Stocking fillers: 10 books for people who'd rather be outdoors

Know someone who would prefer to spend Christmas afternoon out on the hills than in front of the TV? Vertebrate Publishing has selected ten books (well, nine plus one series) that will make ideal festive gifts for the outdoor-inclined. And for details of how to get 30% off, scroll down to the bottom ...

The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland, 97 kb
1. The Great Mountain Crags of Scotland

Perfect for … Climbers with an appetite for inspiring lines in wild locations and with an interest in Scotland’s rich mountain heritage.

What’s inside? A celebration of climbing in Scotland’s wild places. Featuring contributions from many of Scottish mountaineering’s great writers and climbers, and beautifully illustrated with breathtaking large-format photography, it delves deep into the heart of some of the oldest mountains on Earth.
Mont Blanc – The Finest Routes, 146 kb
2. Mont Blanc – The Finest Routes

Perfect for … Climbers of varying abilities looking to plan challenging rock, snow, ice and mixed-route itineraries in the Mont Blanc Massif.

What’s inside? A collection of 100 must-do climbing routes in the Mont Blanc Massif. Author and mountain guide Philippe Batoux provides a comprehensive account of each route, outlining its history and atmosphere and giving all the technical information needed to climb it. These written descriptions are complemented by photo diagrams, detailed topos and evocative large-format photography.
Classic Rock, 121 kb


3. Classic Rock

Perfect for … Everyone who loves trad, regardless of climbing grade.

What’s inside? Ken Wilson’s Classic Rock is one of the most popular and iconic works of climbing literature ever written. Containing many of the UK’s best-loved lower-grade routes, it offers a repository of adventure and spectacle that can provide a lifetime’s enjoyment. This latest edition has been transformed with over 300 new colour photos. These sit alongside archive images to create an inspirational dialogue between today’s climbers and those of history.

Lake District Mountain Landscape, 155 kb

4. Lake District Mountain Landscape

Perfect for … Those who enjoy escaping to the Lakes.

What’s inside? A spectacular photographic perspective on the Lake District from award-winning mountain photographer and filmmaker Alastair Lee. More than five years in the making, Alastair Lee renews and redefines the magic of this much-loved landscape.

Villager Jim’s Peak District, 69 kb
5. Villager Jim’s Peak District

Perfect for … People with a passion for British wildlife, the Peak District, and flawlessly composed nature photography.

What’s inside? A collection of over 180 photographs from Villager Jim ‘the Banksy of the photography world’. Sneaking about at dawn and dusk, Jim has captured images of his local Peak District that reveal the wilder side of Europe’s busiest national park.

Lake District Climbs and Scrambles, 156 kb


6. Lake District Climbs and Scrambles

Perfect for … Climbers, hill walkers and scramblers wanting a full-value day out in the most spectacular and unspoiled Lakeland settings.

What’s inside? A perfect pocket-sized guide containing the best scrambles and easy climbs in the Lake District with walking loops to give twenty superb ‘mountaineering’ days out on the Cumbrian fells. Each route runs from valley floor to mountain top, with the ascent made via a classic scramble or climb.The routes feature Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, photo topos and easy-to-follow directions, along with route profiles and local information.

The Tilman Series, 175 kb
7. The Tilman Series

Perfect for … Your eccentric uncle who wears corduroy knickerbockers, smokes a pipe, and has a disdain for safety regulations and political correctness.

What’s inside? Bill Tilman was among the greatest adventurers of his time, a pioneering mountaineer and sailor who held exploration above all else. His writing represents some of the finest tales of adventure and discovery from the last century. Of the sixteen books due to be published under the new Tilman series, four are now available to buy: Snow on the EquatorMischief in PatagoniaThe Ascent of Nanda Devi and Mischief Among the Penguins.
Lure of the Mountains, 29 kb

8. Lure of the Mountains

Perfect for
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What's inside? The first published biography of accomplished photographer, ornithologist, teacher and 1924 Everest expedition member Bentley Beetham (1886–1963). Beetham’s images of Tibet taken during the 1924 expedition provide ‘an important historical record of Tibetan culture and a way of life that in modern times has rapidly begun to disappear’. Beetham was a highly skilled rock climber and a pioneer of new routes in the Borrowdale Valley, where he established such notable climbs as Little Chamonix on Shepherd’s Crag, and Corvus on Raven Crag. 

In Some Lost Place, 184 kb
9. In Some Lost Place

Perfect for … Anyone looking to be inspired by the spirit of mountaineering adventure and the human drive for survival. Not to mention those seeking reassurance that pushing sixty need not mean an end to mountaineering epics.

What’s inside? Sandy Allan’s account of an extraordinary feat of endurance and commitment at the very limits of survival. Shortlisted for the 2015 Boardman Tasker Prize, the book reveals the story behind the first ascent of one of the last challenges in the Himalaya: the giant Mazeno Ridge on Nanga Parbat.  
The Everest Files, 35 kb
10. The Everest Files

Perfect for … Adventure/mountain obsessed 9-14 year olds. 

What's inside? One for younger readers, Matt Dickinson’s book is a thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest. It was awarded 4/5 stars by The Telegraph and praised by Brian Blessed as 'a terrific book [that] brings the mountain to life for young readers in a fresh and wonderful way'.


CHRISTMAS OFFER: Get 30% off any of these books when you buy direct from Vertebrate. Just enter code FILLMYSTOCKING at checkout. Free postage on all UK mainland orders. Offer ends 14 December 2015 and only applies to full-price books.

For the complete list of books included in this offer, click HERE.

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