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Petzl IKO CORE review

14th July 2020 | 0 comments

The radical new IKO CORE headtorch looks like nothing else out there – well it does, it looks a bit like a Klingon battle cruiser in miniature – but not like any other headtorch…

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Success on Aconcagua for Trek & Mountain readers

9th February 2015 | 0 comments

On 31st January 2015 at 3.30pm the Trek & Mountain Aconcagua 2015 reader expedition achieved success by putting two team members on the summit, with all other team members reaching 6000m in deteriorating conditions. The expedition, sponsored by Haglofs and Powertraveller, began with a trek up the Horcones Valley near Mendoza, Argentina, to Aconcagua Base Camp at 4,300m. From here …

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Climb Aconcagua with Trek & Mountain Expeditions!

5th April 2014 | 0 comments

After two successful reader expeditions to Kilimanjaro (Western Breach) and Mt Elbrus (traverse) in 2013, we’re pleased to announce our next expedition that you, our readers, can join – and this time we’ve chosen the highest peak outside of the Himalaya… ACONCAGUA! On 15th January 2015, 12 Trek & Mountain readers will leave the UK for an attempt to summit …

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Preparing for glacial crossing

18th March 2024 | 0 comments

Preparation for glacier crossing should be meticulously prepared and rehearsed, so that no time is wasted either setting up the basic moving-together system or any of the techniques that may subseqently follow…

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Testing the snow pack

18th October 2020 | 0 comments

There are a number of tests that can be done to assess the state of the snow. None of these should be taken in isolation, but used to help build up a picture of what the snow conditions in that immediate area are likely to be…

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Clove hitch

28th March 2020 | 0 comments

This is an extremely useful knot, and it is used throughout all areas of mountaineering. Its simplicity of tying, allied with its ease of adjustment, make it ideal to secure yourself to an anchor system. It can also be tied with one hand, a useful property when needing to arrange an anchor whilst holding on to the rock or an ice axe for security…

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‘The Dawn Wall’ trailer

30th September 2018 | 0 comments

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.

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Ultimate gifts for trekkers and mountaineers!

11th December 2015 | 0 comments

Find the perfect gift for the trekker or mountaineer in your life with the Trek & Mountain Festive Gift Guide…   MONTANE HI-Q LUXE JACKET £170 Montane’s brand new Hi-Q Luxe  Jacket delivers lightweight, highly compressible micro baffle mountain insulation to handle winter’s toughest challenges. It uses new, innovative PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Luxen which blends millions of water repellent PrimaLoft ultra- fine …

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Is Social Media killing adventure?

9th October 2015 | 0 comments

Is the popularity of Facebook, Twitter et al a good or bad thing for the outdoors? Sophie Nicholson investigates…   When Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgesen made the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall in Yosemite in January this year, they succeeded in making more than just climbing history. Over the course of 19 days spent on the wall, …

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Win a Haglöfs Vojd jacket worth £600!

25th November 2014 | 0 comments

Winter is a testing time for your outdoor clothing, with the demand for weather protection being balanced with user comfort and breathability to cope with the exertions of ski touring or mountaineering. With this in mind, Haglöfs have introduced the Vojd Jacket for the 2014/2015 season. Developed in association with the late and legendary ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson, the Vojd …

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Competition: Meet Ueli Steck and win his Mountain Hardwear Torsun Jacket!

5th November 2014 | 3 comments.

How would you like to interview one of the biggest ever mountaineering stars? You could also walk away wearing the jacket he uses and a couple of tickets to the Kendal Mountain Festival! Ueli Steck, one of the greatest alpinists alive today, invites you to lunch! Well-known for his almost unbelievable speed ascent of Annapurna’s legendary South Face in only …

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Competition: Win a limited-edition Sprayway Grendel or Vela Jacket!

23rd October 2014 | 1 comment.

Only 400 of these limited edition jackets exist, and we have both a men’s and women’s model to give away this month! This very special, limited-edition jacket from Sprayway has been made to celebrate the brand reaching 40 years of keeping hillwalkers and mountaineers warm, dry and comfortable. The vibrant blue and green colour scheme is a nod to an …

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Win! Alan Hinkes' new 8000m book

29th October 2013 | 0 comments

Alan Hinkes, as we’re sure you all know, is the only Briton to have climbed all of the world’s 14 8,000m peaks and is the 15th person ever to do so. Odds are he has something to say about mountaineering worth reading then? In his new book, ‘8000 Metres: Climbing The World’s Highest Mountains’, he tells of his experiences of …

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Win a Marmot Isotherm Hoody

26th October 2013 | 1 comment.

Marmot’s new Isotherm Hoody uses the very latest in breathable insulating technology to give a versatile and comfortable layering piece. And we have not one – but two – of these great-looking jackets to give away. Lightweight, warm and breathable, the Isotherm Hoody pairs an abrasion-resistant Pertex Quantum fabric with a super-breathable mesh lining and is stuffed with the new …

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WIN! Water-To-Go purifying bottles

5th October 2013 | 0 comments

A reliable supply of clean water when on a trek or expedition is vital, and the new Water-to-Go filter bottle makes it that little bit easier to keep topped up. Key to the Water-to-Go bottle are its filters which were developed at the behest of NASA and are constructed utilising nano technology. Nano alumina along with 33 % carbon and …

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Preparing for glacial crossing

18th March 2024 | 0 comments

Preparation for glacier crossing should be meticulously prepared and rehearsed, so that no time is wasted either setting up the basic moving-together system or any of the techniques that may subseqently follow…

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Testing the snow pack

18th October 2020 | 0 comments

There are a number of tests that can be done to assess the state of the snow. None of these should be taken in isolation, but used to help build up a picture of what the snow conditions in that immediate area are likely to be…

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Clove hitch

28th March 2020 | 0 comments

This is an extremely useful knot, and it is used throughout all areas of mountaineering. Its simplicity of tying, allied with its ease of adjustment, make it ideal to secure yourself to an anchor system. It can also be tied with one hand, a useful property when needing to arrange an anchor whilst holding on to the rock or an ice axe for security…

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Gully climbing

12th December 2017 | 0 comments

The ascent of a gully will often be the first introduction to snow climbing for many mountaineers. By their very nature, gullies tend to take lines provided by natural breaks and seams in the cliffs, and these can often be at a reasonably easy angle. As such, many gullies are in the lower grades of climbing difficulty, and provide an excellent way for novices to start to learn about snow-craft, winter ropework and climbing skills…

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Safety on a via ferrata circuit

18th October 2017 | 0 comments

Although it may feel that you are in a clinical environment, you need to keep your wits about you when going round the circuit, and knowing how to deal effectively with all possible hazards is essential…

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How to take better outdoor photos, part 1

18th October 2017 | 0 comments

The world of photography has changed – digital cameras have removed the mystique from the ‘good old days’ of film photography where photographers had to wait often a week after they returned home to see the results. Now, everybody with a phone or pocket camera can take a photograph, instantly examine it, and take the shot again if it isn’t correct…

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Figure-of-eight knot

18th October 2017 | 0 comments

This is an essential knot, and it can be tied in a number of ways. It is the main method that many people use when tying on to a harness, and when tied slightly differently it is a quick and effective method of tying on to anchors…

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Knowledge: How to choose a rope

15th September 2013 | 0 comments

IFMGA Guide Alun Richardson runs through the different types of ropes available and what they are best suited for… The increasing popularity and diversification of climbing has led to a broader selection of climbing ropes, each with its own characteristics. This choice undoubtedly has benefits, but it can make it difficult to decipher what’s on offer and how it relates …

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Using fixed lines, part 1

3rd January 2013 | 0 comments

On big peaks it’s routine to make use of fixed lines (or ropes), but how do they work? In this series, Tim Mosedale explains the methods he uses when leading high-altitude expeditions… Whether you love or loathe the idea, a lot of the big mountains usually have sections of what we call ‘fixed ropes’ put in place to allow expedition …

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Preparing for glacial crossing

18th March 2024 | 0 comments

Preparation for glacier crossing should be meticulously prepared and rehearsed, so that no time is wasted either setting up the basic moving-together system or any of the techniques that may subseqently follow…

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Clove hitch

28th March 2020 | 0 comments

This is an extremely useful knot, and it is used throughout all areas of mountaineering. Its simplicity of tying, allied with its ease of adjustment, make it ideal to secure yourself to an anchor system. It can also be tied with one hand, a useful property when needing to arrange an anchor whilst holding on to the rock or an ice axe for security…

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Andy Kirkpatrick: ‘Big E (go)’

1st May 2018 | 0 comments

The other day a friend emailed me some questions aimed to help people wanting to head off on their own adventures, covering the often overlooked financial side of things as well how you find the gumption to go on one in the first place.

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Andy Kirkpatrick: ‘Old School’

21st November 2017 | 1 comment.

The other day I found an old book on my shelf when its tatty green spine caught my eye as I thumbed across the shelf looking for something else. Many times before I had passed it by, but this time my eyes fixed on it and my book blindness, caused by its ever-presence, suddenly lifted…

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Andy Kirkpatrick: ‘Dehydrated’

5th July 2014 | 0 comments

I once went climbing with the comedian Ed Bryne, who told me he hated dehydrated food, because it tasted like shit “so I bought myself a dehydrator,” he said “so I could make my own food that tasted like shit”…

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Andy Kirkpatrick: ‘Polar Poodles’

16th April 2014 | 0 comments

Don’t you just hate when someone brings you down to size. When someone bursts your bubble. I do it myself – in fact I relish in giving a kick to an overblown ego. My primary vehicle for this is the language of the extreme…

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Andy Kirkpatrick: ‘Piteraq’

9th February 2014 | 0 comments

I climbed with a remarkable Norwegian last winter called Aleks Gamme, probably best know as the gnarly bloke from the film ‘Crossing the Ice’, in which he raced to be the first person to ski to and from the South Pole without support or kites (he sort of won)…

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Testing the snow pack

18th October 2020 | 0 comments

There are a number of tests that can be done to assess the state of the snow. None of these should be taken in isolation, but used to help build up a picture of what the snow conditions in that immediate area are likely to be…

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Issue 25 – February 2012

15th January 2012 | 0 comments

Kili Summit Guide Rhys Jones of RJ7 Expeditions gives valuable advice on maximising your chances of summiting Kili Ama Dablam Jon Gupta and Bonita Norris give accounts of their recent (separate) climbs on this breathtakingly beautiful Himalayan peak Ben Nevis Top climber Kev Shields recounts his first winter climbing trip on Ben Nevis and explains how the experience helped change …

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Issue 23 – December 2011

20th November 2011 | 0 comments

The John Muir Trail, the Haute Route, training for Antarctica, Scottish Winter Skills course, down jackets and 4-season sleeping bags on test, and much more in the December 2011 edition of Trek & Mountain… The John Muir Trail Mark Richardson recounts his 14-day ‘thru hike’ through California’s stunning Sierra Nevada range Training for Antarctica We catch up with the British …

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Issue 22 – November 2011

1st November 2011 | 0 comments

Trekking in Peru, hiking Norway’s Mt Skala, French guides training week, alpine skills part 1, Everestmax expedition and much more in the November 2011 edition of Trek & Mountain…

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Issue 21 – October 2011

4th October 2011 | 0 comments

Highs of South East Asia, Iceland’s Westfjords, Tour du Monte Rosa, IFMGA mountain guides, Introduction to Alpinism, and much more in the October 2011 edition of Trek & Mountain…

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Pack-buying tips from the designer

14th June 2019 | 0 comments

We’ve just spent a morning with Lowe Alpine pack designer Dan Jenkin, talking about his background and the story behind the brand’s packs, and we took the opportunity to ask him for his top 5 tips when it comes to deciding which pack you need.

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The BIG Question: What size pack do I need?

3rd May 2019 | 0 comments

Something weird has happened to packs over the past few years, to put it simply, they’ve got smaller. Okay, so they haven’t exactly got smaller, it’s more that the capacity of pack that most of us need and are buying has got smaller…

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Lowe Alpine Altus 42:47 review

16th November 2018 | 0 comments

When Lowe Alpine invited us out to the Austrian Alps a couple of months back for the mountain-hut launch of the new Altus range of packs, we were told they would be available in February 2019. Turns out though that you can buy them right now from the guys at Ellis Brigham.

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Andy Kirkpatrick: ‘Big E (go)’

1st May 2018 | 0 comments

The other day a friend emailed me some questions aimed to help people wanting to head off on their own adventures, covering the often overlooked financial side of things as well how you find the gumption to go on one in the first place.

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Bolivian 3 Peaks Expedition – Illimani, Pequeno Alpamayo and Huayna Potosi

2nd January 2017 | 0 comments

In 2017 Trek & Mountain returns to South America for an amazing trekking and mountaineering trip, and YOU could be on the team! The destination is Bolivia, and our objectives are threefold – Huayna Potosi (6,088m), Pequeno Alpamayo (5,410m) and the mighty Illimani (6,438m). The expedition will be led by Gavin Bate, head honcho at Adventure Alternative, one of the UK’s …

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Book review: “The Man Behind the Maps: Legendary Ski Artist James Niehues”

10th January 2021 | 0 comments

16th January 2021FacebookTwitterPrintemailNoone has commented on this article yet. Have your say…Filed under: News, Treks & Expeditions, K2 first winter ascent, Mingma G, Nims PurjaNews is coming in that a historic first winter ascent of K2 has been completed by an all-Nepali team, led by Mingma G and Nims Purja. According to high-altitude bogger Alan Arnette: “Around 5:00 pm on …

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Boardman Tasker Award shortlist announced

28th August 2016 | 0 comments

                          The shortlist for the 2016 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature has been announced, and includes books by Alex Honnold, Simon McCartney, Steve Olson, Mark Vallance and Robert Wainwright,  Interest in the Boardman Tasker (BT) Award for Mountain Literature remains as great as ever and this year’s …

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Banff Film Tour dates and films announced

7th January 2016 | 0 comments

The UK and Ireland Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is now in its seventh edition, and the 2016 UK and Ireland leg of the Banff World Tour will be the largest Tour to date with more than 50,000 adventure lovers expected to gather together indoors to celebrate the outdoors with 85 screenings and 55 tour locations right across the UK and …

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Reel Rock Tour set to kick off across UK

17th September 2015 | 0 comments

This year’s Reel Rock Tour is about to kick off with 14 screenings across the UK and Ireland. In its 10th year, Reel Rock 10 will once again bring a variety of adventure films to a worldwide audience, with the event taking place in over 450 locations across all seven continents. This year’s festival will feature films about Tommy Caldwell …

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Shortlist for Boardman Tasker Prize announced

16th September 2015 | 0 comments

The shortlist for the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature has been released, and it looks like 2015 could be a vintage year.  This year’s judges – Robin Campbell, Graham Desroy and Terry Gifford – have chosen the following five books from the 36 entries received: ‘In Some Lost Place’ by Sandy Allen (Vertebrate Publishing) ‘Snowblind: Tales of Alpine …

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Everest movie – 'Cliffhanger' or 'Touching The Void'?

13th August 2015 | 0 comments

The official trailer of the upcoming Hollywood movie ‘Everest’ was released recently and the big question of ‘will it be any good?’ got a bit closer to being answered. The film, starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, Keira Knightley and Emily Watson among others, focuses on the 1996 disaster on the mountain and follows the summit attempts of the teams led by …

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Kendal Mountain Festival announces headliners

9th August 2015 | 0 comments

Held every November in the Lake District, the Kendal Mountain Festival features hundreds of film screenings plus numerous speakers and guests. Festival organisers have revealed some of the big names that will make an appearance at the festival. Tommy Caldwell, who made headlines last year for free climbing the Dawn Wall with Kevin Jorgeson as well as the completion of …

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Sir Chris Bonington climbs the Old Man of Hoy at 80

29th November 2014 | 0 comments

Sir Chris Bonington, legendary climber, mountaineer & first ascensionist, has proven that age does not have to be a barrier to strength and fitness. Led by British traditional climber, Leo Houlding, Sir Bonington defies age in his ascent of the famous sea stack. The Old Man of Hoy is revered by many, and is a classic sea cliff climb in …

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Chamonix Adventure Festival launches new 2015 winter edition

22nd November 2014 | 0 comments

For any aspiring adventure film makers, the opportunity to have your work screened at one of Europe’s best adventure film events is not to be missed! The Chamonix Adventure Festival film programme showcases the latest adventure and environmental films from across the world. Several nights of inspiring tales will be screened in Chamonix and Les Houches, with explorers, athletes & …

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'Jeff Lowe's Metanoia' to be shown at Kendal Mountain Festival

11th November 2014 | 0 comments

Kendal Mountain Festival has secured the second public screening of ‘Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia’, a film about the life and times of the legendary US alpinist. Only two weeks ago, Jeff Lowe’s film was completed and premiered at Banff Mountain Festival on 2nd November. The film has been in production for several years, and to celebrate the screening, Jeff Lowe himself …

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Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon 2014 movie – watch it here!

29th October 2014 | 0 comments

Running Wild: 20 Years of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon from Lowe Alpine on Vimeo.   Last June, in one of the remotest locations in the UK, nearly 1,000 competitors gathered for the 20th Anniversary Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) and a new film reveals just what a tough event this is. The LAMM is a two-day mountain orienteering competition …

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Parrot Anafi

15th November 2018 | 0 comments

With its low weight and foldable arms, could Parrot’s new Anafi be the best drone yet for capturing action in the mountains? Chris Kempster takes it for a flight to find out…

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DJI Mavic Pro review

12th November 2017 | 2 comments.

One of my biggest regrets is having an insufficient camera (cost £60) when sailing the Northwest Passage and not having the adequate means to capture a personal record of what I saw. I lost count of encounters with polar bears, artic foxes, whales and all this alongside spectacular Arctic scenery.

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Hilleberg Anaris review

30th August 2020 | 0 comments

Hilleberg just released their first trekking pole-supported tent since 1973. RICHARD HARTFIELD tests how it stands up against the new generation of lightweight backpacking shelters…

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Deuter Exosphere 0˚C Sleeping Bag review

1st February 2019 | 0 comments

Jon Doran tries out an unusual synthetic-filled sleeping bag with a gently body-hugging stretch seam construction that really does up both comfort and efficiency – if you’re a restless outdoors sleeper, this could be the bag for you.

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How to choose a sleeping bag

30th January 2019 | 1 comment.

Here’s the thing. No-one ever really regretted a sleeping bag that was slightly too warm, but there’s nothing more miserable than shivering all night in a bag that’s simply not warm enough…

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Vaude Hogan SUL 1-2P review

14th November 2017 | 0 comments

The Hogan SUL 1-2P is based on a tried-and-tested configuration that has been used by Vaude for a number of years on tents such as the Taurus and Terratrio, namely one pole running lengthwise down the spine of the tent and one pole crossing at the entrance to form a vestibule at one end.

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The Canadian Rockies

11th October 2017 | 0 comments

The Canadian Rockies provide what is perhaps the most extensive collection of quality ice climbs in the world, with the added bonus that the consistently cold temperatures that chill the entire mountain range mean that there is guaranteed to be ice to climb every season.

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6 Of The Best: Ice Axes

2nd February 2021 | 0 comments

In the market for a new ice axe, or pair of technical tools? Will Harris chooses size models for six different mountain activities – here are his picks…

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Petzl Grigri+ review

28th May 2017 | 0 comments

With the Grigri+, Petzl have fine-tuned their perennially-popular assisted- braking belay device, making it even easier to use for less experienced climbers.

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Maps International

3rd September 2018 | 0 comments

Maps International creates stunning maps with a strong focus on design. They are the perfect addition to any home or office, or to take with you on your next travel adventure.

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Edelweiss

18th March 2018 | 0 comments

Edelweiss has accompanied the pioneers of mountaineering and climbing by making ropes to match their ambitions.

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Lorpen

18th March 2018 | 0 comments

Spanish company Lopen produces some of the most advanced and technical socks in the industry and have been doing so since the 1980’s.

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Grivel

22nd January 2018 | 0 comments

In 1818 the Grivel family of blacksmiths started to transform their production of agricultural tools to satisfy the rather peculiar demands of a new breed of wealthy tourists who, for unfathomable reasons, wanted to climb mountains! And so, the Grivel Ice Axe and Crampons came into being.

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Sea To Summit

22nd January 2018 | 0 comments

The rich and rugged landscape of Australia reflects the nature of Sea To Summit. Making a host of items and accessories to equip you for wild coastlines, rivers, forests, cliffs, and mountains.

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Deuter

18th December 2017 | 0 comments

From postbags to mountain peaks, Deuter has been creating bags for over 100 years. A market leader in Hiking, Mountaineering, Travel, and Bike packs, Deuter has redefined the rucksack market with its back-system technologies and use of quality materials.

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Scarpa

18th December 2017 | 0 comments

SCARPA, literally the Italian for ‘shoe’. Footwear innovation and tradition share equally deep roots at Scarpa, which today remains a family-owned company with its headquarters and performance footwear manufacturing facilities in the same regions of northern Italy where it all started in 1938.

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Satmap

17th October 2017 | 0 comments

The Satmap brand is about delivering outstanding digital mapping solutions to serious Outdoor folk. Great mapping is our first priority, followed by superb GPS performance on robust and durable hardware.

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Petzl

14th October 2017 | 0 comments

Petzl designs and manufactures tough, reliable products with maximum versatility for all vertical terrain: climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, etc. By being at the heart of these activities, Petzl have accumulated a wide range of experience that today directly benefits the entire line of Petzl products.

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Win winter training and £500 of kit from Rab!

13th February 2015 | 0 comments

The T&M Scottish Winter Weekend, in association with Rab, Lowe Alpine and Polartec combines winter mountaineering instruction during the day and social activities in the evenings. This year’s weekend is now sold out, but we have one last place on the weekend to give away… thanks to event sponsors Rab. THE COURSES Our lucky winner will be able to choose …

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Win a Quick Screw!

2nd January 2015 | 0 comments

We recently travelled to Germany to try out the latest climbing innovation from Salewa, the brilliantly-named Quick Screw (so named because it combines an ice screw and a quickdraw) and now we have five of these cutting-edge ice screws to give away! So what exactly does the Quick Screw do? This is our Web Editor, Joe Innes’, take on the …

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Win a Millet Trilogy Down Tek Hoodie

1st January 2015 | 0 comments

Millet is the choice of the Guides Company of Chamonix, and in fact the Guides are an integral part of the testing process and development of Millet’s product range. Trilogy is the name given to Millet’s top-of-the-range pieces, and they take their inspiration from the winter ascents by Eric Escoffier in the 1980s of the three major north faces in …

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Win a Haglöfs Vojd jacket worth £600!

25th November 2014 | 0 comments

Winter is a testing time for your outdoor clothing, with the demand for weather protection being balanced with user comfort and breathability to cope with the exertions of ski touring or mountaineering. With this in mind, Haglöfs have introduced the Vojd Jacket for the 2014/2015 season. Developed in association with the late and legendary ski mountaineer Andreas Fransson, the Vojd …

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Competition: Meet Ueli Steck and win his Mountain Hardwear Torsun Jacket!

5th November 2014 | 3 comments.

How would you like to interview one of the biggest ever mountaineering stars? You could also walk away wearing the jacket he uses and a couple of tickets to the Kendal Mountain Festival! Ueli Steck, one of the greatest alpinists alive today, invites you to lunch! Well-known for his almost unbelievable speed ascent of Annapurna’s legendary South Face in only …

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Competition: Win a limited-edition Sprayway Grendel or Vela Jacket!

23rd October 2014 | 1 comment.

Only 400 of these limited edition jackets exist, and we have both a men’s and women’s model to give away this month! This very special, limited-edition jacket from Sprayway has been made to celebrate the brand reaching 40 years of keeping hillwalkers and mountaineers warm, dry and comfortable. The vibrant blue and green colour scheme is a nod to an …

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WIN KEEN Durand Mid WP hiking boots!

16th September 2014 | 1 comment.

In this month’s competition, we have THREE pairs of KEEN’s fantastic Durand Mid WP boots worth £139.99 (each) to give away – read on to find out how YOU could walk away with a pair…   For comfort and style, KEEN walking shoes and boots have always been hard to beat, but with the new Durand Mid WP the brand …

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Win an Edelweiss rope and rope bag!

17th August 2014 | 0 comments

In this month’s competition, we have two ropes from Edelweiss to give away, plus a ropebag for each of the lucky winners. The Edelweiss Performance Unicore 9.2 rope is a versatile rope that you can use for almost all your mountain activities; from alpine and winter mountaineering, to sport climbing and ice climbing. You can also pair it with another …

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Corsica GR20

23rd April 2018 | 0 comments

The GR 20 is a long-distance trail that runs roughly north-south along the spine of Corsica. It has been described as ‘Europe’s toughest trek’ and came in at number 8 in Trek & Mountain’s Top 100 Treks poll.

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Tour du Mont Blanc

12th December 2017 | 0 comments

The Tour du Mont Blanc, which takes hikers on a spectacular circuit of Western Europe’s highest peak, is one of the best long-distance treks in the world and ranks at number 3 in Trek & Mountain’s Top 100 Treks poll.

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Ama Dablam

21st November 2017 | 0 comments

Often judged to be one of the world’s most beautiful mountains, Ama Dablam stands proud from its Himalayan neighbours, an austere pyramid of rock and ice.

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North Wales

15th October 2017 | 0 comments

There are few areas that have as large a quantity of diverse climbing venues in such a small geographical area as North Wales. From adventurous sea cliff climbing to bolted limestone sport routes, through multi-pitch mountain missions to steep roadside bouldering, all can be easily accessed within an hour from the central mountain town of Llanberis.

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Peak District

13th October 2017 | 0 comments

The Peak District is home to the UK’s oldest national park and is steeped in climbing history, with some of the World’s earliest recorder rock climbs established on its crags and the legacy of the Kinder Trespass reminding us of the price paid by previous generations to secure open access for all to our wild spaces.

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The Canadian Rockies

11th October 2017 | 0 comments

The Canadian Rockies provide what is perhaps the most extensive collection of quality ice climbs in the world, with the added bonus that the consistently cold temperatures that chill the entire mountain range mean that there is guaranteed to be ice to climb every season.

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Kilimanjaro

8th August 2017 | 0 comments

Kilimanjaro is the largest free-standing mountain in the world, the highest peak in Africa, and one of the Seven Summits.

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Grandes Jorasses

8th August 2017 | 0 comments

This majestic ridge crest east of the bulky Mont Blanc massif though not of such great height, surpasses it in its northern and western aspects, with its wildness and elegance. The south side, though not elegant, is certainly wild, being defended by disrupted glaciers and thrusting bastions of distorted rock.

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Matterhorn

8th August 2017 | 0 comments

The Matterhorn (Cervin or Monte Cervino) is the epitome of the majestic peak, among the most famous mountains in the world but correspondingly overcrowded. This does not deter most climbers, and even those who think they can resist its popularity usually change their views when they actually see the mountain.

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Icicle Mountaineering

3rd August 2017 | 0 comments

Icicle was founded back in 2000, and we offer guided adventures to climb, trek, ski, and run, in mountains all around the world. We are based in Windermere, in the heart of the Lake District National Park, where we have a course base and shop. We focus on offering instructional courses to help build people’s autonomy, and are proud to be a small specialist company which has a very personal approach.

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Hillsound Trail Crampons review

3rd May 2013 | 0 comments

There’s been a steady stream of lightweight alternatives to full crampons over the last few years, and if something like the Yaktrax Walk sits at the most basic end of the spectrum, then these Hillsound Trail Crampons err towards the more sophisticated end.

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Lowe Alpine Altus 42:47 review

16th November 2018 | 0 comments

When Lowe Alpine invited us out to the Austrian Alps a couple of months back for the mountain-hut launch of the new Altus range of packs, we were told they would be available in February 2019. Turns out though that you can buy them right now from the guys at Ellis Brigham.

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Marloe Watch Company

14th August 2020 | 0 comments

Taking their name from the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Marloe Watch Company is built upon two key values, rooted deeply within both founders’ lives; honesty and integrity.

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The Mountain Company

11th April 2019 | 0 comments

The Mountain Company is an award-winning adventure travel operator specialising in cultural tours, treks and expeditions to the Himalaya and Karakoram.

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Maps International

3rd September 2018 | 0 comments

Maps International creates stunning maps with a strong focus on design. They are the perfect addition to any home or office, or to take with you on your next travel adventure.

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Mountain Kingdoms

3rd June 2018 | 0 comments

Mountain Kingdoms is an independent, UK based, small group adventure holiday specialist with over 30 years’ experience. Primarily offering worldwide walking holidays, pioneering and classic treks, and trekking peak expeditions.

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Edelweiss

18th March 2018 | 0 comments

Edelweiss has accompanied the pioneers of mountaineering and climbing by making ropes to match their ambitions.

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Lorpen

18th March 2018 | 0 comments

Spanish company Lopen produces some of the most advanced and technical socks in the industry and have been doing so since the 1980’s.

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Grivel

22nd January 2018 | 0 comments

In 1818 the Grivel family of blacksmiths started to transform their production of agricultural tools to satisfy the rather peculiar demands of a new breed of wealthy tourists who, for unfathomable reasons, wanted to climb mountains! And so, the Grivel Ice Axe and Crampons came into being.

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Sea To Summit

22nd January 2018 | 0 comments

The rich and rugged landscape of Australia reflects the nature of Sea To Summit. Making a host of items and accessories to equip you for wild coastlines, rivers, forests, cliffs, and mountains.

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Rab Microlight Summit Jacket review

25th January 2019 | 0 comments

Rab’s new top-tier Microlight Down Jacket has a secret weapon in the shape of futuristic Pertex Infinity Weave fabric straight out of The Matrix. It eliminates stitch-lines between baffles, which in turn improves wind resistance in bitter arctic gales.

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The Big Question: Down or Synthetic?

9th November 2018 | 0 comments

Should you choose a down or synthetic insulated jacket this winter? It used to be an easy one: down was for cold, dry conditions where pack size and weight mattered and getting it wet was unlikely. It also helped if you had a bulging wallet.

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Elbrus '13 team complete traverse

30th September 2013 | 0 comments

A as we were going to press, our team of intrepid readers on the Trek & Mountain Elbrus ‘13 expedition were arriving back from Russia having completed a north-south traverse of the mountain. The summit eluded them unfortunately due to white-out conditions on summit day, but the team made a magnificent effort to cross the saddle and make it down …

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Elbrus 2013 – Meet The Team

27th July 2013 | 1 comment.

The countdown is on to Trek & Mountain’s second Reader Expedition – Elbrus 2013 – sponsored by Berghaus. Below we meet the team and ask them what they are most looking forward to about the trip… Andy Teall Best trekking trip or moment so far: Camping at 5,200m, below the Renjo La in Everest region. Stunning views, freezing cold and …

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Elbrus 2013 – The Challenge

9th March 2013 | 0 comments

  Hot on the heels of Trek & Mountain’s successful ‘Kili The Hard Way’ expedition in January ’13 comes our next adventure featuring you, our readers! On August 9th-19th 2013, a team of 12 readers plus Trek & Mountain will be heading to Russia to climb Europe’s highest peak, Mt Elbrus. Normally climbed from either the north or the south …

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OMM celebrates 50

31st January 2017 | 0 comments

The original mountain marathon continues to grow as athletes enter for the race’s 50th year. The extreme two-day race, held at the end of October, tests competitors on their endurance and self-reliance. In OMM tradition the UK race location will be kept a secret until August. The event, which started in 1968, aimed to combine fell running, orienteering, hill walking and …

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The North Face launch new mountain festival

12th May 2016 | 0 comments

The North Face have announced the launch of a new festival, The North Face Mountain Festival, set in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, at the foot of the Eiger. The festival will run from the 16th to 18th of September and let’s festival goers trial outdoor activities such as running mountainous trails for the first time, following a pro athlete up a rock-face, …

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Arc'teryx Academy registration date announced

10th March 2016 | 0 comments

Registration for this year’s Arc’teryx Academy, held from June 16-19 in Chamonix, will open on Tuesday, March 15th from 11am GMT. You may have read about last year’s Arc’teryx Academy in Trek & Mountain, when we accompanied participants on the ‘Basic Mountaineering’, ‘Advanced Technical Alpinism’, and ‘Overnight Bivy’ clinics. The four day event starts on Thursday with a with a …

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Winter Meet 2016 – join up here!

10th January 2016 | 0 comments

It’s back and better than ever… read on to find out about the 2016 edition of Trek & Mountain’s famous Winter Meet, to be held on March 12-14 For the third year running Trek & Mountain is delighted to be running our famous Scottish winter weekend and, for 2016, this action packed weekend will be based in the East Highlands Mecca …

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Ueli Steck to share his Magic Moments of 2015 in London lecture

6th January 2016 | 0 comments

Mountain Hardwear and Snow+Rock will be hosting a night with Ueli Steck during which he will be sharing his latest line of feats, including his reclaimed Eiger record, in only 2 hours, 22 minutes. The lecture titled ‘Ueli Steck/Magic Moments’ will be held at the London Geographical Society on 22 January. 2015 proved to be a big year for Steck, including his …

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Stephen Venables announces 'Life After Everest' tour dates

8th October 2015 | 0 comments

Community Action Nepal are proud to present a new lecture series by Stephen Venables entitled ‘Life After Everest – The Adventure Continues!’ During the show, which will be illustrated with stunning images, Venables will tell tales of adventures around the world, including his escape from death in the Indian Himalaya when an abseil anchor failed and he fell 300 feet, finding …

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Reinhold Messner opens sixth – and final – mountain museum

21st August 2015 | 0 comments

On 23rd July the sixth and final Reinhold Messner Mountain Museum opened its doors in Kronplatz, South Tyrol. The world famous explorer and mountaineer set out for great heights for his final project which sits at 2,275m and is the highest of the six. The museum also features a dramatic viewing platform jutting out from the mountain. Devoted to alpinism’s supreme …

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Stok Kangri and Ladakh

19th October 2017 | 0 comments

After many months of preparation, training, researching, attending our early summer training weekend, a few hundred emails and some extreme bag packing, the Trek & Mountain Stok Kangri 2015 Expedition team were ready to go…

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Bolivian 3 Peaks Expedition – Illimani, Pequeno Alpamayo and Huayna Potosi

2nd January 2017 | 0 comments

In 2017 Trek & Mountain returns to South America for an amazing trekking and mountaineering trip, and YOU could be on the team! The destination is Bolivia, and our objectives are threefold – Huayna Potosi (6,088m), Pequeno Alpamayo (5,410m) and the mighty Illimani (6,438m). The expedition will be led by Gavin Bate, head honcho at Adventure Alternative, one of the UK’s …

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VIDEO: Stok Kangri training weekend

13th July 2015 | 0 comments

The Peak District was the venue for the recent Trek & Mountain Stok Kangri Expedition 2015 training weekend, and our team of readers met up to find out more about the trek from the trek organisers Peak Mountaineering and of course meet their team mates for the first time! The expedition sponsors Rab and Lowe Alpine were also on hand to talk about …

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Trek & Mountain 'Khumbu 3 Peaks 2016 Expedition' announced

14th May 2015 | 0 comments

Trek & Mountain has announced its most ambitious expedition for readers of the magazine yet: to climb not one – but THREE – 6,000m trekking peaks in the Khumbu Valley in spring 2016. The triple crown of the Khumbu Valley is an enviable mission taking on Mera Peak, Island Peak and Lobuche in one fantastic adventure of a lifetime. All three of …

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2015 Expeditions – Sign up here!

17th April 2014 | 0 comments

Ready for adventure? Then join us in 2015 on one of our superb trekking expeditions to the Himalayas, Andes and High Atlas… Our treks are organised by 360 Expeditions and Peak Mountaineering, and you will be in the hands of experienced Western guides and some of the best ground crew in the business. And as part of your package, you …

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Join the team here!

1st September 2012 | 0 comments

Up for a challenge? Then join us on the first ever Trek & Mountain reader expedition… In January 2013, Trek & Mountain will be embarking on its first ever expedition, to climb Kili… the hard way. Taking place on 19-30th January, 2013, the expedition will be tackling the Umbwe/Western Breach route – the steepest and least-trekked route on Kilimanjaro. This …

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Damavand – An Iranian Dream

9th June 2016 | 0 comments

A ski mountaineering team from the UK set out to climb Iran’s highest mountain, Mount Damavand (5610 m). The team is lead by Shirin Shabestari, an Iranian woman now resident in London. As the team ascend the mountain the film examines the pivotal role mountaineering played in Shirin’s upbringing and discover just how much this summit means to her.

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Elbrus ’13 – The Movie

11th April 2014 | 1 comment.

If you want to know what it’s like coming on a Trek & Mountain Expedition – or what it takes to climb Europe’s highest peak, for that matter – check out the film we shot on our Reader Expedition to Mt Elbrus last year.

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Featured Trek: Unclimbed Peak Expedition 2017

23rd February 2017 | 0 comments

Imagine standing on a summit that no one has stood on before, looking out over the incredible mountains of the Himalayas! This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to climb an unclimbed peak in the remote region of Rolwaling, a truly ‘off the beaten track’ region of Nepal. This is one of the seven hidden valleys of the Himalaya, on the border with Tibet …

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Featured trek: Great Wall of China, with Expedition Wise

9th October 2016 | 0 comments

Like a dragon in slumber, the Great Wall of China winds across deserts, plateaus, mountains & grasslands and is the longest ever structure built by humans. Our Great Wall of China Trek starts on the ancient wall of Badaling before continuing on to the different sections, providing each day with extensive views of the incredible wall itself and surrounding mountains. …

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Featured Trek: Phongun Razi and the Burmese Ice Mountains

2nd August 2016 | 0 comments

Be one of the few Westerners to trek in northern Burma where pristine jungle, remote trails, curious tribal people and a challenging high mountain ascent will make you feel like a true pioneer. Starting from the remote village of  Putao, in the foothills of the Himalaya, Mountain Kingdoms’ 10-day trek crosses fast-flowing streams by bamboo suspension bridges, rises through untouched …

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Featured Trek: Climb Mt Elbrus, with Adventure Consultants

5th July 2016 | 0 comments

Elbrus is a giant dormant volcano that separates Europe from Asia. It has become one of the coveted Seven Summits as it is the highest peak in Europe at 5,642m. Being relatively high, Elbrus certainly demands respect and we approach this by climbing to higher elevations each day during our acclimatisation phase whilst sleeping at lower elevations at night. A …

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Featured Trek: Aconcagua summit trek, with Jagged Globe

5th July 2016 | 0 comments

Aconcagua is the highest mountain outside of the Himalaya. At 6,959m, the 1000m climb from high camp to the summit is notoriously tough. The unrelenting, lung-busting Canaleta, a steep scree-filled gully, is the physical, emotional and mental crux for many who attempt to reach the top. However, there is no technical climbing on the Horcones Route, and no ropes are …

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Featured Trek: Manaslu Circuit, Nepal, with Mountain Kingdoms

4th July 2016 | 0 comments

This ‘featured trek’ from Mountain Kingdoms is a distinctive and improved version of the classic Manaslu Circuit.  Staying in teahouses, this strenuous trek is an excellent alternative to the Annapurna Circuit, with spectacular scenery from beginning to end. The high point and a highlight of this trek is Larkya La (5,134m), a dramatic mountain pass with sensational views. This well-considered …

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Featured Trek: Guided Mont Blanc Walk

20th May 2016 | 0 comments

  The historic Tour du Mont Blanc is easily one of the most spectacular walks of the world. Brimming with incredible vistas from high mountain passes, lush valleys and highway sized glaciers, alpine scenery does not get much better than this. Joining an international group led by a bilingual mountain guide, the emphasis is on full immersion into the sublime …

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Featured Trek: Druk Path Trek, Bhutan

18th May 2016 | 0 comments

The Druk Path Trek is the perfect two-week holiday to Bhutan combining an excellent short trek with the chance to experience the fascinating culture, people and places of the Thunder Dragon Kingdom. The Druk Path trek takes in the most varied and beautiful sections of an ancient trail through the high mountains from Paro to Thimphu. Highlights include sacred lakes teeming …

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Featured trek: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

14th April 2016 | 0 comments

Annapurna Sanctuary remains one of the most spectacular treks in the Himalaya, and Mountain Kingdoms’ well-planned trek ensures you enjoy the best route, services and acclimatisation. Following a scenic river gorge, your trail ascends gradually over several days through bamboo forests and pretty terraced villages until reaching the Sanctuary – a hidden amphitheatre of towering Himalayan peaks including the awesome …

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The Lockdown Q&A – #9: Jon Gupta

15th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #8: Andy Cave

9th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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Ueli Steck 1976-2017

30th April 2018 | 0 comments

We take a look back on the life of Ueli Steck, one of the greatest alpinists of his era and a much-loved character among mountaineering communities around the world…

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The Interview: David Hamilton

21st February 2018 | 2 comments.

David Hamilton has spent his entire career making the climbing dreams of others, and himself, come true, while leading for Jagged Globe and on his own privately-organised expeditions.

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‘The Dawn Wall’ trailer

30th September 2018 | 0 comments

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.

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Hanwag Banks GTX review

9th July 2020 | 0 comments

With the warmer months finally here, Chris Kempster tries out a lightweight 3-season walking boot that offers superb comfort and stability combined with a stylish design…

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First Look: AKU Trekker Pro GTX

11th March 2019 | 0 comments

Just arrived and new for spring 2019 is the northern Italian-developed AKU Trekker Pro GTX boot and it should be worth considering if you’re after a fabric-based, three-season all-round hiking and trekking boot…

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Corsica GR20

23rd April 2018 | 0 comments

The GR 20 is a long-distance trail that runs roughly north-south along the spine of Corsica. It has been described as ‘Europe’s toughest trek’ and came in at number 8 in Trek & Mountain’s Top 100 Treks poll.

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Tour du Mont Blanc

12th December 2017 | 0 comments

The Tour du Mont Blanc, which takes hikers on a spectacular circuit of Western Europe’s highest peak, is one of the best long-distance treks in the world and ranks at number 3 in Trek & Mountain’s Top 100 Treks poll.

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Grandes Jorasses

8th August 2017 | 0 comments

This majestic ridge crest east of the bulky Mont Blanc massif though not of such great height, surpasses it in its northern and western aspects, with its wildness and elegance. The south side, though not elegant, is certainly wild, being defended by disrupted glaciers and thrusting bastions of distorted rock.

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Bolivian 3 Peaks Expedition – Illimani, Pequeno Alpamayo and Huayna Potosi

2nd January 2017 | 0 comments

In 2017 Trek & Mountain returns to South America for an amazing trekking and mountaineering trip, and YOU could be on the team! The destination is Bolivia, and our objectives are threefold – Huayna Potosi (6,088m), Pequeno Alpamayo (5,410m) and the mighty Illimani (6,438m). The expedition will be led by Gavin Bate, head honcho at Adventure Alternative, one of the UK’s …

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VIDEO: Stok Kangri training weekend

13th July 2015 | 0 comments

The Peak District was the venue for the recent Trek & Mountain Stok Kangri Expedition 2015 training weekend, and our team of readers met up to find out more about the trek from the trek organisers Peak Mountaineering and of course meet their team mates for the first time! The expedition sponsors Rab and Lowe Alpine were also on hand to talk about …

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Trek & Mountain 'Khumbu 3 Peaks 2016 Expedition' announced

14th May 2015 | 0 comments

Trek & Mountain has announced its most ambitious expedition for readers of the magazine yet: to climb not one – but THREE – 6,000m trekking peaks in the Khumbu Valley in spring 2016. The triple crown of the Khumbu Valley is an enviable mission taking on Mera Peak, Island Peak and Lobuche in one fantastic adventure of a lifetime. All three of …

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2015 Expeditions – Sign up here!

17th April 2014 | 0 comments

Ready for adventure? Then join us in 2015 on one of our superb trekking expeditions to the Himalayas, Andes and High Atlas… Our treks are organised by 360 Expeditions and Peak Mountaineering, and you will be in the hands of experienced Western guides and some of the best ground crew in the business. And as part of your package, you …

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Join the team here!

1st September 2012 | 0 comments

Up for a challenge? Then join us on the first ever Trek & Mountain reader expedition… In January 2013, Trek & Mountain will be embarking on its first ever expedition, to climb Kili… the hard way. Taking place on 19-30th January, 2013, the expedition will be tackling the Umbwe/Western Breach route – the steepest and least-trekked route on Kilimanjaro. This …

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Arc’teryx: Canadian Mountain Workshop

30th November 2018 | 0 comments

Makers of things can be a curious bunch. On the doorstep of the Coast Mountains in North Vancouver, a team of designers, developers, athletes, tool and pattern makers flew to a remote glacier near Bella Coola, BC to live for a week in the middle of nowhere.

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Preparing for glacial crossing

18th March 2024 | 0 comments

Preparation for glacier crossing should be meticulously prepared and rehearsed, so that no time is wasted either setting up the basic moving-together system or any of the techniques that may subseqently follow…

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Outdoor Research BitterBlaze Gloves preview

21st December 2018 | 0 comments

If you’ve climbed, technical water ice, you’ll know that gloves that work ‘just right’ are super hard to come by. They need to be warm enough that your hands don’t freeze and lose dexterity. But also dexterous enough that you can, say, place and ice-screw and clip it, then set up a belay, without taking them off.

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Petzl IKO CORE review

14th July 2020 | 0 comments

The radical new IKO CORE headtorch looks like nothing else out there – well it does, it looks a bit like a Klingon battle cruiser in miniature – but not like any other headtorch…

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Suprabeam V3r review

3rd May 2013 | 0 comments

The Suprabeam weighs in at 184g but offers a massive 300 lumens of power. For your money you get the headtorch, a long cable, a spare Li-Poly battery, a carry case and a USB and car charger. I have found that it sits well on my head and have also used it on top of a climbing helmet…

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Petzl Nao review

5th May 2012 | 0 comments

Over the years headtorches have come on in leaps and bounds but when we first saw a demo of Petzl’s Nao at the ISPO trade show earlier in the year it was clear that this was another big leap forward…

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Arc’teryx Norvan 14 Hydration Vest review

1st August 2018 | 0 comments

The Arc’teryx Norvan range of products are positioned as “high performance trail running systems for extended high output in challenging terrain”. The Norvan 14 Hydration Vest, like other products in the range, appears to have been designed to occupy a slightly different space in the competitive ultra distance running market.

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Geigerrig Rig 500 review

23rd March 2012 | 0 comments

The big talking point about the new range of Geigerrig hydration bladders is that they use a pressurised system. As well as the normal tube that transports water from the bladder to your mouth, there’s a second tube that ends in a ‘power bulb’ which you squeeze to push air into the reservoir…

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Preparing for glacial crossing

18th March 2024 | 0 comments

Preparation for glacier crossing should be meticulously prepared and rehearsed, so that no time is wasted either setting up the basic moving-together system or any of the techniques that may subseqently follow…

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Testing the snow pack

18th October 2020 | 0 comments

There are a number of tests that can be done to assess the state of the snow. None of these should be taken in isolation, but used to help build up a picture of what the snow conditions in that immediate area are likely to be…

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Clove hitch

28th March 2020 | 0 comments

This is an extremely useful knot, and it is used throughout all areas of mountaineering. Its simplicity of tying, allied with its ease of adjustment, make it ideal to secure yourself to an anchor system. It can also be tied with one hand, a useful property when needing to arrange an anchor whilst holding on to the rock or an ice axe for security…

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Ueli Steck 1976-2017

30th April 2018 | 0 comments

We take a look back on the life of Ueli Steck, one of the greatest alpinists of his era and a much-loved character among mountaineering communities around the world…

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Deuter

18th December 2017 | 0 comments

From postbags to mountain peaks, Deuter has been creating bags for over 100 years. A market leader in Hiking, Mountaineering, Travel, and Bike packs, Deuter has redefined the rucksack market with its back-system technologies and use of quality materials.

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Scarpa

18th December 2017 | 0 comments

SCARPA, literally the Italian for ‘shoe’. Footwear innovation and tradition share equally deep roots at Scarpa, which today remains a family-owned company with its headquarters and performance footwear manufacturing facilities in the same regions of northern Italy where it all started in 1938.

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Houlding and team tame the Spectre

11th December 2017 | 0 comments

Leo Houlding and his teammates Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon have successfully climbed the Spectre in the Gothic Mountains in Antarctica. They achieved this via a route on the north side of the mountain and have now sent back images and a report to expedition partner Berghaus which can be viewed here.

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6 Of The Best: Ice Axes

2nd February 2021 | 0 comments

In the market for a new ice axe, or pair of technical tools? Will Harris chooses size models for six different mountain activities – here are his picks…

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The Big Question: Down or Synthetic?

9th November 2018 | 0 comments

Should you choose a down or synthetic insulated jacket this winter? It used to be an easy one: down was for cold, dry conditions where pack size and weight mattered and getting it wet was unlikely. It also helped if you had a bulging wallet.

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Snowcard Insurance

30th October 2017 | 0 comments

Snowcard has been insuring mountain sports adventure holidays since 1990 and as one of the UK’s longest running specialists in activity holiday travel insurance, Snowcard is regarded as one of the leading choices for insurance in the mountain sports community.

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The Lockdown Q&A – #9: Jon Gupta

15th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #8: Andy Cave

9th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #7: Steve Bate

8th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #6: Will Copestake

5th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #3: Alan Hinkes

1st June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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EXCLUSIVE! Leo Houlding Ulvetanna interview

13th November 2013 | 0 comments

With the premiere of ‘The Last Great Climb’ this week, Leo Houlding and Alastair Lee have – in Doug Scott’s words – “taken climbing films to a whole new level”. We spoke to Houlding over the summer about the incredible logistics and skill required to not only climb the fearsome north east ridge of Ulvetanna, but to film the whole adventure as well.

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The Lockdown Q&A – #9: Jon Gupta

15th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #8: Andy Cave

9th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #7: Steve Bate

8th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #6: Will Copestake

5th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #3: Alan Hinkes

1st June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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Tour du Mont Blanc

12th December 2017 | 0 comments

The Tour du Mont Blanc, which takes hikers on a spectacular circuit of Western Europe’s highest peak, is one of the best long-distance treks in the world and ranks at number 3 in Trek & Mountain’s Top 100 Treks poll.

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Gran Paradiso

8th August 2017 | 0 comments

Gran Paradiso is the highest summit of the Graian Alps which lie between Mont Blanc to the north and Dauphiné range to the south.

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Trek & Mountain 'Khumbu 3 Peaks 2016 Expedition' announced

14th May 2015 | 0 comments

Trek & Mountain has announced its most ambitious expedition for readers of the magazine yet: to climb not one – but THREE – 6,000m trekking peaks in the Khumbu Valley in spring 2016. The triple crown of the Khumbu Valley is an enviable mission taking on Mera Peak, Island Peak and Lobuche in one fantastic adventure of a lifetime. All three of …

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Kilimanjaro Kitlist

10th February 2013 | 0 comments

Whichever route you’re planning to trek, Kilimanjaro requires a range of essential gear to keep you warm and comfortable… Because of the different temperate zones on Kili, you need a range of clothing to cope as you may encounter everything from hot and sunny weather to wind and rain, to sub-zero temperatures. Luckily, you’ll have porters to carry your kitbag …

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T&M team summits Kili via Western Breach

1st February 2013 | 1 comment.

The first Trek & Mountain reader expedition ended in success this week, with all 6 members of the team summiting Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru peak on 29th January. The expedition, sponsored by leading outdoor brand Helly Hansen, took the most direct and toughest route up the mountain, the Umbwe route, before ascending to the crater rim by the infamous Western Breach, the …

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Trek & Mountain readers begin Kili The Hard Way trek

19th January 2013 | 0 comments

Having escaped a snowbound UK on Friday 18th, Trek & Mountain’s ‘Kili The Hard Way 2013’ team begin their adventure on Sunday with an acclimatisation trek up nearby Mt Meru, before readying themselves to tackle Kilimanjaro itself. Why ‘the hard way’, you may ask? Well, the route we have chosen for our first ever reader expedition is the little-trekked Umbwe …

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Kili The Hard Way blog – Brecon Beacons Training Weekend

11th January 2013 | 1 comment.

Team member Liz Miall writes about the last training weekend before the team heads off for Tanzania… Friday 4th January Christmas is all but done and dusted, the decorations are mostly down and only remnants of Christmas cake and the odd strawberry Quality Street remain. 2013 is heralded in with gusto and for me, a certain amount of trepidation because …

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Kili The Hard Way blog – Snowdonia training weekend

5th December 2012 | 0 comments

By Kili team-member Liz Miall   MINUS 2 MONTHS – 17TH–18TH NOVEMBER I thought this was going to be a bit of an assessment/selection weekend for Kili The Hard Way 2013 sponsored by Helly Hansen, but it turns out no – we’re in! The itinerary for the weekend starts at 7pm with a briefing, meet our leader for the weekend …

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Kilimanjaro Kitlist

10th February 2013 | 0 comments

Whichever route you’re planning to trek, Kilimanjaro requires a range of essential gear to keep you warm and comfortable… Because of the different temperate zones on Kili, you need a range of clothing to cope as you may encounter everything from hot and sunny weather to wind and rain, to sub-zero temperatures. Luckily, you’ll have porters to carry your kitbag …

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Monch Kitlist

12th August 2012 | 0 comments

Here’s our suggested kitlist for ‘easy’ classic alpine climbs such as the Bernese peak, the Monch   BASIC KIT Lightweight mountaineering boots – La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Semi-rigid crampons – Grivel G12 General mountaineering ice axe – Black Diamond Raven Backpack – Deuter Guide 30+ SL Softshell pants – Rab Vapour-Rise Guide Pants Softshell jacket – The North Face …

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Corsica GR20 Kitlist

7th June 2012 | 2 comments.

Planning to trek Corsica’s GR20? Here’s our complete list of gear to take… When planning your kit for the GR20, one decision to make is whether to carry camping gear or to sleep in refuges. If you’re going in the peak months (July and August) you should definitely carry a tent as you can’t pre-book refuges and so a bed …

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Clove hitch

28th March 2020 | 0 comments

This is an extremely useful knot, and it is used throughout all areas of mountaineering. Its simplicity of tying, allied with its ease of adjustment, make it ideal to secure yourself to an anchor system. It can also be tied with one hand, a useful property when needing to arrange an anchor whilst holding on to the rock or an ice axe for security…

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Figure-of-eight knot

18th October 2017 | 0 comments

This is an essential knot, and it can be tied in a number of ways. It is the main method that many people use when tying on to a harness, and when tied slightly differently it is a quick and effective method of tying on to anchors…

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Knowledge: How to choose a rope

15th September 2013 | 0 comments

IFMGA Guide Alun Richardson runs through the different types of ropes available and what they are best suited for… The increasing popularity and diversification of climbing has led to a broader selection of climbing ropes, each with its own characteristics. This choice undoubtedly has benefits, but it can make it difficult to decipher what’s on offer and how it relates …

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Issue 26 – March 2012

29th February 2012 | 0 comments

Patagonia Steve Razzetti explores the wild and remote Tierra del Fuego, as well as the more frequented Torres Del Paine and Los Glaciares national parks 10 Of The Best… Scottish Winter Ridges Dan Bailey picks out ten of his favourite ridges to climb in winter conditions, with a variety of grades Everest Base Camp Laura Crick gives an account of …

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The Lockdown Q&A – #9: Jon Gupta

15th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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The Lockdown Q&A – #8: Andy Cave

9th June 2020 | 0 comments

As we all continue to live with restrictions on our outdoor activities, we talk to some of the world’s best mountaineers and mountain athletes about what they are doing to stay fit and focused during the Covid crisis…

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Marloe Watch Company

14th August 2020 | 0 comments

Taking their name from the town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire, Marloe Watch Company is built upon two key values, rooted deeply within both founders’ lives; honesty and integrity.

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Haglöfs awarded Sustainability Brand of the Year

13th January 2015 | 0 comments

Passionate about manufacturing products ethically, Haglöfs is one of today’s most sustainable developers of well-made clothing and equipment for the mountains. During 2013, Haglöfs defined an array of tough sustainability goals. They aim to ensure that 50% of clothing products sold are made from recycled material, and 80% of clothing manufactured with bluesign®-approved materials. In addition, 50% of their hardware will be manufactured …

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Ueli Steck 1976-2017

30th April 2018 | 0 comments

We take a look back on the life of Ueli Steck, one of the greatest alpinists of his era and a much-loved character among mountaineering communities around the world…

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The Montane Spine Race is go!

14th January 2018 | 0 comments

They call it the UK’s most brutal race, and this weekend saw the start of the Montane Spine Race which organisers say features the most competitive line-up yet in its seven-year history.

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Deuter

18th December 2017 | 0 comments

From postbags to mountain peaks, Deuter has been creating bags for over 100 years. A market leader in Hiking, Mountaineering, Travel, and Bike packs, Deuter has redefined the rucksack market with its back-system technologies and use of quality materials.

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Preparing for glacial crossing

18th March 2024 | 0 comments

Preparation for glacier crossing should be meticulously prepared and rehearsed, so that no time is wasted either setting up the basic moving-together system or any of the techniques that may subseqently follow…

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Testing the snow pack

18th October 2020 | 0 comments

There are a number of tests that can be done to assess the state of the snow. None of these should be taken in isolation, but used to help build up a picture of what the snow conditions in that immediate area are likely to be…

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Clove hitch

28th March 2020 | 0 comments

This is an extremely useful knot, and it is used throughout all areas of mountaineering. Its simplicity of tying, allied with its ease of adjustment, make it ideal to secure yourself to an anchor system. It can also be tied with one hand, a useful property when needing to arrange an anchor whilst holding on to the rock or an ice axe for security…

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Mountain Kingdoms

3rd June 2018 | 0 comments

Mountain Kingdoms is an independent, UK based, small group adventure holiday specialist with over 30 years’ experience. Primarily offering worldwide walking holidays, pioneering and classic treks, and trekking peak expeditions.

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Ueli Steck 1976-2017

30th April 2018 | 0 comments

We take a look back on the life of Ueli Steck, one of the greatest alpinists of his era and a much-loved character among mountaineering communities around the world…

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Walking on a bearing

31st May 2017 | 0 comments

Hold the compass firmly in your hand in front of your body, making sure that there are no metal objects nearby. Rotate yourself until the needle sits in the correct manner over the arrow on the bottom of the housing, ensuring that you have the north end of the needle, often painted red, over the pointed part of the arrow…

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Ama Dablam

21st November 2017 | 0 comments

Often judged to be one of the world’s most beautiful mountains, Ama Dablam stands proud from its Himalayan neighbours, an austere pyramid of rock and ice.

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Everest

8th August 2017 | 0 comments

Known as Sargamatha (Nepal), Chomolungma (Tibet) or just ‘the world’s highest peak’, Everest rises to 8848m at its summit.

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Nutrition tips for big mountain days

2nd March 2018 | 0 comments

This article refers to those long back to back mountain days that are not an expedition but perhaps a weekend trip or consecutive days out on the mountain but back to accommodation daily, where it is possible to take food supplies and/or purchase from a local shop.

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Peak Profile: Ama Dablam

24th April 2019 | 0 comments

Often described as the most beautiful mountain in the world, the ‘Mother’s Necklace’ doesn’t allow mountaineers easy passage to her highly-prized summit…

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How to take better outdoor photos, part 1

18th October 2017 | 0 comments

The world of photography has changed – digital cameras have removed the mystique from the ‘good old days’ of film photography where photographers had to wait often a week after they returned home to see the results. Now, everybody with a phone or pocket camera can take a photograph, instantly examine it, and take the shot again if it isn’t correct…

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World Backpacker

6th August 2017 | 0 comments

At World Backpacker we aim to supply a comprehensive range of products to support your adventures, from a long weekend backpacking in the Lake District to an unsupported ‘by any means’ journey through South America – and everything in between. So whether you travel by plane, boat, bus, bike or on foot – we’ve got the kit that you need.

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Basecamp Gear

6th August 2017 | 0 comments

Basecamp Gear is a venture concerned with the supply of camping equipment designed to be used in remote places where quality and reliability are paramount. As our name suggests we supply equipment designed for extended stays in places accessed using vehicles or with limited trekking involved, from the Lake District to the Himalayas.

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Ultralight Outdoor Gear

3rd August 2017 | 0 comments

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Ltd. is a venture concerned with the supply of outdoor clothing and equipment for backpacking, trekking, adventure racing and adventure travel. As our name suggests we are only interested in supplying lightweight, functional, best quality gear that supports the concept of backpacking, trekking and travelling unhindered by traditional heavy loads and masses of equipment.

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Ellis Brigham

5th June 2017 | 0 comments

Over 80 years on and Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports is still going strong and is still proudly family owned. We’ve got the world’s best brands and the products that will make your time spent in the mountains even more rewarding. Across the UK we have a network of fantastic shops with friendly, knowledgeable staff that are all enthusiastic about the outdoors and inherently understand your needs.

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Clove hitch

28th March 2020 | 0 comments

This is an extremely useful knot, and it is used throughout all areas of mountaineering. Its simplicity of tying, allied with its ease of adjustment, make it ideal to secure yourself to an anchor system. It can also be tied with one hand, a useful property when needing to arrange an anchor whilst holding on to the rock or an ice axe for security…

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‘The Dawn Wall’ trailer

30th September 2018 | 0 comments

In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California.

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Deuter

18th December 2017 | 0 comments

From postbags to mountain peaks, Deuter has been creating bags for over 100 years. A market leader in Hiking, Mountaineering, Travel, and Bike packs, Deuter has redefined the rucksack market with its back-system technologies and use of quality materials.

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Scarpa

18th December 2017 | 0 comments

SCARPA, literally the Italian for ‘shoe’. Footwear innovation and tradition share equally deep roots at Scarpa, which today remains a family-owned company with its headquarters and performance footwear manufacturing facilities in the same regions of northern Italy where it all started in 1938.

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Houlding and team tame the Spectre

11th December 2017 | 0 comments

Leo Houlding and his teammates Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon have successfully climbed the Spectre in the Gothic Mountains in Antarctica. They achieved this via a route on the north side of the mountain and have now sent back images and a report to expedition partner Berghaus which can be viewed here.

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Andy Kirkpatrick: ‘Old School’

21st November 2017 | 1 comment.

The other day I found an old book on my shelf when its tatty green spine caught my eye as I thumbed across the shelf looking for something else. Many times before I had passed it by, but this time my eyes fixed on it and my book blindness, caused by its ever-presence, suddenly lifted…

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Petzl Grigri+ review

28th May 2017 | 0 comments

With the Grigri+, Petzl have fine-tuned their perennially-popular assisted- braking belay device, making it even easier to use for less experienced climbers.

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