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The Haynes Climbing Manual is a thoroughly modern introduction to this growing adventure sport, written by an experienced mountain guide, photographer and author. From getting started with equipment, clothing, fitness and basic skills through to advanced techniques and coping with tricky situations, this manual is packed with practical step-by-step sequences and inspirational photography, making it the perfect guide for the novice or intermediate climber.
The 93-mile West Highland Way is indisputably Britain's most spectacular long-distance path. The first section, following the eastern shore of Loch Lomond, offers an idyllic waterside walk, with the full grandeur of the Highlands gradually revealing itself. Then, after crossing the barren wilderness of the Rannoch Moor, the walker climbs the Devil's Staircase above Glencoe and traverses classic Highland landscapes to reach Fort William and, if he or she wishes, a grand finale at the peak of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. This comprehensive, easy-to-use guide is an authoritative companion, packed with indispensable information.
OS Explorer is the Ordnance Survey's most detailed map and is recommended for anyone enjoying outdoor activities such as walking, horse riding and off-road cycling. The series provides complete GB coverage and can now be used in all weathers thanks to OS Explorer - Active, a tough, versatile version of OS Explorer. 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.
This hillwalking and photo-location guidebook features stunning mountain photography that provides inspiration and motivation, as well as being studies in composition and light to learn from. Included are chapters on mountain safety and equipment, planning a day in the mountains, wild camping, photography technique and equipment, and where to stay, eat and drink. As a bonus Nick describes his mountain life, his hillwalking companions and his inspirations such as the legendary mountain photographer, W. A. Poucher. With a foreword by Sir Chris Bonington Snowdonia is one of the most accessible mountain areas in the UK and photographer Nick Livesey knows it better than most. Having lived in the heart of Snowdonia for the last five years, Nick walks these hills and mountains with his camera most days. In Photographing The Snowdonia Mountains, Nick shares his knowledge guiding us around the best mountain walks, short walks and roadside locations for mountain photography. Fifteen of the best mountain walks for photography in Snowdonia are described by route descriptions and detailed contoured maps, along with photographic advice for each walk. Also described are ten roadside locations and short walks that have the best mountain views for those who don't want a full day out or don't want to walk far, also included are true roadside locations for those who are less mobile.
One Family. 30 Countries. No Turning Back. John Ahern had a good job, a big house, a loving wife and two great kids. But he felt he was somehow failing as a husband and father. Craving a great adventure to bring his family closer together, he sabotages his high-flying career, rents out the house and buys a battered old campervan online. The plan is to spend a year on the road... with kids. As they roll through 30 countries on an unpredictable, challenging and hilarious journey, John and his family find themselves mugged by monkeys, charmed by snake handlers and inspired by their fellow wanderers to create a life less ordinary. It's a life-changing trip. Take it!
Running is an inexpensive, convenient and increasingly popular sport, but some take it to the limit. From cold weather running in Alaska to the intense heat of the Sahara Marathon, a number of athletes choose to pit themselves against the elements. Extremes of environment, route and geography are another challenge, from trails through dense jungle to soaring mountain ranges. The rewards are the experiences of a lifetime, the sense of having been to largely unexplored places and the realisation of unique ambitions. Never before has there been a manual to pull together all the elements of this new, but fast growing sport. The book features over 150 stunning images and amusing, informative text.
Quite simply La Gomera and El Hierro Tour & Trail Super-Durable Maps are the most detailed, accurate, toughest, easy to read, large scale maps of La Gomera and El Hierro that you can buy. Our map sheet is 840mm by 680mm. On the cover side you get the latest 35k scale 8th edition La Gomera Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map by David Brawn. On the reverse side is our 35k scale 1st edition El Hierro Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map by Jan Kostura. Both maps are produced to our 'Tour & Trail' level of detail ranging from major roads to secondary roads to minor roads to streets and camino rural narrow country roads, plus dirt roads and walking trails. Walking trails are specially highlighted, GR (Gran Recorido trails in green) and Walk La Gomera (in red), making them easier to identify on the maps and easier to find on the ground. Altitude background colouring is designed to clearly show the altitude range when traveling across each island by car or on foot. 100 metre and 50 metre contours, 100m and 20m on El Hierro, are clearly shown on the map along with a large number of individual height points and all of the official 'Trig' points. Tour & Trail attention to detail is legendary as is our useful symbol range including miradors, picnic areas, petrol stations, bar/restaurants and parking areas where you can pull off the road safely.You will easily identify springs, caves, sports grounds, cemeterys, churchs, chapels, lighthouses, towers and forts, camping areas, wind turbines, hotels and those all important information offices. For adventurers on foot Tour & Trail Maps are researched and designed by hikers for use by hikers. Our comprehensive gps ground surveys produce the best road mapping available but the value of this on the ground research becomes even more important when you leave the tarmac. Digital editions of these maps are available for the Viewranger app, plus Custom Map versions for Garmin mapping gps units are available as a digital zip file download from Discovery Walking Guides. These Super-Durable Maps are printed using UV cured inks printed onto a 100 micron plastic substrate. This produces a Super-Durable map sheet that feels like silk but will stand up to the roughest treatment of outdoor adventuring and yet fold up like new at the end of your adventure. DWG's special concertina map fold means your map is easy to unfold, and easy to fold back to its folded pocket size. Super-Durable Maps come with a 2 year adventurous use wear and tear guarantee, see Discovery Walking Guides website for details. For your best adventures, choose the best map.
Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and AA 50 Walks in the Yorkshire Dales features a variety of mapped walks of two to ten miles, to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the Yorkshire Dales, and clear full colour mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.
A Canvas of Rock transports the reader through two of the most influential periods in modern British rock-climbing as seen through the eyes one of the UK's well-respected rock climbers - Mark Radtke. This collection of personal experiences and friendships with climbers from the 1970s to the present day, provides a rare insight and first-hand account on some of the crucial and at times contentious episodes that paved the way to today's rock-climbing scene. We are also treated to insights of the man himself - his passion and his drive that have allowed him to challenge his limits and to pioneer many new Extreme routes. 'Rad shows us his own frailties - his vertigo, his occasional bursts of egocentricity - and this makes him a convincing guide. It is a great read, full of humour and drama, but at the same time it is a wise and important contribution to the ongoing debate of climbing ethics. Where slipping into the comfort zone does not and must not equal progress.' From Foreword by Andy Cave
Originally, 'South-West Climbs', published in 1979 by Diadem, was a single-volume publication and was a collaboration between one of the South West's most prolific and important activists, Pat Littlejohn, and one of the most influential of British Publishers, Ken Wilson.This rapidly became very popular and introduced many climbers to the joys and pleasures of the sometimes mysterious and occasionally remote south-west peninsula of England.For this new and fully revised edition, the climbs of the South West have been split into two volumes. The second volume covers the Granite of West Penwith, Dartmoor, the Channel Islands and Lundy - the guide also covers the North Cornish and North Devon coasts.Written by Pat Littlejohn with 'a little help from his friends' this new guide describes some of the most adventurous climbing to be found in the British Isles and together with its counterpart, South West Climbs: Volume 1 provides the visiting climber to the area a wealth of top-quality routes to go at.
OS Explorer is the Ordnance Survey's most detailed map and is recommended for anyone enjoying outdoor activities like walking, horse riding and off-road cycling. The OS Explorer range now includes a digital version of the paper map, accessed through the OS smartphone app, OS Maps. Providing complete GB coverage the series details essential information such as youth hostels, pubs and visitor information as well as rights of way, permissive paths and bridleways.
Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and AA 50 Walks in the Peak District features a variety of mapped walks of two to ten miles, to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife of the Peak District, and clear full colour mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.
This is a dual language (English and French) rock climbing guide to the Mont Ventoux area in the Avignon region of Southern France. The South of France with its excellent record of fine weather and superb quality limestone cliffs, has always been one of the most popular climbing destinations in Europe. This is a highly modern and up-to-date topo guidebook, with over 1000 routes from beginners 3a's up to an 8c's, and will suit anyone going on holiday, and at any time of the year. With over 200 colour photos and 100 colour topos that evocatively illustrate both the climbing and the region, this book will be the ideal holiday companion for anyone that seeks sunshine and climbing.
Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and AA 50 Walks in Snowdonia & North Wales features a variety of mapped walks of two to ten miles, to suit all abilities. The book features all the practical detail you need, accompanied by fascinating background reading on the history and wildlife in Snowdonia & North Wales, and clear full colour mapping for ease of use. Every route has been colour coded according to difficulty. All walks are annotated with local points of interest and places to stop for refreshments. Every walk is given a summary of distance, time, gradient, level of difficulty, type of surface and access, landscape, dog friendliness, parking and public toilets.
The North Face of the Eiger was long renowned as the most dangerous climb in the Swiss Alps, one that had cost the lives of numerous mountaineers. In February 1966, two teams - one German, the other British/American - aimed to climb it in a straight line from bottom to top. Astonishingly, the two teams knew almost nothing about each other's attempt until both arrived at the foot of the face. The race was on. John Harlin led the four-man British/American team and intended to make a swift dash for the summit. The Germans, with an eight-man team and a mass of equipment, planned a slow, relentless ascent. Watching on was a young journalist reporting on the climb for the Daily Telegraph, Peter Gillman - for the Eiger is the most public of mountains, where tourists can observe the life-and-death struggles on the face from telescopes at the nearby hotels. Almost 50 years on, Gillman recalls the dramatic events on the North Face of the Eiger, and assesses their effect on those who took part. One man died and others were permanently injured through frostbite. For Chris Bonington, it opened a path to a career and reputation as Britain's foremost mountaineer. It was an epic ascent with profound consequences, redolent of a golden age of adventure and mountaineering.
OS Explorer is the Ordnance Survey's most detailed map and is recommended for anyone enjoying outdoor activities like walking, horse riding and off-road cycling. The OS Explorer range of OL maps now includes a digital version of the paper map, accessed through the OS smartphone app, OS Maps. Providing complete GB coverage the series details essential information such as youth hostels, pubs and visitor information as well as rights of way, permissive paths and bridleways.
From his home in the Cairngorms of Scotland, Cameron McNeish reflects on a life dedicated to the outdoors. Following his career as an international long jump athlete, he has for almost forty years written and talked about walking and climbing in Scotland, meeting some of the sport's great characters such as Chris Brasher, Sir Chris Bonington, Tom Weir, Julie Tullis and many more. A prolific author, he has led treks in the Himalayas and Syria, edited The Great Outdoors Magazine, establishing it as Britain's premier walking publication, created new long-distance walks and made television series, contributed a monthly column to The Scots Magazine, campaigned for Scottish independence and raised a family with his wife, Gina. Now he candidly recalls the ups and downs of a full life, much of it in the public eye, much of it until now unseen. Forward by Sam Heughan. Sam Heughan is a Scottish actor, best known for his leading role as Jamie Fraser in the hit TV show Outlander. He is also an outdoor enthusiast, and founder of My Peak Challenge, a charitable organisation which aims to encourage its members to lead healthier lives.
No Way Down is the the gripping, terrifying story of a brutal struggle for survival on the upper slopes of the Himalayan K2, the world's most hostile terrain, by Graham Bowley. K2, August 1st, 2008. Thirty climbers are attempting the summit of the most savage mountain on Earth. They make it. But before they start their descent an ice shelf collapses, sweeping away their ropes. It is dark. Their lines are gone. They are low on oxygen. And it is getting very, very cold. How many will make it down alive? 'A gripping hour-by-hour dissection of events in the Western Himalayas over three deadly days. A fitting shelfmate to the modern classic Into Thin Air. A cracking read' Sunday Times 'Stories of heroism, sadness and extraordinary endurance against all the odds [are] woven into a thrilling drama' Daily Mail 'Unputdownable. A portrait of extreme courage, folly and loss, leavened by a small dose of survival . . . as complete a version of the calamitous story as will probably ever emerge' Financial Times 'The best mountain-disaster memoir since Into Thin Air' Mail on Sunday Graham Bowley was born in England in 1968. He is a reporter for the New York Times. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their two daughters and son.
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