Editorials

We don't buy into products, We buy into experiences.

When I was 13 I decided I was going to have 3 cars when I grew up. A sports car, a 4x4 and a camper van and in my mind…
February 25, 2018

We don't buy into products, We buy into experiences.

When I was 13 I decided I was going to have 3 cars when I…

Blogs

Reeks District: Ireland’s Adventure Playground with Jessie Leong

‘How do you pronounce Carrauntoohil?’ ‘Karen-toole’ replied Piaras, mountain guide from Kerry Climbing. ‘It means inverted sickle, a serrated knife-edge. Just look at the ridge behind you.’
December 03, 2018

Reeks District: Ireland’s Adventure Playground with Jessie Leong

‘How do you pronounce Carrauntoohil?’ ‘Karen-toole’ replied Piaras, mountain guide from Kerry Climbing. ‘It means…

Outdoor Guides

Down Time - What you need to know before you buy your down jacket

When it comes to selecting an insulated jacket it makes sense to have a look how insulation it works and with just a basic grasp of the essential principles you'll…
October 19, 2018

Down Time - What you need to know before you buy your down jacket

When it comes to selecting an insulated jacket it makes sense to have a look…
July 20, 2020

Wild camping - a fight or flight dilemma

Over the last couple of months there's been countless column inches in the mainstream media devoted to "wild camping", and none of it has been good.
June 03, 2020

Abandoning conquest

Today I saw a Tweet suggesting you conquer a hill in your lunchtime. A fine idea you’d imagine, and it is, but something about the language grated.
December 22, 2019

Skin Up to and Ski Off the Cairngorm

For a while now I have wanted to ski tour, finally I managed to get the gear together to be able to! So I headed for the Cairngorm, I had…
August 15, 2019

Albert and being Sustainable.

What connects a tiny patch of snow in Scotland to a Blackpool pub and landslides in the Alps? Henry Iddon pulls the threads together in a guest Editorial on sustainability.
July 17, 2019

The post-industrial landscapes of Snowdonia's slate industry are being re-imagined as a leisure resource

For a period of over 150 years the landscape of Snowdonia, and particularly the western side from Bethesda to Blaenau Ffestiniog was dominated by a brutal, industrial, visage of dark…
June 05, 2019

Wild camping - is it time for a conversation?

Wild camping isn't something we're used to seeing make the national papers, it's something we tend to whisper about in public; seen as illegal but widespread with enlightened national park…
May 28, 2019

Freedom of the Hills - but will the snow last

In 2018 I visited the Cairngorms to write and photograph a feature for the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Summit’ magazine. The piece was about using eMTBs to access the steep skiing…
Katy Dartford

Katy Dartford

It’s said to be the race made for Kilian Jornet, while others use it to train for the famous Grand Raid de la Réunion due to its similar profile.

Never ask a mountain guide if the future of alpinism belongs to runners. It will go down like a lead balloon.

“If there is an area particularly characterised by male dominance it’s Alpinism. Glorifying courage, strength and endurance it embodies the exact opposite of what 19-century women were expected to be…”

Now that we can travel in either direction between the UK countries such as France, Italy and Spain without having to self-isolate afterwards, we can finally enjoy some of the outdoor activities we’ve been craving after weeks of isolation and confinement.

Imagine tucking yourself into bed after a hard day in the office and the next thing you know, you’re surrounded by snowy mountains.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020 11:21

Oman by UTMB - from oil to adventure

When I arrived in the port city of Muscat, Oman's capital that’s wedged between arid Hajar mountains and the Gulf of Oman, I am greeted by Omanis cheering and whooping out the back of a car.

Forget sports gels and isotonic drinks…… a race fuelled by raclette, strudel and a litres worth of Swiss wine - its grapes grown right there in the terraced vineyards you’re running through - is just the thing to round of a season of trail running.

It’s been a summer of mostly (work), running, a little climbing and a few trail races. But lately, I’ve been wondering else what I could achieve if I put as much effort into other activities as I do these.

The 65 litre Eagle creek wheeled duffel, can take you from lake to mountain, across cobbled streets and uneven paths,

Part 2 of our feature on trail running in Switzerland's Valais region with tips from the pro's along the way.

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