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Bold characters, epic tales and a little of the latest heritage news. Take a look at what we've been up to.

A life of literature: Eight books by Sir Chris Bonington

February 19, 2019

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It is not enough to simply climb. Bringing back one’s tales from the mountains has been a core aspect of mountaineering since the early days of scientific and geographic exploration.

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Why climb Everest? A short history of an alternative Himalayan icon

January 16, 2019

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Everyone flocks to Everest. Yet there's other Himalayan objectives which are just as impressive.

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Climb like a girl: Muriel Sauer

January 16, 2019

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Few women climbed in the 1940s. Muriel was one of the exceptions.

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How they got there: Joe Tasker

January 16, 2019

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From trainee priest to world leading mountaineer. How Joe Tasker made some of the most iconic ascents of the 70s and 80s.

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How they got there: Johnnie Lees

January 16, 2019

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Accomplished and passionate climber, Johnnie Lees revolutionised the RAF Mountain Rescue during the 1950s whilst navigating bureaucracy and institutional change.

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Climb like a girl: Mabel Barker

January 16, 2019

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Lake District pioneer Mabel Barker climbed harder than many men of the day and left her own legacy on Scafell's Central Buttress.

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Which climbing axe would you buy? The history of the ice axe

January 16, 2019

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Deciding what winter climbing equipment you should be buying is a difficult choice nowadays. Things were simpler in days gone by.

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Heritage on show at Kendal Mountain Festival

January 28, 2019

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Kendal Mountain Festival once again delivered an array of events, speakers, films and literature that celebrated the full extent of the mountain community.

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British Women Climb exhibition extended until February 2019

January 28, 2019

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MHT is pleased to announce that the exhibition will remain open for longer following a positive response so far.

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Call for donations to our handling collection

January 28, 2019

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As part of our on-going Heritage Lottery Funded Man and Mountain project, we are engaging children in the history of mountaineering and looking to develop a handling collection that can be used by schools for educational purposes.

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About Mountain Heritage Trust

From the first rock climbs on Napes Needle, to daring first ascents in the Greater Ranges, and incredible feats of competitive athleticism; our archive of films, images, books and artefacts echoes with some of Britain’s most iconic achievements and its boldest personalities. 

Now though we’re looking to the future, and asking what stories might lie amidst the crags and climbing gyms up and down the country. We all have own our mountain history, and in 2019 we're telling those inspiring stories from our incredible community.