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Vertebrate Publishing is an award-winning independent publisher and the UK’s leading publisher of outdoor adventure books and guides. 

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Christmas Books - Our Top Picks of 2021

Despite Covid-19, 2021 has been a good year for outdoor literature. From inspiring new guidebooks to historical biographies, accounts of epic journeys to mountain-related fiction, the team at UKClimbing and UKHillwalking pick their stand-out titles of the last 12 months.

Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

Day Walks in the Cairngorms

The latest title in Vertebrate Publishing's Day Walks series, this pocket guide both celebrates these very special mountains, and invites you to explore them more deeply, says Dan Bailey.  

The Evidence of Things Not Seen - W.H. Murray

A read of Murray's memoir during these strange times throws up striking parallels between the POW of World War II and the lockdown we now experience. As Murray might have written, our time to truly go home, to return to the mountains, will only...

Hard Rock, 4th Edition - by Ian Parnell

Hard Rock is now in its fourth edition. It would have been easy to consign this classic tome to history, says Rob Greenwood, but instead by including all new photography and a choice selection of new routes, Ian Parnell and Vertebrate have brought it...

Christmas Books - Our Recommendations

From inspiring new guides, both rock and hill, to biography, fiction and poetry, staff at UKC/UKH pick their favourite...

Sky Dance, by John D. Burns

Rob Greenwood makes a rare visit to the world of mountain fiction, and finds it less fictional than he'd feared. Sky Dance is a novel...

Lake District Bouldering

The Lake District is a bouldering backwater no longer, and this inspiring guide is the first resource out there to do full justice to the...

Kinder Scout, The People's Mountain

Whilst much has been written about Kinder in the past, this is now the definitive work on the People's Mountain, says Martin...

Latest News

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Pre-order now: The Beaches of Wales

The complete guide to every beach and cove around the Welsh coastline

The Climbing Bible - Technical, physical and mental training for rock climbing

Want to improve your climbing technique? The Climbing Bible collates the best European training techniques into one book with information on how to specifically train for the technical, physical and mental...

Never Leave the Dog Behind: Our love of dogs and mountains

Helen Mort, the multi-award-winning poet and author of Division Street and Black Car Burning, is offering you a unique opportunity to have a photo of you and your dog printed in her new book, Never Leave the Dog...

Ten ways to keep yourself entertained if you're self-isolating

If you're currently self-isolating, here our our recommendations to keep you...

Jerry Moffatt Mastermind interview + Signed Copies of Mastermind available

Mastermind by climbing legend Jerry Moffatt is a guide to mental training for...

30% off select titles at Vertebrate Publishing

Twenty stocking-sized gifts for outdoor adventurers

Book bundles from Vertebrate

With wetter than average weather expected all autumn/winter long, getting outside hasn't been easy of late. To keep you...


Articles featuring this brand

Article Roger Frison-Roche - First on the Rope

Natalie Berry reviews Vertebrate Publishing's new English edition of Roger Frison-Roche's classic Premier de Cordée, but gets a bit distracted en route by his remarkable life...

Article Exclusive Exerpt from 'The Bond' by Simon McCartney

Exclusive Excerpt from 'The Bond' by Simon McCartney

Product News Andy Pollitt - Punk in the Gym - Exclusive Extract

In this exclusive extract from his new book - Punk in the Gym - Andy Pollitt takes us back to times past and his relationship with the late and great Paul Williams.

Doug Scott: The Hard Road to Everest - Autobiography Extract

A veteran of 45 expeditions to the high mountains of Asia, Doug Scott is one of Britain's greatest high altitude mountaineers. He has reached the highest peaks on all seven continents – 'the seven summits' – and was part of the first...

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