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The links on the right are mainly useful information resources, the ones on the left are more commercial, but also contain valuable information of course.

HARVEY Maps: Superb maps specially designed for walkers


SILVA: High quality compasses etc  Silva

Garmin: GPS  systems    www.garmin.com/uk

Satmap: outdoor GPS systems www.satmap.co.uk


Micronavigation: A complete navigational field instruction manual for Mountain Rescue and Search & Rescue Teams micronavigation.org


Alpkit: good quality kit sold on-line for climbing, camping, trekking etc  www.alpkit.com

Up and Under on-line outdoor recreation and professional equipment at competitive prices www.upandunder.co.uk

Shaven Raspberry: a small company specialising in high quality safety and survival aids, including hard to find navigation and map reading tools  www.shavenraspberry.com

Contact Radio: sell and hire-out licensed hand portable VHF radio sets  www.contactradio.co.uk


Grough - topical news and views on the outdoor scene:-   www.grough.co.uk


The Great Outdoors - website of TGO Magazine www.tgomagazine.co.uk


Live for the Outdoors - website from EMAP who produce Trail and Country Walking magazines www.livefortheoutdoors.com/


PCRC Snowdon 500  - climb Snowdon in aid of the Prostate Cancer Research Centre (PCRC), also a new event, the arduous and rewarding Welsh Three Peaks Challenge which takes in Pen y Fan, Cadair Idris and Snowdon.  Over £1m has been raised by these events so far, funding research into the treatment of advanced prostate cancer:-  Snowdon500 


The Railway Children - Unusual challenge events in support of the Railway Children charity - including the unique and brilliant Three Peaks by train!    www.railwaychildren.org.uk


British Military Fitness - leading UK outdoor fitness provider - organise many activities including Three Peaks Challenge events - they use and recommend Beacon Three Peaks Challenge mountain guide-maps:-  www.britmilfit.com/events


Maximum Adventure Ltd. - Worldwide trekking, mountaineering and climbing trips, including the British National Three Peaks  - use & recommend Beacon Guide-maps:-   maximumadventure.com


Mountain and Glen - mountain sports and adventure company based in Scotland.  National Three Peaks 24 hour Challenge events- use and recommend Beacon guide-maps:- www.mountainandglen.com


Tarmachan Mountaineering - experienced qualified mountain leader based in Scotland - offers day climbs all areas and mountain skills training  - www.tarmachan-mountaineering.org.uk


MountainsPlus - mountain navigation training specialist based in the Lake District:-

www.mountainsplus.co.uk


Craig Palmer - Mountains to Water-

Outdoor Adventure Activities & Training based in the Lake District   www.mountains-to-water.co.uk


West Coast Guiding - based near Wasdale, offers qualified mountain guiding, wild camping, trail and fell running in the Lakes and beyond - Three Peaks Challenge guiding (day or night) for Scafell Pike www.westcoastguiding.co.uk/

Alan Kimber - Mountain Guide, Fort William - for Ben Nevis:-

www.westcoast-mountainguides.co.uk

Adventure Nevis - guiding for Ben Nevis www.adventurenevis.com


Big Walks - Mountain Adventures - team building and fund raising challenges and events for small or large groups and individuals.  Including the National Three Peaks, the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the Lake District and the Welsh 15:- www.bigwalks.com


Wandering Aengus Treks - for those who like to take their challenges in comfort, this company runs small group trips which include climbing the Three Peaks over a five or eight day holiday inclusive of accommodation and transport:- wanderingaengustreks.com


Chicks Unleashed - climbing and mountaineering courses specially designed by women for women - the website is well out of date, but we think they are still going strong!   www.chicks-unleashed.co.uk


West Highland Taxis (formerly Jamie's) - based near Fort William - airport & city transfers, Three Peaks Challenge events, West/East Highland & Great Glen Way transfers and personalised tours:-

Tel: 01855 831 495   www.scotlandtaxis.co.uk


The Climbers Shop, Ambleside, Lake District - specialist in climbing, mountaineering, hill walking and fell running gear since 1959.  Fell top conditions and webcam - www.climbers-shop.com


Pete's Eats: - "possibly the best caff in the world" - a colourful place to refuel (and stay) in Llanberis,  and a very useful website:-    www.petes-eats.co.uk


The Joe Brown Shops in Snowdonia - excellent independent walking and climbing shops founded by Joe Brown the famous climber, also website sales:-

www.joe-brown.com


Snowdon Mountain Railway - runs from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon in summer: - www.snowdonrailway.co.uk


Cader Idris Outdoor Gear - a particularly well stocked small independent outdoor equipment shop in Dolgellau in mid Wales:- www.cader-idris.co.uk


Ben Nevis Inn: - a great pub at the foot of Ben Nevis   www.ben-nevis-inn.co.uk


Tent Spares (was Striding Edge) -  the tent spares and boot repair specialists in Hinckley,  Leicestershire

www.tentspares.co.uk


Britain Express - UK Travel and Heritage Guide

UK Travel information for attractions in England, Scotland, and Wales. Walks, countryside, history and culture.  UK hotel, self catering, and bed and breakfast bookings.    www.britainexpress.com





EVENTS


Links to outdoor events have been moved to our main events page

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Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS): mountain area forecasts for hill-goers, now fully sponsored by SportScotland and the MCofS      www.mwis.org.uk

The Met Office: Mountain weather reports www.metoffice.gov.uk/loutdoor/mountainsafety/

The Met Office withdrew Mountaincall, the phone & fax mountain weather forecast service, some time ago and replaced it with a free web only service.

For the Lake District try Weatherline: 0844 846 2444

Ben Nevis Weather - site dedicated to weather conditions on Ben Nevis:-  bennevisweather.co.uk

Lake District Weatherline:

www.lake-district.gov.uk/weatherline

XC (Cross Country) Weather - observations and general forecasts based on US weather data:

www.xcweather.co.uk

Highways Agency - major traffic route information www.highways.gov.uk

BBC Travel Website - national travel info. www.bbc.co.uk/travelnews/

Sport Scotland Avalanche information - Scottish mountain snow conditions and avalanche risk (winter only):    www.sais.gov.uk

Scottish midge forecast (summer only): www.midgeforecast.co.uk

Ben Nevis - a wealth of information, topical stories and links about the UK's highest mountain:-

ben-nevis.com - and  www.bennevis.org  which has an on-line events diary for the Glen Nevis visitor Centre and Ben Nevis to help avoid congestion due to too many events taking place on the same day.

Visit Fort William - Ben Nevis (the Ben Nevis safety notes have now been removed apparently):  www.visit-fortwilliam.co.uk/mountain-safety

Avoid mosquito bites - information and products: www.avoidmosquitobites.com

British Mountaineering Council (BMC):  www.thebmc.co.uk/

Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS): www.mcofs.org.uk

Navigation on Ben Nevis - Mountaineering Council of Scotland:

www.mcofs.org.uk/ben-nevis-navigation.asp

Lochaber - Mountain Rescue, Fort William

http://lochabermrt.co.uk/

Scottish Outdoor Access Code:

www.outdooraccess-scotland.com

Ben Nevis webcams:  www.visit-fortwilliam.co.uk/webcam/

Ben More webcam - Benmorewebcam.co.uk

National Trust - Scafell Pike & the Three Peaks: www.ntlakesoutdoors.org.uk/three-peaks-challenge

Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team: a very useful source of information for the Scafell / Scafell Pike area:-

www.wmrt.org.uk

Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team:   www.lamrt.org.uk

Snowdon Mountain Rescue Team www.llanberismountainrescue.co.uk/

Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team www.ogwen-rescue.org.uk/

Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) - based in Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales, CRO handles cave and mountain rescue incidents in the Yorkshire Three Peaks and Malham areas - cro.org.uk

SARDA - Search and Rescue Dogs Association:-

 National SARDA -  SARDA England

Snowdonia National Park - useful visitor information site with weather forecasts and some Snowdon path route descriptions etc:-

www.eryri-npa.gov.uk/

The Wainwright Society - dedicated to the legacy of the most renowned Lake District walker, writer and illustrator -  www.wainwright.org.uk

Plas y Brenin - National Mountain Centre in Snowdonia:  www.pyb.co.uk/

Glenmore Lodge - Scotland's Outdoor Training Centre:  http://www.glenmorelodge.org.uk

The National Navigation Award Scheme:-

www.nnas.org.uk

Nearby:- An amazingly useful and comprehensive map co-ordinate converter resource:-

www.nearby.org.uk

Scotlands Mountain Bothies Association:-  www.mountainbothies.org.uk


CLIMATE CHANGE & CONSERVATION


Greenland - satellite images reveal sudden ice sheet melt:- BBC News story

Save our Forests Campaign victory - after a massive public outcry against plans to sell off national forests in England and Wales (a campaign supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Sir Chris Bonington) an independent report has now recommended that they stay in public ownership -  BBC story

WWF World Wildlife Fund - the global conservation organisation:-  www.panda.org

The John Muir Trust for Wild Places and Wild Land (own the Ben Nevis Estate) - John Muir, born in Scotland in 1838, is generally regarded as the founding father of the worldwide conservation movement:  www.jmt.org

James Lovelock - independent climate change scientist, author and creator of the Gaia hypothesis on the natural world  www.jameslovelock.org  see also:-

Radio 4 interview 30th March 2010 and

www.news.bbc.co.uk/lovelock

Energy Saving lamps - CFLs may not be as energy efficient as advertised - news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8406923.stm

Eventually we may get a new brilliant version of the conventional light bulb, rivalling the light efficiency of LEDs, but still with the perfect continuous ‘black body’ spectrum of the incandescent bulb - thanks to MIT - see BBC News or www.telegraph.co.uk/

 Arctic Warming - recent measurement of Arctic climate history:-

Arctic 2000 year temperature records

"Perfect Storm 2030" - BBC coverage based on UK's Chief Scientific Advisor's SDUK09 Report:-

Perfect Storm 2030

UKCP09 Climate Change Projections Report -

ukclimateprojections.defra.gov.uk

Copenhagen coverage from BBC News:- www.news.bbc.co.uk/copenhagen/

Land for Life - a community based conservation group campaigning to preserve threatened Green Spaces of special value to the local community close to where we are based in the east midlands:-   www.landforlifeblaby.co.uk

Trees for Life - an award-winning charity working to restore Scotland's ancient Caledonian Forest:- treesforlife.org.uk