Skills

  • Q&A: Fell Top Assessor Zac Poulton

    Q&A: Fell Top Assessor Zac Poulton

    2nd December 2020

    The Great Outdoors speaks to Zac Poulton of the Lake District National Park Authority’s fell top assessors team about what it’s like to have ‘the best job in the world’ – and how hillwalkers can stay safe in the fells…

  • Hill fitness: top 10 tips

    Hill fitness: top 10 tips

    18th November 2020

    Looking to take on a hillwalking challenge, increase your winter walking stamina or just feel a little bit less knackered at the end of a long hike? James Forrest, fresh from completing a record-breaking self-supported round of the Wainwrights, shares…

  • How to pack for fastpacking

    How to pack for fastpacking

    11th November 2020

    ‘Fastpacking’ is a step up from ultralight backpacking, combining a lightweight approach with extra speed. Jenny Tough explains how to pack for fastpacking – with a little help from British gear brand Montane.   

  • Cloud inversions: a spotter’s guide

    Cloud inversions: a spotter’s guide

    3rd November 2020

    Cloud inversions are among the most magical weather phenomena that a hillwalker can experience – and autumn brings your best chance of seeing one. We asked MWIS forecaster Garry Nicholson to share his inversion bagging advice. 

  • How to use digital navigation safely

    How to use digital navigation safely

    16th July 2020

    Digital navigation tools, used properly, can be an important part of navigating safely. Here, Alex Roddie gives some tips for how to get the most out of them.

  • Wild camping for beginners: essential tips

    Wild camping for beginners: essential tips

    7th July 2020

    Where can you camp? What should you take? Is wild camping legal – and how have coronavirus restrictions changed the situation? If you’re new to the idea of camping in the wild, here’s what you need to know. 

  • How to start packrafting

    How to start packrafting

    17th June 2020

    Packrafting can transform the way you explore wild land. We asked adventurer and experienced packrafter Mark Waring for his tips on how to get started.

  • 16 steps to avoid making mistakes in winter  

    16 steps to avoid making mistakes in winter  

    6th January 2020

    The team from Scotland’s national outdoor training centre, Glenmore Lodge, take us through the steps you need to take to have a safe and fun day on the hills in winter conditions.  

  • How to endure British mountain weather – and even enjoy it

    How to endure British mountain weather – and even enjoy it

    25th November 2019

    Let’s be honest, hiking in Britain inevitably involves confronting some pretty crap weather. With an unpredictable winter approaching, here are our tips for enduring – even enjoying – the ever-changing, never-boring climate of our hills and mountains.     For better or worse, there’s no doubt that this Atlantic archipelago we…

  • Britain’s Mountain Black Spots 

    Britain’s Mountain Black Spots 

    25th October 2019

    Where are you statistically most likely to have an accident in the British hills and mountains? Sarah Stirling talks to Mountain Rescue teams in Scotland, Wales and the Lake District to find out which accident ‘black spots’ they repeatedly return to – and why they aren’t always the most…

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