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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Echoes: One Climber's Hard Road to Freedom

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      <p>"As I sat cradling the man's head, with his blood and brains sticking to my hands, I heard a voice – my own voice. It was asking me something. Asking how I had ended up like this, desperate and lost among people who thought nothing of caving in a man's head and then standing back to watch him die."Nick Bullock was a prison officer working in a maximum-security jail with some of Britain's most notorious criminals. Trapped in a world of aggression and fear, he felt frustrated and alone. Then he discovered the mountains.Making up for lost time, Bullock soon became one of Britain's best climbers, learning his trade in the mountains of Scotland and Wales, and travelling from Pakistan to Peru in his search for new routes and a new way of seeing the world – and ultimately an escape route from his life inside.Told that no one ever leaves the service – the security, the stability, the 'job for life' – Bullock focused his existence on a single goal: to walk free, with no shackles, into a mountain life. Echoes is a powerful and compelling exploration of freedom – and what it means to live life on your own terms.Nick Bullock was born on Christmas Day in 1965. After leaving school aged 16 he worked variously as a gamekeeper, a self-employed labourer and at Alton Towers (less exciting than it sounds) before joining Her Majesty's Prison Service in 1987 where he was posted to the high security Gartree Prison as a Wing Officer, then a Punishment Block Officer. In 1992 he was introduced to climbing at Plas-y-Brenin while training as a Physical Education Instructor: his life was about to change dramatically.Devoting all of his free time to climbing, Nick quickly established himself as one of the UK's leading climbers, making bold repeats in fine style of many of the UK's most renowned traditional climbs. A veteran of over 20 expeditions to the greater ranges and approximately 5</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Day Walks in the Yorkshire Dales

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      <p>Day Walks in the Yorkshire Dales is the fourth title in Vertebrate Publishing's series of compact and portable hill walking guidebooks. This book showcases 20 circular routes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, between 6 and 11 miles (10km and 17km) in length, suitable for hill walkers of all abilities.The routes are split into three geographical areas–south, east, and north–and include walks to the Dales' most regarded beauty spots, such as Malham Cove, Cautley Spout, Brimham Rocks and the Norber Erratics, as well as the trio of sought-after peaks; Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside.The author of this guidebook, Bernard Newman, is a freelance outdoor writer and photographer, and former editor of the internationally acclaimed Mountain magazine. A Yorkshire Dales local and graduate geologist, in his route descriptions he explores the incredible geology that has created the breathtaking scenery on show in the Dales.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Wales Mountain Biking

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      <p>Wales Mountain Biking–Beicio Mynydd Cymru is a collection of 20 classic Welsh mountain bike rides, between 12 and 50 kilometres in length.Split into three sections, South Wales, Mid Wales and North Wales, this book includes classic loops such as The Gap Road in the Brecon Beacons and Pen Trumau in the Black Mountains, routes in Pembrokeshire, and the Gower, the Elan Valley in the Cambrian Mountains, Moel Famau in the Clwydian Hills and classic routes in Snowdonia–including options for the awesome ascent and descent (!) of Snowdon itself.Written and illustrated by MBR Magazine's Wales-based routes expert Tom Hutton, each route is described with easy-to-follow directions and plotted on clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 mapping. Also included are details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, plus refreshment stops and local knowledge.A Bonus Section hops over the border into England, to give the full lowdown on the classic Long Mynd circuit, featuring the legendary Minton Batch sin</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Sussex Walks

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      <p>Sussex Walks is a collection of 20 circular walks, between 3.5 and 12 miles (5 and 19km) in length that explore the length and breadth of the county of Sussex.Wander through the county's varied and interesting landscapes; across open downland, through broadleaf forest and along evolving coastline. The routes are split into two areas – the South Downs and the Weald – and include walks in Ashdown Forest, around Cissbury Ring, over Ditchling Beacon, to Pooh Bridge and along the coast near West Wittering.Each route contains snippets of information on the local area. Learn about the wildlife, the history and the people of the countryside you're walking through. Every walk also includes 'creative starting points' – ideas to encourage you to reflect and respond to the landscape.Researched and written by local author and photographer Deirdre Huston, the walks feature clear and easy-to-use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, and information on local history, wildlife, refreshments and terrain.Deirdre Huston is an outdoor photographer and guidebook author with an interest in history and ecology. She makes short films mixing archive materials with contemporary research. Author of Day Walks on the South Downs and Cycling Days Out – South East England, her work is frequently inspired by the outdoors. Deirdre is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. See www.deirdrehuston.co.uk for further information. Deirdre is a qualified teacher and part-time lecturer in photography. She lives with her husband and three children in Sussex.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      South East Mountain Biking: North and South Downs

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>South East Mountain Biking: North and South Downs is the full second edition of the bestselling guide to some of the finest mountain biking in the South East of England. Published by leading guidebook producer Vertebrate Publishing, it covers the best mountain biking in the south-east, including the newly-formed South Downs National Park.Delve into the woodland singletrack of the North Downs or head out on to the big, rolling chalk hills that make up the South Downs National Park. Get out of the towns and cities and discover the dense network of bridleways and byways that criss-cross the countryside of the South East.This guide contains 24 routes between 16 and 35 kilometres in length, suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. All route information has been thoroughly checked for this new edition, to give the most up-to-date and comprehensive guidebook to the area.Written by Nick Cotton, author of over 50 cycling guidebooks, each route features clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, refreshment stops and local knowledge, and stunning photography.Also included are Top Ten descents, climbs and mountain bike playgrounds, an introduction to the fantastic Surrey Hills singletrack, and a detailed Appendix.Nick Cotton is one of the UK's leading cycle route consultants. He has written over 50 guides in the past 20 years, riding more than 40,000 miles in the course of his research. He has travelled and trekked extensively, climbing to over 18,000ft on three continents and has cycled in Morocco and Patagonia (the worst winds in the world!). He lives in the Lune Valley in Cumbria, between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. He is very partial to coffee, real ale and cakes, especially on the course of a ride. Six feet four and 14 stones needs a lot of fuel!</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Peak District Mountain Biking: Dark Peak Trails

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>Mountain biking is now Britain's fastest growing outdoor leisure activity, with the Peak Park at the heart of this revolution. This book covers all of the essential routes in the Dark Peak, as well as highlighting custom built trails the top ten downhills, hill climbs and single tracks. There is a section on the new sub-sport of night riding and for the first time a published guide to Wharncliffe Woods. With national appeal this book will further enhance the Dark Peak as one of the country's best mountain bike venues.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      The Wild Within: Climbing the World's Most Remote Mountains

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      <p>"All mountaineers develop differently. Some go higher, some try ever steeper faces and others specialise in a particular range or region. I am increasingly drawn to remoteness – to places where few others have trod."The Wild Within is the third book from Simon Yates, one of Britain's most accomplished and daring mountaineers. With his insatiable appetite for adventure and exploratory mountaineering, Yates leads unique expeditions to unclimbed peaks in the Cordillera Darwin in Tierra del Fuego, the Wrangell St-Elias ranges on the Alaskan-Yukon border, and Eastern Greenland. Laced with dry humour, he relates his own experience of the rapid commercialisation of mountain wilderness, while grappling with his new-found commitments as a family man. At the same time he must endure his role in the film adaptation of Joe Simpson's Touching The Void, having to relive the events of that trip to Peru for a Hollywood director.Yates' subsequent escape to some of the world's most remote mountains isn't quite the experience it once was, as he witnesses first hand the advance of modern communications into the wilderness, signalled by the ubiquitous mobile phone masts appearing in once deserted mountain valleys. He is left to dwell on the remaining significance of mountain wilderness and must rediscover what the notion of 'wild' means for him now.Simon Yates is an internationally acclaimed mountaineer, adventurer and author who first came to prominence in 1985 after the first ascent of the West Face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes and the ensuing epic descent described in Joe Simpson's book Touching the Void. In a prolific career spanning almost thirty years, Simon's climbing adventures have taken him west to east, from Alaska to Australia; and from north to south, from the Canadian Arctic to the tip of South America. He has climbed with many of Britain's leading mountaineers including Andy Cave, Mick Fowler, Andy Park</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Alps Mountain Biking

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      <p>Alps Mountain Biking is a guide to the western Alps. It reveals epic rocky descents, high-altitude blasts and hidden Alpine singletrack, all set against a backdrop of snowy peaks, pine forests and clear blue skies. This is some of the greatest singletrack, enduro and downhill riding the mountains have to offer.Featuring the Alpine hot spots alongside the best lesser-known areas, you can ride the main lines of Morzine and Chamonix, and then escape the crowds and head to La Plagne, Martigny or Sauze d'Oulx. Using lifts, buses and good old pedal power, you can really exploit the massive vertical gains each area has to offer and enjoy trails that cater for every taste and ability.Alps Mountain Biking has everything you need to get out of the concrete resorts and plan a great riding trip. Written by Samoens-based guide Steve Mallett, it gives you the local riders' inside knowledge on trails, and information on accommodation, lifts and travel. Packed with fantastic photography, it is guaranteed to inspire you to get out and explore this huge mountain bike playground.Steve Mallett is the founder and guide of Bike-Alp, who run guided mountain bike holidays in the Grand Massif region of the French Alps. Steve is a Trail Cycle Leader (TCL) and Mountain Bike Leader (MBL) qualified guide who has ridden extensively throughout the Alpine region since calling it home over ten years ago. He lives with his wife Eleanor in Samoens, where they run Bike-Alp during the summer season, and Chalet Sougey, a ski lodge during the winter season.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Lake District Mountain Biking: Essential Trails

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>Lake District Mountain Biking is a compact guide to the best riding in one of the best mountain biking areas in the UK.Explore classic rides around Walna Scar, High Street and Borrowdale and discover several lesser-known gems. Ride moorland singletrack, tackle massive climbs and rattle along some of the rockiest trails you'll ever encounter on two wheels. Enjoy lakeside cruises, picturesque valleys and 360 degree panoramas.This mountain biking guide contains 26 routes from 12 to 60km long. Clearly described using easy-to-follow directions, they are graded for difficulty and plotted on Harvey Maps. A special bonus section includes the best downhill runs, climbs and cruises in the area and special visitor information about the region.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      High Point: A Guide to Walking the Summits of Great Britain's Historic Counties

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>In 2008 Mark Clarke embarked on a journey to visit the highest point in each of the eighty-five historic counties in Great Britain. Over the course of four years, he walked over 500 miles and climbed over 100,000 feet, sampling all that is great about Britain along the way.Mark's journey took in the mountainous summits of Scotland and Wales (Ben Nevis, the county top of Inverness-shire, and Snowdon, the county top of Caernarfonshire) as well as dozens of less visited high points, such as the unfortunately named Boring Field in Huntingdonshire.High Point is Mark's account of his experiences and the challenges he faced in his travels – including suffering a broken leg on a remote hillside in Scotland while walking alone. It is rich with historical information and observations about Britain's counties and serves as an indispensable guide to the historic and modern counties of Great Britain and their highest points.Each county has its own gazetteer section with information about the county, the county top, Mark's ascent and local information. High point walk directions are accompanied by an Ordnance Survey map to help you plan your own High Point adventure.Mark Clarke's interest in hill walking started when he was at school and took part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. As part of this and other school activities, he made several visits to Snowdonia, culminating in his Gold Award expedition over four days and fifty miles – following in the footsteps of his two brothers and in the process pulling off the perhaps unusual feat of three brothers each achieving the Gold Award. The mountain skills and disciplines which he had learnt in Snowdonia sat idle for many years subsequently, but happily stood him in good stead on his High Point project – he even used the very same compass which he had used in Snowdonia some forty years earlier. He has a MA from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accoun</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Day Walks in Snowdonia

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>Day Walks in Snowdonia is the seventh title in Vetebrate Publisher's series of compact and portable hill walking guidebooks. This book showcases 20 circular routes, between 5.5 and 12 miles in length, suitable for hill walkers of all abilities.The routes are split into three geographical areas – Northern Snowdonia, Central Snowdonia and Southern Snowdonia – and include walks to the most iconic and beautiful peaks in the National Park.A bonus section details two of the UK's classic scrambles – the Bochlwyd Horseshoe and the Snowdon Horseshoe.Each route is described with easy-to-follow directions and details of distance, navigation information, refreshment stops, stunning location photography and is plotted on clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Lake District Climbs and Scrambles

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      <p>Lake District Climbs and Scrambles combines the best scrambles and easy climbs in the Lake District with great 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 – and often descent – made via a classic scramble or climb. Scrambles at grades 1 to 3+ tackle ghylls, ridges and crags, with Lake District classics such as Jack's Rake and Sharp Edge sitting alongside lesser-known gems like Sourmilk Gill and Crenation Ridge. Climbs up to Severe include some of the best loved easy routes in the Lake District, like C Ordinary and Corvus. And while walking to and from the climbs and scrambles you'll explore valleys like Wasdale and Deepdale, and reach the high tops of Scafell and Blencathra.Researched and written by local author and mountaineer Stephen Goodwin, the routes feature Ordnance Survey 1:25,000-scale maps, photo topos and easy-to-follow directions, along with route profiles and local information. Also included is a detailed appendix, to ensure that you have a fun and successful day out.Stephen Goodwin is the author of the best selling guidebook Day Walks in the Lake District and was editor of the prestigious Alpine Journal from 2003 to 2013. A journalist by trade, he turned freelance in 1999 after thirteen years as a staffer on the Independent, mainly covering politics at Westminster. A climber and ski-mountaineer, in 1998 he reached the south summit of Everest, filing an award-winning diary to the Independent. Since then, he has returned to the Himalaya most years as well as making forays into the Alps, Andes and Turkey. Yet for all this exotica, he finds equal pleasure in walking, climbing and scrambling in the Lake District, a stone's throw from his home in Cumbria's lovely Eden Valley.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges: Selected Climbs

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      <p>Selected Climbs: Mont Blanc and the Aiguilles Rouges presents the best rock climbs in the Mont Blanc range and on the Aiguilles Rouges, from F4 to F6a+. The selection is based on purely hedonistic criteria, including the beauty of the cliff, the variety of the climbing and the quality of the rock.The emphasis is on enjoyable climbs with easy access and descents. The routes cover a variety of rock types, climbing styles and protection (natural and fixed). All the routes are of moderate difficulty and can be done comfortably in a day without the need to carry heavy or bulky gear.Written by local climbers Jean-Louis Laroche and Florence Lelong, this selection of sixty climbs on forty summits in seventeen areas around the Chamonix valley features established classics and recent additions. Included are Marchand de Sable on the Tour Rouge, the Rebuffat Route on the Aiguille du Midi, and the Frison-Roche route of the south-east face of the Brevent, plus many more. Each route features technical notes, a detailed topo and route description, and photos illustrating the climb's unique character.Published for the first time in the English language by award-winning publisher Vertebrate PublishingJean-Louis Laroche is a mountain guide, freelance photographer, journalist and guidebook writer. He has spent more than thirty years exploring the Mont Blanc Massif and during this time he has climbed all the area's classic routes, made first ascents of numerous ice climbs and trodden many of the world's most beautiful mountains.Florence Lelong shares her love of the natural environment through her work as a freelance photographer, illustrator, hiking guide and mountaineer. She has co-written numerous books and guidebooks and regularly contributes work to the press, news agencies and publishers.Laroche and Lelong are also authors of Mountaineering in the Mont Blanc Range (Vertebrate Publishing, 2014), and run the Alpinisme-Escalades climbing s</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      One Day as a Tiger: Alex MacIntyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism

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      <p>"The wall was the ambition, the style became the obsession."In the autumn of 1982, a single stone fell from high on the south face of Annapurna and struck Alex MacIntyre on the head, killing him instantly and robbing the climbing world of one of its greatest talents. Although only twenty-eight years old, Alex was already one of the leading figures of British mountaineering's most successful era. His ascents included hard new routes on Himalayan giants like Dhaulagiri and Changabang and a glittering record of firsts in the Alps and Andes. Yet how Alex climbed was as important as what he climbed. He was a mountaineering prophet, sharing with a handful of contemporaries – including his climbing partner Voytek Kurtyka – the vision of a purer form of alpinism on the world's highest peaks. One Day As A Tiger, John Porter's revelatory and poignant memoir of his friend Alex MacIntyre, shows mountaineering at its extraordinary best and tragic worst – and draws an unforgettable picture of a dazzling, argumentative and exuberant legend.John Porter was born in Massachusetts and he started climbing at the age of twelve, serving his apprenticeship in the White Mountains, Rockies, Cascades and Yosemite. He moved to the UK in the early 1970s to do postgraduate work at Leeds University where he joined a team of climbers dedicated to clean ethics, alpine-style and the fostering of international partnerships. Ascents of the North Face of Koh-i-Bandaka (1977) and the south face of Changabang (1978) with Alex MacIntyre and Polish friends were achieved in the middle of the cold war. Other climbs include lightweight attempts of the west ridge of Everest in winter, the north-west ridge of K2, the east face of Sepu Kangri, first ascents of Chong Kundam I and V in the Eastern Karakoram, and many other notable climbs around the world over a period of fifty-five years. In 1980 he founded the Kendal Mountain Festival with Brian Hall and Jim Curran, a</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      West Yorkshire Mountain Biking: South Pennine Trails

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>West Yorkshire Mountain Biking: South Pennine Trails features 23 of the best bike rides in West Yorkshire, between 10.5 and 32 kilometres in length, suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. Part of the Mountain Biking series from Vertebrate Publishing.Routes are split into four sections: Calderdale, Bradford, Kirklees and City of Leeds. Explore wild moorland, plunge into steep and deep wooded valleys, cruise through the heart of industrial Yorkshire and speed along some of the best singletrack in the country.As with all new Vertebrate MTB guidebooks, this title features industry-standard Ordnance Survey mapping, and is illustrated with stunning action photography. The guide is written by local expert and MTB journalist Benjamin Haworth, and each route within the guide contains OS 1:50,000 mapping, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, a difficulty grading and information on refreshment stops and local knowledge.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Wild Britain

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      <p>Wild Britain is the photographic portfolio from professional photographer Barry Payling, one of a unique band of photographers in the world who practise 'pure photography'.Each Barry Payling photograph is a true rendition of the scene. The image is exactly as it was seen through the camera lens. There will have been no manipulation whatsoever, either by analogue or digital means. In any print there has been no lightening or darkening (dodging or burning).In both the taking of the image and in the printing of it, no filters have been used on the camera or in the production of a print. The cameras used are purely mechanical. They do not have either autofocus or zoom lenses and amazingly no light meter has been used–exposure being based solely on experience.Barry Payling is amongst a unique band of photographers in the world who practise 'pure photography'.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Scotland Mountain Biking: The Wild Trails

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>Scotland Mountain Biking: the Wild Trails is Vertebrate's second volume of Scottish MTB rides, featuring 24 classic mountain bike rides across Scotland. Like the original Wild Trails guidebook, this book features rides suitable for all levels of mountain bikers.Split into three sections (Southern and Central Scotland, North West Scotland and Islands, and North East Scotland) this book includes challenging mountain passes, endless singletrack, lochside cruises and more, all in a country named a Global Superstar by the International Mountain Biking Association.Researched, ridden and written by Scottish Mountain Bike Guide Phil McKane, each route features clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, timings and difficulty gradings, and refreshment stops, and local knowledge.The book is illustrated with stunning action photography from top pro photographer Andy McCandlish, and also features a detailed Appendix.Phil McKane has been addicted to riding mountain bikes since his fluorescent Emmelle was systematically rattled to pieces beneath him, around 1991. Since then he had dabbled in many aspects of mountain biking, from cross-country racing to wilderness touring. Phil is a Scottish Mountain Bike Leaders Association (SMBLA) qualified trail cycle leader, mountain bike leader and expedition leader and runs Scottish MountainBikeGuides www.scottishmountainbikeguides.com), leading mountain bike holidays and skills courses all over the country, from the 7 Stanes to the Western Isles.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Mont Blanc: The Finest Routes

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>Mont Blanc: The Finest Routes is a collection of the 100 must-do climbing routes in the Mont Blanc Massif.Modern alpinism is a multi-faceted activity for which the Mont Blanc Massif is the perfect playground. Classic routes to which every mountaineer can aspire are surrounded by the towering rock faces, huge mixed walls, precipitous ice shields, serrated ridges and narrow gullies that define the massif's harder climbs.In order to attain these prestigious summits via the most interesting itineraries, this book presents a modern selection of 100 must-do routes, ranging from historic classics to more recent lines, described in order of increasing difficulty.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 and detailed topos. In addition, every route is illustrated with superbly evocative photos that make best use of the book's large format.The routes were chosen for the quality of the rock, the reliability of the in-situ gear, the beauty of the surroundings, the prestige of the summit and the enthusiasm the route inspires. Preference has been given to routes in the modern idiom, whether they are gullies that only form in winter, difficult free climbs on high-altitude cliffs, long ridge scrambles or traverses of major summits. There are routes here for all tastes, from famous classics such as the Cosmiques Ridge on the Aiguille du Midi, the American Direct on the Petit Dru, the Whymper Couloir on the Aiguille Verte, the Walker Spur on the Grandes Jorasses and the Kuffner Ridge on Mont Maudit to more recent gems such as Je t'ai conquis, Je t'adore on Pointe Lépiney, No Siesta on the Grandes Jorasses and Le Vent du Dragon on the Aiguille du Midi.Philippe Batoux is an exceptiona</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Churnet Bouldering

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      <p>Churnet Bouldering is a comprehensive guide to the magical sandstone bouldering in the Lower Churnet Valley. Located just south of the Peak District National Park boundary and neighbouring the Alton Towers theme park, the Churnet features some of the best bouldering in the Peak area. This guide features never-before documented venues, such as Farley Woods and Threapwood Woods, as well as classic venues, including Cottage Rocks and Wright's Rock. Over 600 problems are included and grades range from Font 3 to 8a+, with a particularly high concentration of Font 5s and 6s.Meticulously researched over several years, Churnet Bouldering is written by Stuart Brooks, one of the area's most active developers, supported by a team of local climbers. Problem descriptions are accompanied by photo topos and maps, and there are detailed notes on access and conditions – especially important in the Churnet – as well as a host of other important information.Stuart Brooks developed a love for the outdoors during childhood while on family walks in the Peak District, Lake District and in Scotland. His first taste of rock climbing was with the local scout group and, aged 15, with a regular climbing partner, he began to tick his way through the Peak's classic gritstone and limestone routes. While he enjoyed climbing the classic testpieces, he found far more pleasure exploring and bouldering in the esoteric corners of the Peak. In the late 1990s he stumbled into the Churnet for the first time and began a relationship with the area which continues to this day.</p>

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      Peak District Trail Running

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      <p>Peak District Trail Running is a comprehensive guide to off-road running in the Peak District National Park. With 22 runs, from 5km to 28km in length, this book is suitable for runners of all abilities.Runners are spoilt by the variety of terrain on offer in the Peak District. There are many runs that stay low, avoiding roads, following broad, well surfaced trails such as the Monsal Trail around Bakewell, or the trails around Ladybower Reservoir and Carsington Water. For the more experienced runner the area has some excellent challenges on the high, rugged moors of Kinder and Bleaklow in the Dark Peak.Researched and written by local runners Nik Cook and Jon Barton, each route features clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance and timings, refreshment stops and local knowledge, and a detailed appendix.Nikalas Cook escaped London 'some' years ago and moved to Chinley in the heart of the High Peak. An experienced ultra runner with the Marathon des Sables, Himalayan 100 and Arctic 6633 under his belt, Nik and his two Finnish Lapphunds Moses and Otso have logged some impressive Peak District miles.Jon Barton has been climbing, mountain biking, and trail running in the Peak District for many years. He is a regular competitor in the local summer evening fell races and no stranger to gruelling winter Sunday moorland runs to clear the excesses of a Saturday night. Jon is not to be confused with Nik, who is actually good at running, and indeed looks like he is too.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      White Peak Mountain Biking; The Pure Trails

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      <p>White Peak Mountain Biking is the fully revised second edition of the bestselling guidebook to the southern Peak District, and features 24 routes from 10.5 to 45 kilometres in length, suitable for riders of all abilities.A companion guidebook to the bestselling Peak District Mountain Biking – Dark Peak Trails, this guide shows you the best of the White Peak and includes four new routes and several updated routes. Clatter down tricky limestone descents, dodge roots on twisty woodland singletrack and cruise along easy cyclepaths through green fields and pretty villages. Explore Bakewell and Matlock, Macclesfield Forest and Buxton, and nip into the Dark Peak in the Hope Valley.Researched, ridden and written by a local rider, each route features Ordnance Survey 1:50,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions and details of distance, timings and difficulty. Also included is a Bonus Section listing top ten climbs, descents and singletracks, information on family riding (including the Monsal Trail) and a detailed Appendix.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Day Walks in the North York Moors

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      <p>The sixth title in Vertebrate Publishing's series of compact and portable hill walking guidebooks. This book showcases 20 circular routes, between 6 and 14 miles (9km and 22km) in length, suitable for hill walkers of all abilities. The routes are split into three areas – The Cleveland Hills, Central Moors and Coastal Walks – and include walks to the most historic and beautiful areas of the Moors, including Lord Stones, Wainstones and Clay Bank, Rievaulx Abbey, Blakey Ridge and Farndale, the Hole of Horcum, and the stunning coastline at Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar. The author of this guidebook, Tony Harker, is a Moors local and keen hill walker. This is Tony's second book with Vertebrate Publishing, following the successful and popular North York Moors Mountain Biking. Each route in this guide is described with easy-to-follow directions and details of distance, navigation information, refreshment stops and is plotted on clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping. Also included is a detailed Appendix.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      All But One

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      <p>The Alpine Fourthousanders are 52 magnificent mountains that make up one of the mountaineering world's major tick-list challenges. Barbara Swindin describes, with verve and honesty, her attempts to reach the summits, her triumphs and shortfalls, and her slowly dawning awareness that she just might become the first British woman to climb them all. But, although the goal was a heady one, still more important is her enduring delight in the mountain environment. Alongside Barbara's own exploits on foot and ski are insights into the 'petticoat pioneers', women who dared to tackle alpine routes at a time when alpinism was strictly the preserve of men. She also looks at the progress that has been made by women since.Barbara grew up in 1950s Gloucestershire (where, as she points out, nothing exceeds 350m above sea-level) and has never regarded herself as a natural sportswoman. Nevertheless, she is a member of the Alpine Club who succeeded in climbing the Alpine Fourthousanders – all but one.Barbara Swindin has lived in Gloucestershire most of her life and worked as a full-time lecturer in Further and Higher Education. She spent most of her vacations climbing mountains in the UK and the Alps with her husband and friends. Describing herself as just 'an ordinary climber', Barbara is a former President of the Gloucestershire Mountaineering Club and Member of the Alpine Club, and reached the summit of all but one of the 52 highest peaks in the Alps. She also traversed the Swiss Alps on ski from France to Austria, completed the Scottish Munros and climbed many classic routes on the crags of the Lake District and Snowdonia. In her retirement she has become a painter and printmaker.</p>

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      Good Run Guide

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      <p>Running is a great way to keep fit, stay healthy, relieve stress and experience new places. The Good Run Guide is your companion to the great running to be found in some of the most scenic locations of England and Wales.Run through the stately grounds of Chatsworth in the Peak District; traverse Hadrian's Wall on the Scottish Border and visit the breath-taking castles of coastal Northumberland. Explore coastal coves in the north Cornwall; summit Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales or escape the hustle and bustle of the City along the banks of the Thames.Experienced runners Louise Piears and Andy Bickerstaff, two of the founders of the Good Run Guide, the UK's leading independent running website, have hand-picked 40 of their favourite runs.Ranging in length from 3.4 to 10.7 miles (5.4 to 17.2km), there are routes for runners of all ability and fitness levels, on a range of surfaces.Each run features details of the run distance, the flat equivalent distance, difficulty, hilliness, climb rate, terrain and other useful information so you know exactly what you're undertaking before you set off. There is also a bespoke map, annotated with route descriptions and key route features, to aid navigation.</p>

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      The Everest Files

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      <p>A thrilling journey to the dark side of Everest. Teenage adventure fiction from Matt Dickinson.In the deepest Himalaya a story is spreading like wildfire. The story of an Everest expedition unlike any other. An expedition that ended with mysterious disappearances... and death.This is the mystery that eighteen-year-old Ryan Hart sets out to solve.Ryan is on a gap year adventure, working for a medical charity in Nepal. When a local girl begs him to investigate why her sixteen-year-old friend Kami never came back from Everest, Ryan cannot resist the challenge.A solo journey takes Ryan deep into the mountains where his detective work finally pays off. What emerges is a shocking tale of lies, betrayal and obsession.All played out on the lethal slopes of the highest mountain in the world.Little by little Ryan is falling under Everest's deadly spell.</p>

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      Great British Bike Rides: 40 Classic Routes for Road Cyclists

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      <p>Great British Bike Rides is a celebration of British road cycling. Author Dave Barter brings together 40 of the best road rides in England, Scotland and Wales, searching out the country's most celebrated routes, toughest climbs and most scenic roads. The rides are challenging, they are adventurous, and they are quintessentially British – tackle the classic Fred Whitton in the English Lake District; pit yourself against fearsome climbs inspired by the Dragon Ride in Wales; and feast upon Scotland's stunning scenery following wild roads through Assynt and across Skye. Already a fanatical cyclist, author Dave Barter packed in his job and hit the road, embarking on a 9000-mile tour of Britain to bring together the best riding the country has to offer. His cycle routes are devised specifically for this book, enchaining unforgettable climbs, quiet roads and stunning scenery.Each ride is accompanied by detailed route information, bespoke mapping and a statistical breakdown including every detail the committed cyclist requires. The book is complemented with a set of downloadable GPX files to further aid navigation.Join the cycling revolution and discover the best road cycling in Great Britain.Dave Barter is a British cyclist, although he'd probably stop short of calling himself a Great British cyclist as he can count his road cycling wins on a single finger. He's ridden bikes all his life, and for the last twelve years has been taking it far too seriously. He's a veteran of numerous races and sportives, including the Etape du Tour, the Fausto Coppi, the Polka Dot Challenge, two successful Land's End-John O'Groats expeditions and and numerous other audaxes and sportives.In 2001 he chucked in his job and went cycling. A lot. He did the same again in 2010 but this time he took his pen and Great British Bike Rides is the result, with Dave riding ove</p>

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      Straight Up: Himalayan Tales of the Unexpected

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      <p>Born in the foothills close to the Himalaya, Steve Berry had from an early age an urge to become a traveller, an adventurer, an explorer, and until the age of 38 years he tried hard to satisfy two opposing forces. Half of him wanted to find a satisfactory career path while the other half wanted to be free and specifically explore the Himalaya. In the end he found a compromise to satisfy both needs. In 1987 with his climbing friend Steve Bell he founded Himalayan Kingdoms, a travel company specializing in trekking and expedition holidays. This book is a collection of stories from his early expeditions to the Himalaya prior to 1987. There are tales of encounters with bears, escapes from avalanches, summit successes and failures, love stories, mystical connections, Himalayan storms, near death accidents, raw travel across the Indian sub continent, and grapples with bureaucracy. It is told warts and all. It starts with tales of youthful naivety in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, progresses to what Steve describes as his best ever adventure, the first British ascent of Nun, Kashmir (7,135m), and finishes with the truth of what happened on the failed attempt to climb Bhutan's highest peak, Gangkar Punsum (7,550m). Of Straight Up, Steve says, "I just really wanted people to enjoy reading of our adventures the way they were."The book is published under the Himalayan Kingdoms imprint.Steve Berry has always had a peculiar fascination for the Himalaya. He grew up with his father's stories of India, and was beguiled by black and white photos from his dad's expedition to the Nun Kun massif in Kashmir. From an early age the ambition to explore in the greatest mountain range on earth grew and grew. He has taken part in nine mountaineering adventures to the Himalaya and has now completed some 60 treks in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and various other parts of the Himalaya. He is author of one previous book: The Thunder Dragon Kingdom. He is</p>

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      Day Walks in the Brecon Beacons

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      <p>Day Walks in the Brecon Beacons is the latest hill walking guidebook in the popular 'Day Walks' series from outdoors publisher Vertebrate Publishing, following guides to the Peak District, Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors, Snowdonia and South Downs. This pocket-sized guide features 20 circular routes between 6.8 and 16.5 miles (11km and 16.6km) in length, suitable for hill walkers of all abilities. The routes are split into four areas – Blorenge and The Black Mountains, The Brecon Beacons, Mynydd Llangatwg and Mynydd Llangynidr, Fforest Fawr and The Black Mountain. Local author and walker Harri Roberts shares his favourite walks in the region, including circuits in the hills around Llangors Lake, the Taf Fechan Skyline and Pen y Fan, and the Llanbedr Horseshoe.Each route features Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance and navigation information, and refreshment stops and local information. The walks are illustrated with stunning photography by the author and outdoor photographer Adam Long.Harri Roberts is a freelance writer, editor and translator based in Newport, Gwent. He has authored a number of Welsh walking guides, including a forthcoming official guidebook to the Wales Coast Path (Amroth to Swansea section). His love of the Brecon Beacons developed during research for an ambitious guide to the Cambrian Way, a high-level, Welsh 'end-to-end' across some of the most scenic and mountainous terrain in the country.</p>

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      North York Moors Mountain Biking: Moorland Trails

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      <p>A mountain biking guide from Vertebrate Graphics featuring 21 routes in the North York Moors National Park, all between 10 and 77 kilometrers in length, suitable for all levels of mountain bikers. The guide is written by a moors local and experienced mountain biker and each route within the guide contains OS 1:50,000 mapping, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, a difficulty grading and information on refreshment stops and local knowledge. Also featured is a section detailing the Top Ten downhill's and singletrack – information on the nearby purpose-built trail centres at Dalby Forest and Guisborough is also included.</p>

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      Day Walks in the Peak District: 20 Classic Circular Routes

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      <p>Day Walks in the Peak District: 20 classic circular routes is the full second edition of Vertebrate Publishing's original guide to hill walking in the Peak District National Park.The original Day Walks in the Peak District proved to be a popular guide amongst walkers. Updates to this new edition include: Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale maps, all new photography, and updated routes to reflect recent changes – such as the opening of the Monsal Trail through Chee Dale.This book features 20 circular walks, between 8.25 and 12 miles (13km and 19.5km) in length, suitable for hill walkers of all abilities. The routes are split into three areas – The High Moors, Hills Tors and Edges and Limestone Country – and feature walks around some of the most wild and beautiful places in the National Park, including; Alport Castles, Back Tor and Derwent Edge, the Kinder Edges, Chatsworth, Stanage Moor, The Roaches, Chee Dale, Lathkill Dale, Chrome Hill, Cressbrook Dale, Wolfscote Dale and Dove Dale.Researched and written by local hill walkers, each route features: clear and easy-to-use Ordnance Survey maps, easy-to-follow directions, details of distance, navigation information, refreshment stops and local knowledge. The book is illustrated with stunning location photography, and also features a detailed Appendix.</p>

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      Mountaineering in the Ecrins Massif

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      <p>Mountaineering in the Ecrins Massif showcases the Ecrins' most beautiful summits through a selection of the area's best lower grade snow, rock and mixed climbs.Authors Frederic Chevaillot, Paul Grobel and Jean-Rene Minelli have chosen 25 classic Ecrins routes – graded between F and AD – that have come to be regarded as classics due to their quality, their altitude or, simply, their easy access.These routes provide the essential pleasures of mountaineering: getting off the beaten track, enjoying the pure mountain air and delighting in the charms of the high mountains. Most of these routes are at the boundary between hiking and technical alpinism and should be within the capabilities of any fit hiker-mountaineer.Routes and peaks featured include: the Aiguille du Goleon; the north ridge of the Aiguille Dibona; the south ridge of Pic Coolidge; the north-east face of the Meije Orientale; and the traverse of the Barre des Ecrins ridge, plus many more.Each route features a detailed and comprehensive route description, a sketch map and a route summary detailing the start point, difficulty, timings, height gain, best time of year and the gear required. A conscious decision was made to limit the selection to relatively easy climbs, and so the routes described in this book – a mere fraction of the climbs in the magnificent Ecrins Massif – should be within the capabilities of almost all mountaineers.</p>

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      Great Britain Mountain Biking

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      <p>Great Britain Mountain Biking is a comprehensive area-by-area guide to the best of British mountain biking. Authors Tom Fenton and Andy McCandlish have compiled everything you need to know about the best places to ride mountain bikes in England, Scotland and Wales – the ideal companion for planning weekends away. Ride hidden singletrack in the Peak District, cross remote passes in the Lake District, reach mountain summits in the Highlands, explore open moorland on Dartmoor, cruise chalk trails on the South Downs and plan trips to those parts of the country where you've always wanted to ride. The book is split into four sections – Southern England, Northern England, Wales and Scotland. Within each area is a detailed introduction, advice on what kind of riding to expect and when to go. Each area includes at least one featured route – 56 in total – complete with introduction, information box, route directions and Ordnance Survey map, together with suggestions for further rides (over 200 in total!), with abbreviated directions to allow you to plan your adventures. There's also a detailed information panel with accommodation details, bike shops, trail centres and more. The book is illustrated with stunning photography throughout.Tom Fenton has been riding mountain bikes for 15 years, all over the UK and around Europe. As author of Mountain Biking Trail Centres – The Guide, Tom rode every waymarked, man-made MTB trail in the UK. He is also the author of Cotswolds Mountain Biking, Cycling in the Peak District and has edited several of Vertebrate Publishing's bestselling mountain biking titles, including Lake District Mountain Biking.Andy McCandlish is one of the UK's top mountain biking photojournalists, and an expert on Scottish mountain biking. His articles and photography feature regularly in the cycling press, including MBR magazine, What MTB and more. He is the co-author of Bike Scotland Trails Guide, published by Pocket</p>

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      Mountaineering in the Mont Blanc Range

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      <p>Mountaineering in the Mont Blanc Range showcases the most beautiful lower grade snow, ice and mixed climbs (F to AD+) in the seemingly inexhaustible Mont Blanc Range. The routes described in this book should be within the capabilities of almost all mountaineers.Reflecting all recent changed topographical conditions due to the steady glacial retreat created by climate change, authors Jean-Louis Laroche and Florence Lelong have selected 36 climbs from across the range, which are easily accessible from well appointed mountain huts, useful telepheriques and mountain railways.The routes described are an ideal introduction to the climbing in this magnificent area. They are on snow or mixed ground and, distributed among the main glacier basins, they will enable you to visit a representative selection of summits along the full length of the range. Among them are some of the finest classics, including: the North Face of the Tete Blanche; the Whymper Route on the Aiguille d'Argentiere; the Cosmiques Ridge of the Aiguille du Midi; the Normal Route, Contamine-Grisolle, and Chere Couloir on the Mont Blanc du Tacul; and of course a choice of routes on Mont Blanc itself.Each route features a detailed and comprehensive route description, a sketch map and a route summary detailing the start point, difficulty, timings, height gain, best time of year and the gear required. Beautifully illustrated with photos that show both the lie of the land and also the haunting beauty of the fabulous peaks of the Mont Blanc Range, this guide clearly indicates alpinism's continued popularity to climbers of all ages.</p>

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      Peak Rock: The History, the Routes, the Climbers

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      <p>Peak Rock is a celebration of significant developments at the cutting edge of rock climbing in the Peak District, from the day that James W. Puttrell first set foot on rock at Wharncliffe in the late nineteenth century, through to modern day ascents on the area's gritstone and limestone crags.Meticulously researched and written by a team of local authors, this is the story of the sharp end of Peak District climbing as told through the words of many of the Peak's – and the world's – top climbers, including: James W. Puttrell, Jack Longland, Joe Brown, Don Whillans, Ed Drummond, Tom Proctor, John Allen, Ron Fawcett, Andy Pollitt, Jerry Moffatt, Johnny Dawes, Ben Moon, Miles Gibson, Pete Whittaker, Steve McClure, Ryan Pasquill and many more.The late Giles Barker first started work on Peak Rock – then titled Peak Performance – in the early 1980s, before progress was halted by his premature death in 1992. It was almost twenty years before Phil Kelly picked up where Giles left off, pulling together Giles' original research and interviews, which were stored at the Mountain Heritage Trust. Phil enlisted Graham Hoey to work on the book, updating the manuscript with their own interview material and other primary source information, writing a number of missing chapters and also adding a number of chapters, including the significant developments of the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.Phil and Graham brought in a team of experienced Peak District climbers drawing on their knowledge of specific developments – trad climbing, sport climbing, bouldering, gritstone, limestone – and worked with them to develop individual chapters. This resulting book on the history of Peak District climbing is the most comprehensive to be published since Eric Byne and Geoff Sutton's High Peak in 1966.Phil Kelly's first experience of climbing was to be top-roped up the descent route at Lancashire's Deeply Vale aged 10. He returned to climbing in</p>

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      Day Walks in the Peak District

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      <p>A compact and portable hillwalking guidebook, with 20 circular routes in the Peak District, between 8 and 13 miles in length, suitable for hillwalkers of all abilities.Routes are split into three areas: The High Moors, including the Kinder plateau and Bleaklow; Hills, Tors and Edges, including walks around the Eastern Edges such as Stanage and Burbage; and Limestone Country with walks in the beautiful limestone dales and valleys of the Peak.Each route is described with easy-to-follow directions and details of distance, navigation information, refreshment stops and is plotted on clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping.</p>

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      Cold Wars: Climbing the Fine Line between Risk and Reality

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      <p>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.Andy Kirkpatrick has a reputation for seeking out routes where the danger is real, and the return is questionable, pushing himself on some of the hardest walls and faces in the Alps and beyond. He was born and raised on a council estate in Hull, one of the UK's flattest cities, and suffered from severe dyslexia, which went undiagnosed until he was 19. Thriving on this apparent adversity, Andy transformed himself into one of the world's most driven and accomplished climbers, and an award-winning writer. In 2001 he undertook an eleven-day solo ascent of the Reticent Wall on El Capitan, one of the hardest solo climbs in the world. This climb was the central theme of his first book Psychovertical, which won the 2008 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature. Cold Wars, which also won the Boardman Tasker Prize in 2012, is his second book. Andy lives in Sheffield with his two children.</p>

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      Statement: The Ben Moon Story

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      <p>"Ever since I first set foot on rock at the tender age of seven years, climbing has been the most important thing in my life. In fact I would go so far as to say it is my reason for living and as long as I am able to climb I hope I will. It is from climbing I draw my inspiration for life."On 14 June 1990, at Raven Tor in the Derbyshire Peak District, twenty-four-year-old Ben Moon squeezed his feet into a pair of rock shoes, tied in to his rope, chalked his fingers and pulled on to the wickedly overhanging, zebra-striped wall of limestone. Two minutes later he had made rock-climbing history with the first ascent of Hubble, now widely recognised as the world's first F9a.Born in the suburbs of London in 1966, Moon started rock climbing on the sandstone outcrops of Kent and Sussex. A pioneer in the sport-climbing revolution of the 1980s and a bouldering legend in the 1990s, he is one of the most iconic rock climbers in the sport's history,In Statement, Moon's official biography, award-winning writer Ed Douglas paints a portrait of a climbing visionary and dispels the myth of Moon as an anti-traditional climbing renegade. Interviews with Moon are complemented with insights from family and friends and extracts from magazines and personal diaries and letters.Ed Douglas is an award-winning author of eight books about mountains and their people, and a journalist whose work most often appears in the Observer and the Guardian, where he contributes to the Country Diary. Previous books include the first full-length biography of Tenzing Norgay, who climbed Everest with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, and Ron Fawcett's Rock Athlete, winner of the 2010 Boardman Tasker Prize.</p>

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      Lake District Mountain Landscape

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      <p>Lake District Mountain Landscape is a spectacular photographic perspective on the Lake District from award-winning mountain photographer and filmmaker Alastair Lee. More than five years in the making, it is a work of extraordinary commitment and originality.With an emphasis on the mountain heights, Lee captures the otherworldliness and majesty of the 'English Alps' in all seasons and conditions. An experienced climber, Lee brings all his skill and tenacity to the task of capturing sunrise from the summits of the highest peaks in England, moonlight on icy slopes and seas of cloud filling the familiar valleys of Lakeland.Ascents of seemingly unscalable crags such as Pillar and Gimmer Crag are celebrated, and 360-degree panoramas in ethereal upland light from high peaks including Helvellyn, Bowfell and Great Gable are complemented by a series of identifying sketches.In a book which is full of revelations for Lakelanders and visitors alike, Alastair Lee renews and redefines the magic of this much-loved landscape.Alastair Lee is a multi award winning photographer and filmmaker. He has been taking photographs since he first went travelling at the age of twenty, and his main focus in front of the camera has always been his passion for rock climbing and mountaineering.He is the author of seven books, including the acclaimed Pendle, a collection of photographs of his beloved Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and Baffin Island, a lavish photographic record of his expedition to Mount Asgard with world-renowned rock climber Leo Houlding. More than five years in the making, Lake District Mountain Landscape is his most ambitious book project.Over the past ten years Lee has also established himself as one of the world's leading mountain and adventure filmmakers, scooping numerous awards at film festivals around the world: his 2008 release On Sight won the prestigious Grand Prize and Best Climbing Film award at the 2008 Kendal Mountain Film Fes</p>

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      One Day as a Tiger: Alex Macintyre and the Birth of Light and Fast Alpinism

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      <p>"The wall was the ambition, the style became the obsession."In the autumn of 1982, a single stone fell from high on the south face of Annapurna and struck Alex MacIntyre on the head, killing him instantly and robbing the climbing world of one of its greatest talents.Although only twenty-eight years old, Alex was already one of the leading figures of British mountaineering's most successful era. His ascents included hard new routes on Himalayan giants like Dhaulagiri and Changabang and a glittering record of firsts in the Alps and Andes.Yet how Alex climbed was as important as what he climbed. He was a mountaineering prophet, sharing with a handful of contemporaries–including his climbing partner Voytek Kurtyka–the vision of a purer form of alpinism on the world's highest peaks.One Day As A Tiger, John Porter's revelatory and poignant memoir of his friend Alex MacIntyre, shows mountaineering at its extraordinary best and tragic worst–and draws an unforgettable picture of a dazzling, argumentative and exuberant legend.</p>

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      Day Walks on the South Downs

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      <p>Day Walks on the South Downs is the fifth title in Vertebrate Publishing's series of compact and portable hill walking guidebooks. This book showcases 20 circular routes, between six and 14 miles (9km and 22km) in length, suitable for hill walkers of all abilities.The routes are split into three geographical areas–Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex–and include walks to the most historic and beautiful areas of the Downs, including Winchester Hill Fort, Black Down, Chanctonbury Ring, Devil's Dyke, Ditchling Beacon and Beachy Head.The author of this guidebook, Deirdre Huston, is a South Downs local and keen hill walker. This is Deirdre's third book with Vertebrate Publishing, following the successful and popular Cycling in Sussex, and the recently released Cycling Days Out South East England.Each route in this guide is described with easy-to-follow directions and details of distance, navigation information, refreshment stops and is plotted on clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping.</p>

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      Hanging On: A Life Inside British Climbing's Golden Age

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      <p>The start of a love affair."I kicked off my shoes and prepared to climb in stocking feet, aware of an enormous sense of occasion as I laid hands on the rock and stepped up on the first rounded hold. It was not a hard climb but that was unimportant. I felt instinctively at home and at the finish experienced such a surge of happy elation that I knew then I was committed to climbing."Martin Boysen's passion for crags and mountains springs from his deep love of nature and a strong sense of adventure. From his early days on rock as a Kent schoolboy after the war, he was soon among the most gifted climbers of his or any generation, famed for his silky technique.Boysen made a huge contribution to British rock climbing, especially in North Wales; he discovered Gogarth in the 1960s and climbed some of the best new routes of his era: Nexus on Dinas Mot, The Skull on Cyrn Las and the magisterial Capital Punishment on Ogwen's Suicide Wall.For more than two decades, Boysen was also one of Britain's leading mountaineers. A crucial member of Sir Chris Bonington's team that climbed the South Face of Annapurna in 1970, Boysen was also part of Bonington's second summit team on the South West face of Everest. In 1976 he made the first ascent of Trango Tower with Joe Brown.Along the way, Boysen climbed with some of the most important figures in the history of the sport, not just stars like Bonington and Brown, but those who make climbing so rich and intriguing, like Nea Morin and the brilliant but doomed Gary Hemming. He joined Hamish MacInnes hunting gold in Ecuador, doubled for Clint Eastwood on the North Face of the Eiger and worked on director Fred Zinnemann's last movie.Wry, laconic and self-deprecating, Martin Boysen's Hanging On is an insider's account of British climbing's golden age.</p>

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      Deep Play: Climbing the World's Most Dangerous Routes

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      <p>Winner of the 1997 Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, Paul Pritchard's Deep Play is a unique, stylish and timeless commentary reflecting the pressures and rewards of climbing some of the world's hardest and most challenging rock climbs.Pritchard started climbing in Lancashire before moving to join the vibrant Llanberis scene of the mid 1980s, at a time when the adventurous development of the Dinorwig slate quarries was in full swing. Many of the new slate routes were notable for their fierce technical difficulty and sparse protection, and Pritchard took a full part in this arcane sub-culture of climbing and at the same time deployed his skills on the Anglesey sea cliffs to produce a clutch of equally demanding wall climbs.Born with an adventurous soul, it was not long before Pritchard and his friends were planning exotic trips. In 1987, paired with Johnny Dawes, Pritchard made an epoch-making visit to Scotland's Sron Ulladale to free its famous aid route, The Scoop. Pritchard and Dawes, with no previous high altitude experience, then attempted the Catalan Pillar of Bhagirathi III in the Garwhal Himalaya in India, a precocious first expedition prematurely curtailed when Pritchard was hit by stonefall at the foot of the face. In 1992, Pritchard and Noel Craine teamed up with the alpinists Sean Smith and Simon Yates to climb a big wall route on the East Face of the Central Tower of Paine, Patagonia. Pritchard followed this with an equally fine first ascent of the West Face of Mt Asgard on Baffin Island.Other trips – to Yosemite, Pakistan and Nepal as well as returns to Patagonia – resulted in a clutch of notable repeats, first ascents and some failures. The failure list also included two life threatening falls (one on Gogarth, the other on Creag Meaghaidh), which prompted the author into thought-provoking personal re-assessments, in advance of his later near-terminal accident on The Totem Pole in Tasmania.</p>

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      Steve McClure: Beyond Limits: A Life Through Climbing

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      <p>Beyond Limits is the autobiography of Steve McClure, one of the world's top rock climbers. From his childhood encounters with the sandstone outcrops of the North York Moors right up to his cutting-edge first ascents such as Overshadow (F9a+) at Malham and Mutation (F9a) at Raven Tor, Steve explores his deep passion for climbing and how it has dictated and shaped his life.Introduced to climbing by his parents at an early age, Steve quickly progressed as a climber, developing a fascination with movement and technical difficulty. Rapidly reaching a high standard, Steve became torn between the desire to climb increasingly bold routes and his hesitant approach to danger, with a series of close calls forcing him to seriously question his motivations. Searching for a balance between risk and reward, he struggled to find his place as a climber.Having dropped out of the scene, a chance encounter led to his discovery of sport climbing. Free from fear, Steve plunged headlong into this new style and surged through the grades. Pushing everything else aside, he allowed climbing to take over his life. He reached world-class levels of performance, but once again found himself searching for a balance between risk and reward, yet this time the risk was of losing what is truly important in life. As he searches for what really makes him tick, his climbing comes full circle and returns to where it started–climbing for the love of it.Beyond Limits is the story of a climber and his obsessive exploration of the sport, of finding a true passion, taking it to the limits and attempting to delicately balance this passion against other aspects of life to give the greatest rewards.</p>

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    • Vertebrate Publishing

      Day Walks in the Lake District

      Cotswold Outdoor UK

      <p>This book describes 20 circular routes in the Lake District between 5 and 13 miles in length, suitable for hillwalkers of all abilities.The routes are split into four geographical areas and include walks from the main tourist bases, such as Keswick and Ambleside, as well as sought after peaks such as Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Blencathra and helvellyn. Also included for the adventurous are the Lake District's best known scrambles – Striding Edge and Sharp Edge, together with more accessible alternatives.The author of this guidebook, Stephen Goodwin, is a freelance journalist (former staff writer for The Independent), editor of the prestigious Alpine Journal and a Lake District local. In his introductions to each route he recalls the tales of Wordsworth, Walpole and the fascinating history of Lakeland and its peaks and fells.Each route in this guide is described with easy-to-follow directions and details of distance, navigation information, refreshment stops and is plotted on clear and easy to use Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 mapping.</p>

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      £12.95