, route planning tips and the local culture.

Should I use walking poles

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Bad knees? Maybe you should use walking poles

3 Jun 2017

So, you love hillwalking and you’re reasonably fit, but you’re beginning to realise that you actually prefer walking uphill, and that the downhill bits make your knees hurt – sometimes quite a lot! The steeper and longer the downhill, the worse it feels. You find you tense your leg muscles more, which results in muscle pain AND joint pain at the end of the day. If this sounds all too...

Gear review: Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody

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Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody: A Gear Review

17 May 2017 · Joe Williams

Cicerone's Joe Williams reviews the Marmot Ether DriClime Hoody, a jacket that isn't well known to many UK walkers, climbers and runners. The jacket – and its precursor the DriClime Windshirt – is probably the most used, loved, depended on and effective piece of mountain and outdoor clothing he has ever owned. Here he explains why.

Top Tips for Mountain Biking in Slovenia

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Top Tips for Mountain Biking in Slovenia

18 Apr 2017 · Rob Houghton

Rob Houghton has put together a brilliant Cicerone Extra article with some Top Tips for Mountain Biking in Slovenia. Here is an overview video.

Try To Avoid Feeling Exhausted By The Time You Top Out Remember You Have A Massive Descent Too

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Top Tips for Mountain Biking in the Slovenian Alps

3 Apr 2017 · Rob Houghton

Rob Houghton takes some time out over the winter to reminisce on his mountain biking research trips to Slovenia. Using his own hard-won experience, he provides some advice for those considering a biking trip to this most beautiful of alpine countries.