Climbing the 4000 stairs of Taishan

After riding the Trans Mongolian from Russia to China and only doing one actual day hike I was pretty desperate to climb a mountain... never thought I'd say that. But I made up my mind to head south from Beijing to the small city of Tai'An, to climb the holiest of the five great mountains. …

Hiking the Himalayas: Everything you need to know about Altitude Sickness

Years ago, those who hiked in the Himalayas would be seasoned mountaineers looking to brave the highest peaks in the world. Now, anyone with a bit of cash and some determination can do it.  It's busier than ever and not everyone understands the dangers they can face. Not only on the trails or from adverse …

The Gartmore Experience: a walking holiday in the hills of Scotland

After spending most of last year hiking above 3000m; struggling to breathe, suffering from altitude sickness, carrying a 20kg bag and sleeping in tents when it's far too cold to be outside... a walking holiday in the hills of Scotland with the luxurious Gartmore Estate was exactly what I needed. If you love walking, but also love a little comfort and luxury at the end of a tough day, then this will be the holiday for you, too.