A joint venture between Trail magazine and the British Mountaineering Council, and sponsored by Marmot and Zamberlan, Britain's Mountain Challenges is a series of 9 short videos looking at the most iconic and popular challenges for walkers and scramblers in the hills and mountains of Great Britain.Read More
This short film follows a group on a Mountain Skills course in Snowdonia, which is designed for anyone aged 14 and over who wants to transfer their existing walking skills to more mountainous terrain. The team, who all had experience of walking thanks to the expedition element of the Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, laughed, sang and danced their way through the two day course.
“It was a hilarious couple of days in the mountains with a really friendly and approachable instructor, learning how to become independent in the hills.”
Zoe Wood, 16
Mountain Skills courses are available all over the UK and are part of the nationally accredited Hill & Mountain Skills scheme. Hill Skills courses are designed for beginner walkers who would like to learn how to enjoy our beautiful countryside.
Margaret Ross, 44, who completed a Mountain Skills course in September 2015, said: “The fact that I was able to navigate my own way and make sense of bearings, direction of travel and timings made me feel that with practice I could go anywhere I wanted.
For more information on the range of hill and mountain skills courses from Mountain Training visit www.mountain-training.org
...and it's awesome. But don't take our word for it. Watch it here.Read More
“The question is not what we get out of nature, but what can we give back to nature.”
In 2015, world renowned woodsmen Ray Mears journeyed deep into the remote backcountry of the Temagami region of Ontario, Canada. Here he found himself immersed in Canada’s canoe culture and the captivating legend of Archibald Belaney, better known as Grey Owl.
The Path of Grey Owl is a film by Goh Iromoto shot in Ontario, Canada that follows Ray Mears through the wilderness of Temagami as he explores the path of acclaimed author and conservationist Grey Owl. While reflecting on the landscape that shaped Grey Owl into the person that he was, Ray further delves into Grey Owl’s message about protecting our wilderness and why this is still so relevant and important in our present day.
The days of needing helicopters and camera crews to shoot aerial footage of mountains are thankfully behind us, with the arrival of drones and GoPros turning amateur snappers into film-makers.
This has resulted in numerous stunning videos of the UK ranges hitting YouTube and the best thing is most of them are shot by walkers just like you!
Check out Trail's selection of the best videos below.
In search of a Winter Landscape Photo - Winter comes to Glencoe...
By Scotland's Mountains
Winter has arrived, seen from the air in the Cairngorms.
By Kirk Watson
A Year in the Mountains 2015
By Rob Johnson
High Above, The Scottish Highlands
By Elevate Studio
Aerial scenes - 'Life of a Mountain: Blencathra'
By Terry Abraham
Danny Macaskill: The Ridge
As featured in the January 2016 issue of Trail, Salewa athlete and mountain instructor Paddy Cave takes you on a guided tour of Tower Ridge on Ben Nevis.
Widely regarded as the greatest Alpine route in Britain, Paddy talks you through all of the major obstacles and challenges in an action-packed video shot by Stephen Ashworth.
To be in with a chance of winning your own guided mountain adventure with Paddy, click here.
'The Citadel' - an epic new mountain film from multi-award winning film producer Alastair Lee starring Osprey athlete Matt Helliker and his climbing partner Jon Bracey is now on show at film festivals across the globe.
As the world's first mountaineering documentary shot entirely in 4k, this film offers a stunning insight into the world of alpine climbing. Featuring Matt Helliker and Jon Bracey as they make the first ascent of the extraordinary 1200m long north-west ridge of the Citadel. Named 'The Mountain God', the Citadel is a spectacular 3000m peak in one of the remaining untouched and unexplored corners of the Great Alaskan Range: The Neacola Mountains.
The team embarked upon this project with the objective to push the boundaries and capture hard alpine climbing like never before. Employing the latest cineflex technology combined with an innovative vision the final results are truly incredible; the next dimension in mountain film. 'The Citadel' is set to be a stunning visual piece the like of which has not been seen to date.
The film begins in Matt and Jon's hometown of Chamonix, France where we see the ins and outs of their deeply contrasting personal lives. The stage is also set here for why two accomplished mountaineers must still seek out new lines in unchartered territory where the odds are stacked heavily against them. We take a front seat ride and are with Matt and Jon every step of the way through all the hardships and struggles, hopes and disappointments that will have you on the edge of your seat!
Watch the trailer below:
It's a vision that prompts mixed emotions, an image of beauty side by side with terror. And rightly so; for this astonishing photo of the Matterhorn's Hornli Ridge lit with red lamps was created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the mountain's first ascent: an event as bloody as it was glorious.
Though the photograph was shot in 2014, it's likely the mountain will again appear the same way as you read this. The picture is the result of a test run for the anniversary this year, when Zermatt Mountain Guides and Swiss gear manufacturer Mammut will be lighting Edward Whymper's first ascent route for the entire month of July. The deadly first ascent of the 4478m peak – which claimed the lives of four of the seven-strong party – celebrated its landmark birthday on 14 July; but the celebrations in Zermatt are stretching across the year, with outdoor theatre events, commemorative clothing, street festivals and exhibitions. The peak was closed for 24 hours on the anniversary itself as a mark of respect; since the first ascent in 1865, over 500 climbers have died on the peak.
To create the image, teams of guides set off from the Hornli Hut armed with GPS units, altimeters and powerful Mammut X-Sun headtorches. Precision was critical: 46 lights (some of them on the heads of guides, some of them installed by them in situ) needed to be positioned equidistant from each other all the way up the fearsome ridge. Photographer Robert Bosch – famous for his work with Mammut and the Zermatt guides on a series of striking advertising photographs – was stationed at a distance, ready to capture the completed chain of lights tracing the route to the summit.
Given the mountain's natural form, it was always destined to be a striking image. But as in mountaineering, creating the photograph was always going to be a running battle with the weather, and worries were stoked when, just as the lit chain was completed and the pre-dawn sky was sufficiently dark, wisps of cloud began to menace the peak. Thankfully it turned out to be to the team's artistic advantage: in Bosch's long exposure, the cloud takes on a sinister red cast from the lamps. The result is a striking visual metaphor for humankind's spectacular, troubled relationship with this most famous - and notorious - of mountains.
How this incredible image came to be shot is itself an impressive feat - watch the video below to see how it was done.
Inspired by the incredible events surrounding an attempt to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest documents the awe-inspiring journey of two different expeditions challenged beyond their limits by one of the fiercest snowstorms ever encountered by mankind.
Their mettle tested by the harshest elements found on the planet, the climbers will face nearly impossible obstacles as a lifelong obsession becomes a breathtaking struggle for survival.
The epic adventure stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson and Jake Gyllenhaal.
Everest is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns, Contraband) and produced by Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, as well as Nicky Kentish Barnes and Kormákur.
Universal Pictures and Walden Media’s presentation of Everest—in association with Cross Creek Picture—is adapted for the screen by William Nicholson (Gladiator) and Oscar® winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire).
The film was shot on location in Nepal on the foothills of Everest, the Italian Alps and at Cinecittà Studios in Rome and Pinewood Studios in the U.K. Universal will distribute Everest worldwide.
RELEASE DATE:Out in UK Cinemas 24th September
On the 52nd anniversary of the first American Mt. Everest expedition, XTreme Video and Vimeo on Demand are releasing “High and Hallowed: Everest 1963”, a homage to the daring few early Everest pioneers.
Created and directed by David Morton and Jake Norton, this climbing documentary will be made exclusively available on Vimeo On Demand for 30 days. It's available to buy or rent at Vimeo.com/ondemand/handh with part of the film proceeds being donated to relief efforts in Nepal.
The film portrays the deeper story of the greatest Himalayan climb in American mountaineering history. Profiling the bold and visionary efforts of the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition, the film examines the sheer commitment, step-by-step struggle and lasting impact of the first American ascent of Mount Everest and the pioneering first ascent of the West Ridge by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld. Five decades later, “High and Hallowed” journeys back to Everest to discover if the essence of risk, adventure and the unknown that drew the first Americans to the summit still exists on Everest today.
WHAT THE PRESS SAYS
“If you haven’t seen this film yet, do yourself a favour and watch….” - The Unofficial Networks.
“The film looks absolutely spectacular and I can't wait to hear more about it after it makes its debut.” - The Adventure Blog
FESTIVAL NOMINATIONS & AWARDS
• Torello Mountain Film Festival BBVA 2013: Best Mountain Film
• Boulder International Film Festival 2014: Best Colorado Film
• Boulder Adventure Film 2013: Best Climbing Film
• New Hampshire Film Festival 2013: Best Short Documentary
• Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival 2013: Best Short Documentary
• Durango Independent Film Festival: Jury Commendation
• Berg Abenteuer Film Festival 2013: Honorable Mention, Alpine Documentation
NARRATED BY JON KRAKAUER & STARRING WORLD FAMOUS CLIMBERS
Successful writer and Everest veteran, Jon Krakauer climbed Mt. Everest in 1996, but a storm took the lives of four of the five teammates who reached the summit with him. Writing and documenting stories for prestigious media, he is the ideal explorer to narrate this adventure on top of the world. The documentary is starring world best and legendary adventurers including, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Barry Bishop, Rienhold Messner, Steve House, Doug Scott, Ed Viesturs to name of few.
48 mins / HD / Documentary / 2013 / English language / Available with French, German and Spanish subtitles
Skye's mighty Cuillin Ridge is Britain's ultimate mountaineering challenge.
When Trail Magazine made this legendary traverse in 2015, they didn't go alone. Naturally he had a guide with him: the rock-solid Paddy Cave (MIC) of Mountain Circles.
But Oli and Paddy were also accompanied by photographer and cameraman Stephen Ashworth of Movie iT who filmed the adventure for the Salewa clothing brand.
Check out the fantastic video below.
The eruption of Japan's Mount Ontake volcano is the latest example of how merciless nature's might can be and how, despite 21st century technology, we're still not able to always predict these things.
Tragically, as of today, this eruption has claimed the lives of at least 47 people. Mount Ontake is a popular hiking destination and the eruption occurred at a time when there were lots of walkers on the mountain and in an area that included a busy mountain lodge. Unfortunately, with little or no warning than an eruption was about to take place, nobody was prepared for such a catastrophic event.
This video was shot by some lucky survivors who were further away from the eruption site, but shows how frightening it must be to get caught up in the subsequent ash-cloud:
On the face of it, strapping a rucksack to our backs and setting off up a hill for no particular reason doesn't make a huge amount a sense.
Indeed, for those of us that love nothing better than disappearing into the mountains when life allows us the time to do so, explaining to the uninitiated why we get so much pleasure from it can be a difficult thing.
Well, thanks to this marvellous video from former Trail man Ben Winston, convincing your non-hillwalking friends and families that you're not start raving bonkers just got a whole lot easier.
Check it out below, and if anybody ever asks you why you walk, point them in the direction of this video too.
Have you ever jumped Tryfan's Adam and Eve? If so, do you remember your first time?
If you've never attempted it, this is about as close as you can get to the real thing without risking you neck, which, incidentally, is a very real danger when you're actually up there.
Until this moment, Trail magazine's Dan Aspel had never jumped them either. It's fair to say he was nervous.
In this short video, filmed in conjunction with the British Mountaineering Council (www.thebmc.co.uk), join Dan as he musters the nerve to make the jump, and share his before and after thoughts on this most famous of mountain challenges.
Oh, and be sure to stick around 'til the end to see just how nervous he actually was...
In the current issue of Country Walking (on sale now), we visit the wreck of the B-29 bomber which crashed on Bleaklow just after the Second World War.
Here's a video showing why it's just a site of pilgrimage for so many people – and teaching you how to use a good GPS to get there…
Have we got a challenge for you!
Once upon a time, and long before he joined our illustrious magazine, a certain member of Team Trail carelessly let his Ordnance Survey Active Explorer OL17 map slip out of his rucksack and into a deep crack in the rocks while lunch-breaking near the Cantilever Stone on the summit of Glyder Fach in Snowdonia.
Amazingly, many years later, it's still there! But can YOU find it?
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch this video, and get looking next time you're in North Wales...
This video shows to highlight the skills of rescue helicopter pilots and the bravery of their crews.
This video happens to come from over the Atlantic, but the amazing piloting on display could equally have come from a UK mountain rescue chopper, or from our continental cousins in the Alps.
But, all that to one side, there is one question that we can't help but ask: how on earth did the rescuee end up there?
Did he climb up and get stuck? Did he fall down and get lucky? Did another helicopter crew drop him off earlier and forget about him? Is he the victim of a bizarre stag-do prank?
Your thoughts, please...
On the evening of 6/30/14 we received an assistance request from the King County Sheriff for a hiker who had become cliffed out above Melakwa Lake near Snoqualmie Pass. The hiker was notified that ground teams from Seattle Mountain Rescue and King Co. Explorer Search and Rescue were en route but that it would be several hours before they reached his position. The hiker was concerned that he would not be able to hold onto the ledge until then. Our crew spotted the stranded hiker at the 5000' level on the west side of Chair Peak in vertical terrain and discussed how to best access his position. We landed at the upper Alpental ski area parking lot to offload gear/personnel and then flew back to the hiker's location to attempt a hoist rescue. The team was able to successfully use the Strop extraction technique to bring the hiker to safety around 8:30pm.
Here, in short video form, is a good lesson to learn.
No matter how warm the day, how hot the sun, and how sweat drenched you are, the waters of a Welsh llyn are always much, much colder than you expect them to be.
WARNING: You may see a little more of some of Team Trail than you might like. Sorry about that.
Come with Country Walking writer Nick Hallissey as he strolls the beautiful snowbound spinneys of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, on the trail of Pooh, Piglet, Christopher Robin and the gang!
This was the heartland of AA Milne's classic children's stories, and in the new issue of Country Walking (OUT NOW!) we've explored it all. So here's a sneak peak, accompanied by the timeless words of Milne himself. It's like Jackanory… with Gore-Tex!
Click HERE for a preview of the new issue, starring Ashdown Forest and much, much more...
Laughing at the misfortune of others is probably something we should be ashamed of – even more so when the person involved is a young lady on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
But when the incident involves a large and particularly gooey puddle of mud and both the star of the show and her friend behind the camera are equally amused by events, we think we can be forgiven.
Check it out and judge for yourself.