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Over the Hills and Far Away

by Rob Collister Vertebrate Digital (November 27, 2017)

‘The whole trail has been orchestrated to make it possible for each one of us, in different ways, to be “touched” by wilderness’

Over the Hills and Far Away is a collection of essays that demonstrates...

The Ogre

by Doug Scott Vertebrate Digital (November 16, 2017)

Some mountains are high; some mountains are hard. Few are both.

On the afternoon of 13 July 1977, having become the first climbers to reach the summit of the Ogre, Doug Scott and Chris Bonington began their long...

Nepal Himalaya

by H.W. Tilman & Ed Douglas Vertebrate Digital (April 06, 2017)

Throughout 1949 and 1950 H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman mounted pioneering expeditions to Nepal and its Himalayan mountains, taking advantage of some of the first access to the country for Western travellers in the...

Ice with Everything

by H.W. Tilman, Trevor Robertson & Alex Ramsay Vertebrate Digital (April 06, 2017)

‘For most men, as Epicurus has remarked, rest is stagnation and activity madness. Mad or not, the activity that I have been pursuing for the last twenty years takes the form of voyages to remote, mountainous...

Triumph and Tribulation

by H.W. Tilman, Andrew Craig-Bennett & Bob Comlay Vertebrate Digital (September 28, 2017)

‘Experience is said to be the name men give to their mistakes and of the experience I gained in Spitsbergen that may well be true.’

The circumnavigation of Spitsbergen is the first of three voyages described...

High Mountains and Cold Seas

by J.R.L. Anderson & Tim Madge Vertebrate Digital (September 28, 2017)

Harold William ‘Bill’ Tilman (1898 –1977) was among the greatest adventurers of his time, a pioneering mountaineer and sailor who held exploration above all else.

The son of a Liverpool sugar importer,...

That Untravelled World

by Eric Shipton Vertebrate Digital (September 01, 2017)

‘It is often from our setbacks, even our weaknesses, that we derive some of our greatest blessings.’

That Untravelled World is the autobiography of one of the greatest adventurers of the twentieth century....

The Magician's Glass

by Ed Douglas & Katie Ives Vertebrate Digital (July 31, 2017)

‘How much risk is worth taking for so beautiful a prize?’

The Magician’s Glass by award-winning writer Ed Douglas is a collection of eight recent essays on some of the biggest stories and best-known personalities...

The Everest Years

by Chris Bonington Vertebrate Digital (March 28, 2017)

Sir Chris Bonington is a household name as a result of his distinguished mountaineering career during which he has lead pioneering expeditions to the summits of some of the most stunning mountains in the world....

Undiscovered Scotland

by W.H. Murray Vertebrate Digital (August 25, 2015)

In Mountaineering in Scotland, climber and mountaineer W.H. Murray vividly describes some of the most sought-after and classic British climbs on rock and ice, including the Cuillin Ridge on Skye and Ben Nevis....

Mischief among the Penguins

by H.W. Tilman, Libby Purves & Tom Cunliffe Vertebrate Digital (December 01, 2015)

Hand (man) wanted for long voyage in small boat. No pay, no prospects, not much pleasure.’ So read the crew notice placed in the personal column of The Times by H.W. ‘Bill’ Tilman in the spring of 1959....

Mountains of Tartary

by Eric Shipton Vertebrate Digital (August 25, 2015)

In Undiscovered Scotland climbing and mountaineer W.H. Murray transports the reader to the wilds of Scotland, exploring the hills and climbing on ice, rock and snow. Murray, a former prisoner of war, is relishing...

There is no Map in Hell: The record-breaking run across the Lake District fells

by Steve Birkinshaw & Joss Naylor Vertebrate Digital (May 01, 2017)

In 1986, the legendary fell runner Joss Naylor completed a continuous circuit of all 214 Wainwright fells in the Lake District, covering a staggering distance of over 300 miles - plus many thousands of metres...

In Mischief's Wake: In the joy of the actors lies the sense of any action. That is the explanation, that the excuse.

by H.W. Tilman & Bob Shepton Vertebrate Digital (December 15, 2016)

'I felt like one who had first betrayed and then deserted a stricken friend; a friend with whom for the past fourteen years I had spent more time at sea than on land, and who, when not at sea, had seldom been...

China to Chitral: Mountains are the beginning and end of all scenery

by H.W. Tilman & Tony Howard Vertebrate Digital (December 15, 2016)

'Upon this trackless waste of snow, cut by a shrewd wind they sat down and wept.'

In China to Chitral H.W. 'Bill' Tilman completes one of his great post-war journeys. He travels from Central China, crossing Sinkiang,...