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SKILLS

All set for an early sunset? 9 ways to prepare

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24/10/2017

Since the clocks go back this weekend, suddenly the Sunday evening sunset will arrive significantly earlier. It's easy to be caught out. So to help, let's shine a light on some steps you should take to avoid being unexpectedly out in the dark on the hills.
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SKILLS

How to be hill fit: 12 tips to stay fast

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08/09/2016

The best way to prepare yourself for the hills is to get out in the hills. But what if you can only get out once a month? Running guide Sarah Ridgway reveals her secrets to staying fast.
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SKILLS

Help or hazard? Why GPS may be leading us astray

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08/06/2016

Are hill walkers becoming so reliant on technology that we may be losing a part of ourselves and our ability to ‘see’ the bigger picture? Heather Morning, Mountain Safety Advisor with The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, debates whether that GPS ‘safety net’ is becoming more of a hazard than a help.
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MEDICAL

Hill skills: tick alert

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01/05/2016

There’s nothing quite like discovering a tick on your body to make you squirm with disgust. That head buried in your skin, those little legs wiggling contentedly as it feeds on your blood. It’s a natural instinct to want to rip it out immediately, but wait. Tick-borne diseases are on the rise in many climbing and walking areas - stack the odds in your favour by removing the critter properly.
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SUMMIT MAGAZINE

Hill skills: how to use bothies

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28/04/2015

They’re free, simple shelters in remote country that anyone can use. But bothies can be much more than just a place to sleep – at their best they represent a culture and a community. Here’s how to join in.
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SKILLS

Hill skills: winter mountaineering

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23/12/2014

Travelling through the British hills when they are plastered with snow is incredibly rewarding, and can offer some of the most memorable days out of the year. But the combination of short days and bitterly cold arctic weather systems can present challenges to the unwary mountaineer.
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SKILLS

Six top tips for beginner backpackers

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15/10/2014

What’s better than a day in the hills? Easy – several days or more. Here are our top six essential tips for walkers looking to take their first steps into walking far and sleeping wild.
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SKILLS

Hill skills: how to become a polar adventurer

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03/09/2014

Want to be the next Ranulph Fiennes? Helen Turton has some advice for you polar dreamers.
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SKILLS

Aim high: four tips to fight your fear of heights

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12/06/2014

Are you a hill walker wanting to tackle steeper terrain, but nervous about heights? Don’t panic – there are steps you can take to fight the fear.
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SKILLS

Hill skills: how to go lightweight camping

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22/08/2013

Lightweight camping always seems like a great idea – especially when slogging uphill strapped to a 90-litre monster. But packing light is a dark art – some mountaineers can squeeze all their gear for a multi-day mission into a day sack, whilst others almost need Sherpas for a single overnight camp. What can you do to lose a few pounds?
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