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The best poles for backcountry access

Martin Chester picks touring poles for every occasion. Here’s his favourite

The perfect set-up for a backcountry powder hunter

Martin Chester picks backcountry set-ups for five very different types of tourers.

How to find the right set-up for the Haute Route

Martin Chester picks backcountry set-ups for five very different types of skiers.

The perfect backcountry rig… for a summit-chaser

Martin Chester picks backcountry set-ups for five very different types of skiers.

The right backcountry rig for a seasonnaire

Martin Chester picks backcountry set-ups for five very different types of skiers.

The perfect backcountry rig… for an uphill racing snake

Martin Chester picks backcountry set-ups for five very different types of skiers.

How to find the perfect backcountry rig

Matching boots to bindings to skis to objectives is no easy

How to read avalanche bulletins

I have known too many people who have been involved in

Under the skin: How to read the snow

Want to know why those deep crystals and weak layers are

Five of the most luxurious mountain huts in the Alps

Want to go hut touring but wary of the pongy, crowded dorms

How to survive the night in a mountain hut

Bunk wars. Inadvertant boot theft. Ill-fitting thermals at dinner. Broken sleep.

The best ski mountaineering hacks

If you’re out exploring you’ll have to get off your skis

Scotland’s best backcountry ski spots

For those in the know, heading ‘off the back’ of our

Will the Ava-Tech make you safer?

Martin Chester looks at the implications of the newest piece of

A Guide’s Guide to Guides

They’re fun, inspirational and know how to navigate in a white-out
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