No matter how much time we spend in the mountains, our need for immersion in their wild and challenging space is never quite satisfied. There is something that lingers amongst the peaks we love that calls us back time and time again, vanquishing our complacency and drawing out all kinds of creative thought and action.

Our Periodicals emulate this creativity and ambition through regularly updated, serialised content. Learn and research iconic peaks with our summit special feature, get some inspiration for your next trip from our photography series or learn how our athletes stay strong in the training temple.

Black Dots

PT.05 Northern & Western Highlands, Raasay & Skye

The penultimate trip for Black Dots saw me base myself in Fort William, first exploring the deep glens and coastal hideaways of Lochaber, to the islands of Raasay and Skye, culminating in an exploration of northern Sutherland. With the midges ...

Black Dots

PT.04 The Borders & Snowdonia

Wainhope, Kielder Forest, England The Lakeland bothies are not all that Northern England has to offer. The MBA network has also found it's way to the Pennines and the forests lining the England/Scotland border. I've wanted to...

Commitment

Commitment Series - Mel Bernier: Fulfilment

“It’s all about balance, so for me if you remove the playing part and the training part, I don’t think the houses I design would be as nice. The thing that’s always been consistent for me is my passion for skiing....

Summit Special

Mount Rainier

"Of all the fire mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest." - John Muir Mount Rainier towers over the Puget Sound, alternately shining with fresh snow in winter or gl...

Commitment

Commitment Series - Greg Boswell: Dedication

“My life revolves around climbing. I left school to work in a climbing shop, left the climbing shop to work at a climbing wall...” ...

Summit Special

El Capitan

Seeing El Cap for the first time is staggering. Some things in nature have power; I think it is easy to see why Native Americans lived in its shadow for thousands of years. At first glance many people don’t notice the climbers, tiny black sp...

Training Temple

Muscular Balance & Injury Prevention

For our second installment of the "Training Temple” we visited one of CPC’s gruelling classes to see how free weights and a basic exercise programme can help on the rock. What’s great about the programme is that Tom and Harr...

Black Dots

PT.03 Northern Highlands

The Northern Highlands is home to some of the most iconic bothies in the MBA network. From the coastal hideaways of Kearvaig and Strathchailleach on Cape Wrath to the popular Shenavall on the fringes of The Great Wilderness; these impressive n...

Commitment

Commitment Series - Tom Randall: Obsession

“In all truth, my climbing sits at this slightly higher level in terms of the burning desire of what happens when I get up in the morning. I constantly feel guilty about it. But I do recognise who and what I am.” ...

Black Dots

PT.02 The Cairngorms

Scotland is undoubtedly the Mecca of bothies. With 80% of Mountain Bothy Association shelters scattered the length and breadth of the country, the remote wilderness of Scotland is truly the epicenter of bothy culture in the United Kingdom.&n...

Summit Special

Mont Blanc

The Mont Blanc Massif contains quite possibly the finest range of Alpine climbs anywhere in the world, concentrated in a relatively small area straddling the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland and centred around the mighty Mont Blanc ...

Commitment

Commitment Series - Libby Peter: Devotion

“I feel incredibly lucky to have found my thing, the part of me that has given my journey through life the most meaning, and the most shape.” ...

Commitment

Commitment Series

For many people the mountains and an outdoor life are all encompassing, embracing training and ambition with community and culture. For some it’s about balancing work with play, or home life with a desire to explore the limits of what...

Black Dots

PT.01 The Lake District & Snowdonia

There’s something very primal about bothying; heading into the mountains with only very basic essentials and seeking refuge in a remote cabin in some far-flung glen is certainly poetic. This temporal, semi-nomadic lifestyle is embraced b...

Summit Special

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis, or “The Ben” as it is affectionately known, is the highest mountain in the UK, but there’s far more to this Scottish hulk than simply being the highest point in Britain. The Ben, like many mountains in Britain&rsq...

Training Temple

An Analytical Approach to Climbing

“I think there definitely used to be a culture of secret training in the UK” says Tom Randall as he sits in the shade of his home climbing wall - a huge four-panel construction with everything from circuit boards and pull-up slats to a...

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