These resources are mostly links or relevant reading material. The links are all services I’ve either used or am familiar with and confident to recommend. If you want to suggest additional links and resources to be included please contact me. I will be reviewing all the books I’ve listed and hope to continue adding links to trusted sources.


Relevant Organizations

Alpine Clubs and Societies

Mountain Training Governing Bodies

Professional Membership Organizations

National Training Centres

Training Providers

Location App

OS Locate A free App for non-commercial use that gives a Grid Reference/Co-ordinates using GPS signal.

Recommended Hangouts

Specialist Transport Services

Online Communities and Clubs

Mountain Rescue

Advice on Safety from non-commercial bodies



Publishers and Map and Booksellers

Electronic Maps

Downloadable Topo Maps (Free)

The following links take you to sources where you can download free Topo Maps for much of the world. These vary massively and are typically created from OpenMaps. You may need to check how to save the files for GPS devices and you may need to download software to view them on your computer or handheld device. The Wiki link has some advice on this and I have included other sources of information.

Europe and Worldwide Maps

US Topomaps

Links to read up on OSM maps

GPS Resources

Recommended Reading

  • Mountaincraft and Leadership, Eric Langmuir, Mountain Training England and Mountain Training Scotland
  • Alpine Mountaineering, Bruce Goodland, Pesda Press
  • Mountain Navigation, Peter Cliff
  • Safety on Mountains, BMC
  • Nature of Snowdonia, Mike Raine, Pesda Press
  • Hostile Habitats, Edited by Nick Kempe and Mark Wrightham, Scottish Mountaineering Trust
  • Getting to Grips with GPS, Peter Judd and Simon Brown

Books and publications

  • The Mountains of Ireland, Paddy Dillon, Cicerone
  • Carrauntoohil & MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Jim Ryan, The Collins Press
  • Ridges of Snowdonia, Steve Ashton, Cicerone Press
  • The Mountains of England and Wales, Vol. 1, John and Anne Nuttall, Cicerone
  • The Mountains of England and Wales, Vol. 2, John and Anne Nuttall, Cicerone
  • Long-Distance Hiking, Dan Feldman, Stackpole Books
  • Scrambles in Snowdonia, Steve Ashton, Cicerone
  • North Wales Scrambles, Garry Smith, Gomer Press
  • The Hillwalker’s Handbook, Steve Ashton, The Crowood Press
  • Hillwalking, Steve Long, Mountain Training UK
  • Mountain Skills Training Handbook, Pete Hill and Stuart Johnston, David & Charles
  • Navigation in the Mountains, Carlo Forte, Mountain Training UK
  • Mountaineering, Alun Richardson, A&C Black
  • Scrambles in the Lake District North, Brian Evans, Cicerone
  • Scrambles in the Lake District South, Brian Evans, Cicerone
  • Rock Trails Snowdonia : A Hillwalker’s Guide to the Geology & Scenery, Paul Gannon
  • Rock Trails Lakeland: A Hillwalker’s Guide to the Geology and Scenery, Paul Gannon
  • Rock Trails Scottish Highlands: A Hillwalker’s Guide to the Geology & Scenery, Paul Gannon
  • The Big ROunds: Running and Walking the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley, and Charlie Ramsay Rounds. David Lintern. Cicerone
  • Scotlands Mountains and Ridges. Dan Bailey. Cicerone.
  • The Ridges of England Wales and Ireland. Dan Bailey. Cicerone.

Military Mountaineering

US Army manuals on military mountaineering. Some of the best training-information manuals around. There is an absence of ego-stoking guff and nonsense about pseudo-leadership etc. and just the basic facts. Informative, insightful, worth a read.

PDF Basic Military Mountaineering Course Handout 2018

PDF Military Mountaineering 2002

LINK Military Mountaineering 2012

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