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JON WICKHAM advises on fit and function Buying your first pair of rock shoes can be a tricky business. At George Fisher we have an expertise in boot fitting which transfers across to climbing shoes. Myths about climbing shoes include that they should be bought several sizes smaller than your...

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Graham Thompson, Technical Editor of Trail Magazine is also a fully-qualified expert in pet behaviour. This issue Graham considers taking dogs onto technical terrain. Walking in the hills may follow simple paths but sometimes can involve tackling more technical terrain, and amongst the questions I’m often asked is a recurring...

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This Month's Walk: High Seat and Ullscarf

WALK OF THE MONTHwith Tim Woods of Car Free Walks We’re linking up with, the website for people who love walking but want to reduce their impact on the environment, to bring you a classic walk each issue. THIS ISSUE’S WALK: HIGH SEAT AND ULLSCARF A linear, full-day mountain...

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Our columnist Des Oliver says that sometimes the hills are all you need for company According to the dictionary, the definition of solitude is being alone, or in lonely places. So I suppose mountains are ideal locations for solitude. I recall one instance travelling through the Scottish Highlands when I...

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Measuring the Water Cost

Patagonia’s ‘Our Common Waters’ campaign finds a Lake District link Each of us uses an Olympic-size poolful of water (2.5 million litres) a year. Much of this is our share of industrial production and consumption; the water used to make our stuff. So it’s important to keep an eye on...

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Matterhorn Madness

Our man in Chamonix, mountain guide Mark Seaton recalls a particularly testing client I have worked full time as a Mountain Guide for 21 years. Qualifying as a Guide is demanding, yet once you have the certification you learn to deal with all sorts of different people and situations. This...

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Winter Wanders

Des Oliver says he’s still loving it after 60 years on skis Walking on snow. Sledging on snow. Climbing on snow. And last but not least, skiing on snow. If you live in the Lake District and you’re a mountain enthusiast, sooner or later you’ll find yourself taking part in...

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A FUTURE CHAMPION?Francesca Lee is a Keswick-based ski racer with big ambitions Recently George Fisher started giving some assistance to Francesca Lee, a very keen 13 year old ski racer who attends Keswick School. Francesca started skiing young and moved into racing relatively recently, but has been making quite an...

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