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opinion Are the Lake District Fells Too Busy?

Scafell Pike on a sunny Bank Holiday can be more manic than the cities people left to get there. As increasing numbers flock to the fells, has the Lake District become a victim of its own popularity? Is this any longer a place to visit for those who value the peace and freedom of the open hills? Look beyond the headlining summits, says Matt P...


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It's The End of An Era For Cairngorm Bothies - And The Start of a New One

Over several decades a dedicated band of hill-goers has been gradually restoring the network of huts in Scotland's most Arctic mountain range. The major work may now be over, but that's far from the end of the bothy story in the Cairngorms, say...

opinion How Much is Just Enough? In Defence of the Ultralight Philosophy

Cutting out the clutter is not just about taking weight off your shoulders to allow more mileage. There's a zen-like beauty in minimalist backpacking too, says Norman Hadley.

Bagging - Going Beyond the Cult of the Summit

What does it mean to know a mountain? Norman Hadley tentatively asks whether we can be a bit over-focused on reaching the top as directly as possible, to the detriment of a deeper appreciation.

Language In Praise of the GĂ idhlig

As we roam the Highlands, it's worth being mindful of the linguistic heritage beneath our boots, says Norman Hadley. You can be...

The eGrader Calculator - Rebooting E-Grades with Linear Consistency

A group of top UK trad climbers including Neil Gresham, James Pearson, Steve McClure...

conservation Is a Lynx Reintroduction Likely, and How Might it Work?

Across Europe the lynx is making a comeback. Why not in the woods and hills of the UK too? Following...

opinion Words and Phrases That Should Never be Heard in the Outdoors

"From pretentious climbing jargon and lazy walker's cliches to silly marketing guff, we all have pet hates...

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