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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 reading list 2019  © Dan Bailey

Christmas Books - Our Recommendations

From inspiring new guides, both rock and hill, to biography, fiction and poetry, staff at UKC/UKH pick their favourite titles of the last year. Whether you're stuck for present ideas or writing your own note to Santa, these are our top seasonal reads.


Latest Reviews

These are reviews from the UKC editorial team

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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 that confronts live issues in the debate around upland conservation, land ownership and re-wilding.

Lake District Bouldering cover photo  © Greg Chapman
Lake District Bouldering cover photo  © Greg Chapman

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 quantity, quality and diversity of the area, says Rob Greenwood.

Kinder cover shot  © Vertebrate
Kinder cover shot  © Vertebrate

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 Kocsis. And the photos do it more than justice too.

Rob in his natural element  © Rob Greenwood
Rob in his natural element  © Rob Greenwood

Christmas Books - Our Recommendations

From inspiring new rock guides and big name autobiographies, through glossy photography books to some fascinating...

Waymaking  © UKC Articles
Waymaking  © UKC Articles

Waymaking - A Women's Adventure Writing Anthology

Waymaking, an anthology of women's adventure writing and art, is the first book of its kind. Does its gendered...

Tides   © Vert
Tides   © Vert

Tides, A Climber's Voyage by Nick Bullock

Rob Greenwood takes a look at Nick Bullock's award winning Tides, the follow-up to his first book Echoes.

The Ogre montage  © Vertebrate
The Ogre montage  © Vertebrate

The Ogre by Doug Scott

Thought you'd heard everything about that infamous 1977 expedition? This short, beautifully presented account from Doug Scott himself...


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Jerry Moffatt Mastermind interview + Signed Copies of Mastermind available

Mastermind by climbing legend Jerry Moffatt is a guide to mental training for climbers. Drawing on his own personal experiences, as well as inspiring stories from the current elite of the sport including Alex Megos, Adam Ondra, Alex Honnold and Ba...

30% off select titles at Vertebrate Publishing

Twenty stocking-sized gifts for outdoor adventurers

Vertebrate Book Deals  © Vertebrate Publishing
Vertebrate Book Deals  © Vertebrate Publishing

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 entertained while outdoor play is postponed, we're running a series of buy one get one free and buy two get one free deals on related...

Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker thumbnail  © Vertebrate Publishing
Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker thumbnail  © Vertebrate Publishing

Pre-order now: Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker

Crack Climbing by Pete Whittaker provides a single point of reference for all crack climbing techniques,...

New children's book features fourteen females adventurers

Gwen Moffat | Helen Sharman | Anna McNuff | Sarah Outen | Ellen MacArthur

Punk in the Gym Review  © UKC Gear
Punk in the Gym Review  © UKC Gear

The Bells! The Bells! – An extract from Andy Pollitt's Punk in the Gym

Following the release of Nick Brown's Statement of Youth, Andy shares an extract...

Simon McCartney and Mirella Tenderini  © Vertebrate Publishing
Simon McCartney and Mirella Tenderini  © Vertebrate Publishing

Triple award win for Simon McCartney's The Bond

The Bond becomes the first book to win the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature, the Mountain and...


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Natalie Berry and Chris Prescott enjoying the Frison-Roche on the Brévent  © Jan Geerts
Natalie Berry and Chris Prescott enjoying the Frison-Roche on the Brévent  © Jan Geerts

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...

Excerpt from The Bond  © Vertebrate Publishing
Excerpt from The Bond  © Vertebrate Publishing

Article Exclusive Exerpt from 'The Bond' by Simon McCartney

Exclusive Excerpt from 'The Bond' by Simon McCartney

Andy Pollitt  © UKC Articles
Andy Pollitt  © UKC Articles

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.

The team and trucks, ready to depart for Tibesti  © Vertebrate Publishing
The team and trucks, ready to depart for Tibesti  © Vertebrate Publishing

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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