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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.

The blue skies and sunshine that accompanied us out of London sadly abandoned us once we reached the Kent Coast. Here, we had a week of paddling into gale force winds and poor visibility.

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Kayaking across the Continent

In April 2018, Anna Blackwell and Kate Culverwell set out to tandem kayak from London to the Black Sea in Romania, a distance of over 4000km through 11 countries and five capital cities across Europe. The expedition, which took five months, saw the two girls overcome storms, illness, broken kit and busy industrial rivers to have the time of their lives.

the once forbidden Kingdom of Mustang

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The Kingdom of Mustang in the remote Nepalese Himalaya

Frank Husslage explores the once forbidden Kingdom of Mustang in the remote Nepalese Himalaya. He finds monks, seashells and shamanism and wishes he could better capture on film the vibrancy and beauty of the area.

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The Big Rounds: the bridge to enchantment

David Lintern has written the first guide to Britain's 24-hour mountain challenges – The Big Rounds. It's a book about people and places and the magic that happens when they meet on equal terms. Here, he shares how the book came about and what happened over the following five years.

The author imagines he is in Montana on a training hike along the Bay Area Ridge Trail in California.

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Thru-hiking the Continental Divide Trail: Prep and planning

Owen Eigenbrot is preparing to thru-hike from Canada to Mexico across the US on the yet-to-be-finished Continental Divide Trail. Planning for a 3100-mile trek is a daunting task, but experience and a heavy dose of realistic optimism give him the confidence that not having all the answers can be a good thing.

On top o’ the world, on Binnein Mòr (leg 1, Charlie Ramsay Round)

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A day of synchronicity on one of the Big Rounds

David Lintern has written the first guide to Britain's 24-hour mountain challenges. It's a book about people and places and the magic that happens when they meet on equal terms. In this article, he shares one of many ‘happy accidents’ that occurred during the five-year writing process.

Llynnau Cregennen and Mawddach Estuary from Craig-las

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The battle for the Cambrian Way

The Cambrian Way stretches for 479km through the most spectacular parts of Wales between Cardiff and Conwy. Richard Tyler explains how, in the face of years of opposition, its creator and biggest advocate Tony Drake fought for it to gain official recognition.

Refuge de la Breche and the Cirque de Gavarnie

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40 years of Walks and Climbs in the Pyrenees

Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees is 40 years old. First published in 1978, it’s never been out of print and, following numerous updates and reincarnations, the latest edition is imminent. It’s the granddaddy of our guides, so we asked its author, Kev Reynolds, to look over his shoulder and tell us about the changes that have occurred to the mountains and trails, as well as the book, since the...

An overview of the Vignemale peak, the Ossoue glacier and the three Russell caves in the middle

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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.

Going over Rivington Pike from the easier side

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Lancashire Cycleway South: The ideal mini-tour

Richard Barrett encourages some keen cyclists to try a cycle tour for the first time by explaining to them that you can cycle tour in the style you prefer - hostels, hotels, e-bikes, whatever works for you.

The snowy Bernina massif, viewed  from Diavolezza

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Walking in the Engadine: a valley for all seasons

There are many wonderful places to walk in Switzerland and some are more touristy than others. Here, author Kev Reynolds sings the praises of the Engadine, a valley he first knew when he lived and worked there as a younger man and has since revisited many times.

Acclimatisation

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Running on the roof of the world: The Original Everest Marathon

Running on the roof of the world is never going to give you a marathon personal best, but it will be an incredible, life-changing experience. If you love being in the mountains, want to get a close-up look at Everest, are fascinated by the Sherpa people or just love running, the Original Everest Marathon combines all these elements, and more.

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Another Afghanistan: Trekking in the Wakhan Corridor

​In the far northeast of Afghanistan lie the mountains of the Wakhan Corridor. This rugged area, tucked between the giants of the Hindu Kush and the Pamirs, has remained untouched by the wars that have battered the country for so many years. Since 2006, the region has been accessible from neighbouring Tajikistan and the most dangerous part of Afghanistan can be avoided. Every year a growing...

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Why You Should Get Out More With the Kids

Outdoors writer and primary school teacher Rachel Crolla, co-author of a new child-oriented guide to the Lake District, explains why having outdoor adventures with the children is more important than ever.

Loch Enoch seen from Redstone Rig 13

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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.

Aberystwyth Promenade

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5 reasons to choose Wales for your next cycle tour

For many, Wales is close by and easily accessible, particularly by train. So why look further afield for your next cycle touring when you’ve got such wonderful riding country on your doorstep. Richard Barrett sets out five reasons to put Wales high on your to-do list.

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Walking 1000 miles across France and Spain on the Camino de Santiago

Anna Blackwell describes spending her summer holiday walking over 1000 miles across France and Spain. Following ancient pilgrimage routes that make up the Camino de Santiago, she spent three months travelling through idyllic countryside, beautiful towns and villages and busy cities.

Pic du Midi d'Ossau over Lac Gentau from Refuge d’Ayous

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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.

001 Refuge de Larribet (2072m) in the Central Pyrenees

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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...

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Walking in the Cape Verde islands

Sitting in the Atlantic, 600km from the west African coast, the 10 islands that make up the tiny country of Cape Verde offer an interesting variety of options for walkers. Mike Wells spent two weeks visiting six of these islands, walking up volcanic craters, along dizzying coastal paths, through deep gorges and across sandy deserts.