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Arrive late, depart early, leave no trace, and try to avoid over-used areas. We should all strive to do this.  © Theo Moore

camping Free Access Versus Conservation - A Delicate Balance

With an onslaught of 'dirty campers', camper van convoys, and litter, familiar issues have come to a head in the Scottish Highlands this summer, while facilities to cope with the influx have been largely inadequate. As a result, calls have mounted for extreme measures such as regulated access and fees. Emily Donoho asks: are the ideals of pub...


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Abandoned camp in the trossachs  © Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park

camping Bans are not the Answer to Problem Camping

Across the UK, informal roadside camping has become a hot topic in recent months - and for all the wrong reasons. Well-publicised issues with litter, human waste, wildfires and antisocial behaviour are leading some to call for a legislative sol...

Faraz reflecting over a campfire in the Gobi desert.  © Emmanuel Berthier
Faraz reflecting over a campfire in the Gobi desert.  © Emmanuel Berthier

No Country for Brown (Wo)Men?

Travel writer, adventurer and human rights barrister Faraz Shibli considers a recent Countryfile report on the fact that people from minority communities visit the countryside less – and asks what ethnic minorities in nature have in common with women's...

A non-local walk in the Crianlarich hills might be enough to get you charged by police, as two walkers recently discovered  © Dan Bailey
A non-local walk in the Crianlarich hills might be enough to get you charged by police, as two walkers recently discovered  © Dan Bailey

Scotland's Outdoor Restrictions are Senseless and Unjustifiable

Access and conservation campaigner Nick Kempe feels that hill-goers in Scotland are being unfairly penalised by the Scottish Government's restrictive attitude to travel and the outdoors, a lockdown regime that contrasts...

James McHaffie and Ben Bransby get stuck in at Crack Fest 2020.  © Pete Whittaker
James McHaffie and Ben Bransby get stuck in at Crack Fest 2020.  © Pete Whittaker

The Future of Competition Climbing - Crack is Back

WideBoy and crack connoisseur Pete Whittaker makes the case for more cracks in climbing...

Grouse - what it's all about  © Scottish Land and Estates
Grouse - what it's all about  © Scottish Land and Estates

Grouse Moors - Benign Tradition or Eco Disaster?

Can grouse shooting ever be compatible with 21st Century environmental concerns? We've asked an opponent of the...

Sunrise this morning over hen cloud from the Roaches  © Mike Hutton Images
Sunrise this morning over hen cloud from the Roaches  © Mike Hutton Images

The Landscapes Review - The Future of National Parks is in Our Hands

The Glover Review is the first official appraisal in 70 years of the way England runs its...

Has roadside camping become a victim of its own popularity?  © Dan Bailey
Has roadside camping become a victim of its own popularity?  © Dan Bailey

Roadside Camping Bans - The Case For and Against

Anti social camping has become a hot topic in recent years, but what's the solution? We've asked a proponent of camping...

Jumping for joy on Glaramara  © Ice Nine
Jumping for joy on Glaramara  © Ice Nine

What Makes the Lake District a World-Class Destination?

A bulldozed track on the Bealach Horn below Foinaven, once one of the wild places of the far north  © Dan Bailey
A bulldozed track on the Bealach Horn below Foinaven, once one of the wild places of the far north  © Dan Bailey

When Will Politicians Get a Grip on Hill Tracks?

Self portrait as an anti-selfie, Cederberg, South Africa  © Dave Pickford
Self portrait as an anti-selfie, Cederberg, South Africa  © Dave Pickford

Outside The Panopticon: An argument for living and climbing without social media

Glen Etive - it's certainly scenic, but how 'wild' is it?  © Dan Bailey
Glen Etive - it's certainly scenic, but how 'wild' is it?  © Dan Bailey

It's Time to Go Beyond 'Wilderness'

A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating
A family outdoor adventure is much better than an afternoon playing Minecraft  © Rachel Crolla & Carl McKeating

Why You Should Get Out More With the Kids

The lower terraces of the Allt a' Chaorainn  © David Lintern
The lower terraces of the Allt a' Chaorainn  © David Lintern

Glen Etive Hydro: a Symbol of Sacrifices to Come

Maybe some moments actually aren't worth sharing after all...?  © Dan Bailey
Maybe some moments actually aren't worth sharing after all...?  © Dan Bailey

The Trouble with Social Media in the Outdoors

Rescue in the clouds  © johnhenderson
Rescue in the clouds  © johnhenderson

When Should Mountain Rescue Refuse a Call-Out?

Zofia Reych: 'It was on social media that I first saw a strong and confident female climber.'  © Andy Day
Zofia Reych: 'It was on social media that I first saw a strong and confident female climber.'  © Andy Day

Cutting-Edge Climbing or Insta-fame?

Lochan nan Cat - an inspiring outdoor image perhaps, but how sustainable is the kit that kept me warm shooting it?  © Tomas Frydrych
Lochan nan Cat - an inspiring outdoor image perhaps, but how sustainable is the kit that kept me warm shooting it?  © Tomas Frydrych

How Green is Your Gear? Not Very

The Open Forum event.  © BMC
The Open Forum event.  © BMC

The BMC - Rolling with the Times?

Bullying in the climbing community  © UKC Articles
Bullying in the climbing community  © UKC Articles

Athlete Loses Sponsorship for Bullying: A Response to the Response


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