From the long-distance continental thru-routes of North America to Britain’s biggest multi-summit conquests, we’ve selected 5 of the world’s best hiking challenges.
Mount Huashan (7,066ft) has five prominent peaks, however it’s the South Peak which has the famed Plank Road. The short plank walk does not require climbing equipment, however you will need to hire a harness. The via ferrata allows you to negotiate across the route’s one-foot-wide boards which snake around Huashan’s exposed cliff faces.
The mountain also has another via ferrata on its East Peak, which starts with an very steep downwards climb and leads to the breathtaking Chess Pavilion (again, you have the opportunity to hire a harness).
Winter mountaineering can mean anything from hillwalking to technical climbing, and the footwear and equipment requirements are different for every activity.
Scottish winter weather can vary in the space of a single day, so always be prepared for the worst.
With more and more indoor climbing centres and outdoor areas opening up you don’t need to live near cliffs and mountains to get involved. From indoor bouldering to outdoor lead climbing, it’s a fun but challenging way to get fit.
This guide has everything you need to learn the lingo, gear up, and get started.
If you’re ready to test your bouldering skills in the great outdoors, Britain has an abundance of high quality climbing routes, also known as climbing ‘problems’, for you to choose from. Here are 5 of the UK’s finest outdoor bouldering spots, with some essential tips, tricks and safety pointers to get you started.