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***Shortlisted for the Great Outdoors Book of the Year*** Surviving in the wild takes a great deal of strength. Often faced with frozen tundra, sweltering deserts, humid jungles, perilous mountains and fast-flowing rivers, Megan Hine is no stranger to perilous conditions. Whilst leading expeditions and bushcraft survival courses and in her work on television shows such as Bear Gryll's Mission Survive and Running Wild, she has explored the corners of the globe in pursuit of adventure. Faced with the toughest of conditions: bad weather; lack of food and being in the presence of predators, is the ultimate test of character and often the biggest challenge to overcome is in the head. In these situations, the human brain is simultaneously the greatest asset and biggest liability. Not everyone is suited to the great outdoors and when danger calls many aren't as well-equipped to survive, no amount of top of the range kit will save you if you don't have the right frame of mind. Here Megan Hine examines the human ability and instinct for survival, showing us how others have developed the attitudes and attributes to thrive in the most dangerous situations, and how those same attitudes and attributes help them confront problems and obstacles at work and at home. Being chased through the jungle by armed opium farm guards, abseiling past bears and lighting fires with tampons, Megan has seen and done it all. In Mind of a Survivor she takes you along for a series of life-and-death adventures and shows you what happens to people when they are pushed to their limits. Inspirational rather than instructional, Megan examines the human ability and instinct for survival sharing the life tools that she uses and showing how they can as easily be applied to more domestic everyday life - from careers to relationships, from overcoming adversity to decision making. Filled with her own experiences, Mind of a Survivor is packed full of adventure and can help people survive in any situation and cope with whatever life throws at them.
These forty walks in England's glorious Lake District will take you to a range of lakes, peaks, rivers, tarns and waterfalls and introduce you to the haunts of many of the writers and poets who have loved and celebrated the area and made it such a strong cultural as well as natural attraction. Each walk has its own distinctive mood and character and is easily accomplished in an afternoon or in a long summer evening. None of them scale the highest mountains but they will take you to many lakeshores and several of the lower peaks, which regardless of their height, provide immense views and the satisfaction of reaching a summit.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Map at 25k scale with challenge routes highlighted. OS 50k scale mapping is doubled in size to produce a 25k map but the features, text and logos are now doubled in size making them much easier to read under challenge conditions. Y3P 12 Hour Challenge Route, and its options for ascending Whernside, are added and specially highlighted so that the route stands out against the OS background map. Then we add any additional detail you might need including the popular Challenge starting points of the Pen Y Ghent Cafe, Station Inn and Hill Inn. On the reverse of the map sheet are the Challenge and OS Legends, cover design, and an access map (approx 60k scale) for road access from the nearest towns of Ingleton and Settle. The result is a double sided 600mm by 600mm OSlike Super-Durable Map. We then print the map design on a 100 micron plastic substrate using a special UV curing inks process on the UK's only press capable of using this latest technology. The result is a lightweight map that is both waterproof and tearproof, and fully recyclable, that will survive anything your 3 Peaks Challenge can throw at it and afterwards will fold up like new.
Seasoned adventurer Alastair Humphreys pushes himself to his very limits - busking his way across Spain with a violin he can barely play. In 1935 a young Englishman named Laurie Lee arrived in Spain. He had never been overseas; had hardly even left the quiet village he grew up in. His idea was to walk through the country, earning money for food by playing his violin in bars and plazas. Nearly a century later, the book Laurie Lee wrote - As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning - inspired Alastair Humphreys. It made him fall in love with Spain - the landscapes and the spirit - and with Laurie's style of travel. He travelled slow, lived simply, slept on hilltops, relished spontaneity, and loved conversations with the different people he met along the hot and dusty road. For 15 years, Alastair dreamed of retracing Laurie Lee's footsteps, but could never get past the hurdle of being distinctly unmusical. This year, he decided to go anyway. The journey was his most terrifying yet, risking failure and humiliation every day, and finding himself truly vulnerable to the rhythms of the road and of his own life. But along the way, he found humility, redemption and triumph. It was a very good adventure.
Anyone who spends time beside the sea knows there’s a wealth of
‘treasure’ to be found, be it natural or manufactured, living or
washed up. Beachcombing in South Africa is a friendly guide to the
seashore’s rich pickings.
"2000 Plus Wales" is a comprehensive, full-colour map of all Welsh summits over 2000ft based on information from "The Mountains of England and Wales - Volume 1 Wales" by John and Anne Nuttall - an invaluable tool for outdoor enthusiasts to plan their next ascent and track their progress. This first edition (and companion to "2000 Plus England" also by the same author), depicts all 190 summits in Wales over 2000ft, comprising 93 main peaks and 97 subsidiary tops. Also included for the enthusiast are 91 minor summits over 2000ft but with insufficient re-ascent to merit similar status. Mountain profiles are interspersed between a comprehensive list of all summits, providing an instantly recognisable silhouette of the mountain ranges and their relative positions. The list also includes heights and a symbol to capture summits attained. Layer tints highlight the relief of the rugged mountain landscape of Wales and the geographical distribution of all summits. All this within a glossy protective card cover. Further information includes road and rail routes; hostels; coverage of relevant Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 Landranger maps; a simple co-ordinate reference system to relate the summits to the map and vice versa. This is the most comprehensive map of the Welsh mountains available. To promote safety in the hills, information about Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) can be found on the inside cover.
LONGLISTED IN THE ADVENTURE TRAVEL CATEGORY OF THE 2017 BANFF MOUNTAIN BOOK AWARDS SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER BY THE AUTHOR OF WALKING THE HIMALAYAS, WINNER OF THE 2016 EDWARD STANFORD ADVENTURE TRAVEL BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'Levison Wood has breathed new life into adventure travel.' Michael Palin Walking the Americas chronicles Levison Wood's 1,800 mile trek along the spine of the Americas, through eight countries, from Mexico to Colombia, experiencing some of the world's most diverse, beautiful and unpredictable places. His journey took him from violent and dangerous cities to ancient Mayan ruins lying still unexplored in the jungles of Mexico and Guatemala. He encountered members of indigenous tribes, migrants heading towards the US border and proud Nicaraguan revolutionaries on his travels, where at the end of it all, he attempted to cross one of the most impenetrable borders on earth: the Darien Gap route from Panama into South America. This trek required every ounce of Levison Wood's guile, tact, strength and resilience in one of the most raw, real and exciting journeys of his life.
Walk Ambleside, Rydal and Grasmere is a practical walking guidebook to twenty walks in the Lake District around and above Ambleside, Waterhead, Rydal and Grasmere. Including all the classic high tops, the low fells and easy valley walks around lake, wood, waterfall and tarn, each walk is presented on a double page spread with clear description, excellent map, and inspirational photographs.This is the second book in the "WALK THE" series, following the release of Walk the Langdales with Bill Birkett.
Kirstenbosch is a name that resonates round the world as the home of a uniquely rich flora in a setting of unsurpassed beauty, and in 2013 Kirstenbosch celebrates its 100th anniversary. This centenary publication tells the story of its establishment, its setbacks and triumphs, its benefactors and heros. It outlines the Garden's scientific eminence – as the repository of knowledge on our prized flora – and details the many attractions that make it a favourite destination for Capetonians and visitors alike.
With a finely crafted text by acclaimed ecologist Brian Huntley, and lavishly illustrated with photographs and artworks that tell the history and reflect the beauty of the Garden, this will be a sought-after volume – a quality memento for visitors to Kirstenbosch and a keepsake for the many thousands of locals who flock there annually. Beautifully presented in a colourful dustjacket, this book will be a tasteful, all-occasions gift, and one to cherish.
This is the 2010, 2nd edition of the full-colour handbook for walkers and runners in the Welsh 3000s traverse, the Paddy Buckley Round, The Snowdon Horseshoe, Snowdon Ascents and the Welsh 1000 metres race. Roy Clayton guides walkers through the route, while experienced fell runner, Ronald Turnbull, gives the necessary advice for runners, and for walkers who wish to step up the pace in the tradition of the greats like Joss Naylor, Eric Beard and Colin Donnelly. The original "Welsh Three Thousand Foot Challenges" book has already been a success, with several reprints. This new edition includes up-to-date information with colour photographs and maps bringing the stunning mountain scenery to life. If you want to do the Welsh Three Thousands and you want to know how to train to do a fast time, or you just want to make sure you have a good chance of a successful completion, this book is the only choice.
The beautifully varied Cleveland Way winds for over a hundred miles around the North York Moors National Park, from the ancient moorland town of Helmsley to the seafront at Filey, passing stunning historic sites like Helmsley Castle and Rievaulx Abbey along the way. Attractive farmland, woods and heather moorland, a blaze of purple in late-summer, dominate the first half of the walk, later replaced by dramatic cliffs, secluded coves and sandy beaches. This comprehensive, fully updated official guide is the only companion you need - whether you're interested in the industrial history of ironstone mining, or a weekend stroller seeking a coastal walk out of the seaside resort of Scarborough. Ordnance Survey maps for the whole route Background information on everything from archaeology to wildlife Comprehensive information on places of interest, public transport and accommodation Lavish colour photography throughout
More than 100 walks across the length and breadth of Britain's lost railway lines. Each walk includes a short history of the railway before it closed, a description of what can be seen along it today, practical details such as car parking, access by public transport, a detailed route map and historical and modern day photographs. 4,500 miles of railway and 2,000 stations were closed between 1963 and the mid-1970s. While many of these still remain hidden away in the undergrowth or have been lost to road improvements and urban or industrial development, a growing number continue to be slowly reopened both as recreational footpaths and cycleways and as wildlife corridors. Some of our lost railways have also been incorporated into long distance paths, while they all form wildlife corridors in which butterflies, birds, small mammals and wild flowers flourish. They all provide a perfect setting to enjoy a day's walk in the countryside. This extended second edition with 8 new routes including Canterbury to Whitstable, Witham to Maldon, Great Malvern to Ashchurch, Jarrow to Tanfield.
Guidebook to 50 walks in the North York Moors National Park. The walks, which range from 4 to 13 miles, are distributed through seven regions within the park, enabling walkers to discover and appreciate the Tabular Hills, Hambleton Hills, Cleveland Hills, Northern Moors, High Moors, Eastern Moors and Cleveland Coast. For those who like a challenge, the course of the classic Lyke Wake Walk, crossing the national park from east to west, is also described. For each walk (most of which are circular), step-by-step route description is accompanied by extracts of OS mapping. Points of interest are highlighted, and background information provided, detailing the history and industry of the area. The guidebook also includes planning and preparation details such as when to go, where to stay, and how to get around using public transport. Comprising the largest continuous expanse of heather moorland in England, the North York Moors offer a wonderful sense of spaciousness, with extensive views under a 'big sky'. People have crossed the North York Moors since time immemorial and some of their routes survive to this day. It is a place of great history and undeniable charm, making it a worthy walking destination.
Winner of the 2012 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature 'I was aware that I was cold - beyond cold. I was a lump of meat left for too long in a freezer, a body trapped beneath the ice, sinking down into the dark. 'I was freezing to death.' In this brilliant sequel to his award-winning debut Psychovertical, mountaineering stand-up Andy Kirkpatrick has achieved his life's ambition to become one of the world's leading climbers. Pushing himself to new extremes, he embarks on his toughest climbs yet - on big walls in the Alps and Patagonia - in the depths of winter. Kirkpatrick has more success, but the savagery and danger of these encounters comes at huge personal cost. Questioning his commitment to his chosen craft, Kirkpatrick is torn between family life and the dangerous path he has chosen. Written with his trademark wit and honesty, Cold Wars is a gripping account of modern adventure.
The longest of Britain's National Trails, the South West Coast Path follows the stunning coastline for 630 miles around the southernmost tip of England, from Somerset all the way to Dorset. This newly revised and updated volume covers the third section: 179 miles (288 km) from St Mawes to Dawlish Warren, divided into 14 chapters. It follows the wild craggy cliff paths of South Cornwall and Devon, passing tiny fishing villages where you can still buy today's catch and the great naval harbour of Plymouth, with daily views of an unequalled range of floral, avian and marine wildlife. Walk the whole length of this section of the Coast Path and you will climb and descend 30,000 feet - 1,000 feet more than the height of Mount Everest! For the casual holiday stroller or the fit long-distance walker, this guide contains everything you need. National Trail Guides are the official guidebooks to the fifteen National Trails in England and Wales and are published in association with Walk Unlimited, the official body charged with developing and maintaining the Trails.
Dorset has emerged as a major bouldering area in recent years thanks to the hard work of a bunch of diligent locals who have combed the coastline seeking out every block, problem and traverse. In addition to the well known areas of the Cuttings, the Boulderfield and the Neddyfields, the book has extensive information on the West Coast of Portland, many more areas on the East Coast, plus Swanage and Lulworth. It describes nearly 2000 boulder problems on around 400 pages.This Rockfax book is the first one to cover the bouldering in any depth. It completes the coverage adding a wealth of new information and is presented in the standard now demanded by today's climbers. It includes all the usual Rockfax features.
A unique hill-walking guide with a culminative ascent of the height of Everest, written in Peter Owen Jones' unique descriptive style. Scaling the peaks of Everest, the world's highest mountain, is the ultimate physical and mental challenge that the human race can aspire to. But as it takes years of preparation and a minimum of GBP25,000 to achieve, it remains out of reach to most of us. This book allows ordinary people to embark on their own personal `Everest' without leaving England's green and pleasant land. Ascending hills of varying sizes whose ascents add up to the same height as Mount Everest, celebrity vicar and countryman Peter Owen Jones guides you on a road trip covering hand-picked hill-climbs in different parts of England. The climbs can be done mindfully over a limited period - 12 days is the suggested timescale - or as fast as possible, thus creating a physical challenge rather like the Three Peaks. The climbs could also be undertaken separately over longer periods of time and used as opportunities for mindfulness and quiet meditation under Peter's expert spiritual guidance. The journey takes in sacred places found on coastal cliff walks, ancient holy sites, tors, peaks, mountains and the highest church in England.
THE MULTIMILLION COPY BESTSELLER THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SURVIVING ANYWHERE The SAS Survival Handbook is the complete companion for adventurers everywhere. From making camp and finding food in the wild to security and self-defence in the streets, be prepared on land or sea. SAS legend John `Lofty' Wiseman's unrivalled guide will teach you: Preparation - Understanding and assembling latest, most resilient, kit. Navigation - Skills, technologies and techniques to get you through unfamiliar terrain. Food and Health - Finding resources in your environment, feeding yourself, healing yourself and avoiding disease. Safety and Security - Recognising dangerous situations, defending yourself and saving others. Disaster Survival - Dealing with unstable environmental conditions: what to do in the face of flash flooding or fast-spreading fire.
The most northerly of Britain's island groups, Shetland is so far removed from the rest of the UK that it usually appears as an inset on maps. Although relatively little known to those from outside the islands, Shetland is a magnificent terrain for walkers, especially those who love to really explore and get away from the beaten track. The coastal walking here includes some of the finest in the country, with superb cliffs, towering sea stacks, caves and natural arches seemingly around every corner. Added to this is Shetland's better known claim to fame for its spectacular seabird colonies ? huge gannetries, moorland packed with arctic and great skuas, arctic terns in the more sheltered spots, and everyone's favourite ? the puffins. The islands also enjoy a dense population of otters, many seals, and a chance to see killer whales or other giants of the deep. Beyond all this natural grandeur, Shetland's history is fascinating too. The archaeological attractions are much less known than those on Orkney, but sites such as Jarlshof have amazingly preserved remains from prehistory right up to more recent times. These include iron age villages, chambered cairns, Viking longhouses, pictish carvings, and impressive brochs ? including the most complete of all these iron-age defensive towers, on Mousa.
The OS Explorer Active range of OL maps now includes a digital version of the paper map, accessed through the OS smartphone app, OS Maps.
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