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We go to great lengths to pick our top reads of the year  © Dan Bailey

Christmas Books - Our Top Picks of 2020

If lockdowns have hit our outdoor lives this year, then at least many of us have had more time for reading. In our annual festive feature, staff and contributors at UKClimbing and UKHillwalking review their favourite books of 2020. It's a varied selection with something for everyone, from runners to boulderers, trad climbers to summit baggers...


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The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland montage  © Scottish Mountaineering Press

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland 

"Even if you're only vaguely into Scottish rock climbing, I can't see how your life is going to be complete without this book" says Rob Greenwood.

Uncoiling the Ropes montage  © Clare Sheridan
Uncoiling the Ropes montage  © Clare Sheridan

Uncoiling the Ropes - memoir of trailblazing Irish climber Clare Sheridan

Clare Sheridan has been a leading Irish climber for decades, coming of age in an era when girls, they were told, ought not to climb. If you're looking for a climbing role model, says Hilary Sharp, look no...

Lines and lines and lines and lines and lines at Frews Flutes, Ben Lomond  © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing
Lines and lines and lines and lines and lines at Frews Flutes, Ben Lomond  © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing

Adventures at the Edge of the World - A History of Tasmanian Rock Climbing

This immense volume does full justice to the rich history and sky high quality of one of the world's great rock climbing destinations, says Rob Greenwood.

4th Edition  © Baton Wicks
4th Edition  © Baton Wicks

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...

Christmas reading list 2019  © Dan Bailey
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...

Blood, Sweat and Smears cover shot  © Gary Gibson
Blood, Sweat and Smears cover shot  © Gary Gibson

Blood, Sweat and Smears by Gary Gibson

David Price enjoys the autobiography of Gary Gibson, one of British climbing's most prolific and controversial figures.

Sky Dance  © Vertebrate Publishing
Sky Dance  © Vertebrate Publishing

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...


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Ben Eighe Landscape  © Rockfax/SMC

SMC's Highland Scrambles North now available on Rockfax Digital

Over the past year the Scottish Mountaineering Club (SMC) has been working with Rockfax to digitise their back catalogue of climbing guidebooks. Earlier this year Scottish Sport Climbs was added to Rockfax Digital, joining Scottish Wint...

3x2  © Scottish Mountaineering Press
3x2  © Scottish Mountaineering Press

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland 

The Great Sea Cliffs of Scotland is published by Scottish Mountaineering Press, a subsidiary of Scottish-registered charity Scottish Mountaineering Trust. Scottish Mountaineering Press are passionate advocates for Scotland's stunning mountainous...

Weird rope work, holds that are just out of reach - just a little tease  © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing
Weird rope work, holds that are just out of reach - just a little tease  © Rob Greenwood - UKClimbing

New Scottish Rock on Rockfax Digital

The Scottish Mountaineering Club have released a selection of crags from Scottish Rock Climbs on the Rockfax app. Scottish Rock Climbs is the SMC's select rock guide and covers the best rock climbing Scotland.

Never leave the dog behind  © Vertebrate Publishing
Never leave the dog behind  © Vertebrate Publishing

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

Helen Mort, the multi-award-winning poet and author of Division...

Tears of the Dawn  © SMT Publications
Tears of the Dawn  © SMT Publications

Tears of the Dawn by Jules Lines - 2nd Edition

Julian Lines is one of Britain's most accomplished free solo climbers and over many years has...

Vertebrate isolation thumb  © Vertebrate Publishing
Vertebrate isolation thumb  © Vertebrate Publishing

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

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

Half Dome  © Tessa Lyons
Half Dome  © Tessa Lyons

5 Best-selling Tessa Lyons Crag Prints AVAILABLE NOW

Get some presents sorted, feed an artist, everyone's a winner! These prints serve as a little reminder...


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