10 Mountaineering blogs that really stand out
We know how strong the call of the mountains is (especially now), so we’ve handpicked the very best mountaineering blogs going to save you the time of sifting through them all. From how-to articles to breaking news and epic summit tales, there’s something for everyone on this list. So let’s get cracking!
Mark Horrell - Footsteps on the Mountain
Mark Horrell has been on quite a journey from a hiker who only read books about mountaineering, to standing on top of Everest and other giant peaks. Along the way, he developed a flair for witty and down-to-earth writing and penned a series of books on his expeditions.
Footsteps on the Mountain is a melting pot of book reviews, advice, historical pieces and humour. There’s also the occasional breaking news, like the time a climber was trapped inside a toilet tent at Everest Base Camp. Pub worthy tale and a half...
World-class mountaineer, storyteller, stand-up comedian, and sometimes social commentator - Andy Kirkpatrick is a man of many talents. And he also happens to have one of the best mountaineering blogs around.
Want to know how to stay alive in the mountains, which gloves to wear, or how to avoid a gas stove disaster? Kirkpatrick’s article section has you covered. For more entertaining reads and a new podcast, stick to the Andy Kirkpatrick blog page itself.
A must-read from one of the most experienced voices in the climbing world.
As well as publishing a high-quality glossy magazine, Alpinist hosts a pretty neat blog full of interviews with leading mountaineers, stories of historical badasses, news of first ascents and powerful features.
Alpinist is home to some of the very best mountain writing, like ‘The Unclimbed’ covering a climber who, following an unexpected cancer diagnosis, must decide if she is willing to give up her dream expedition to reunite with her estranged father. Gripping stuff!
Former sales executive turned high altitude climber, Alan Arnette has been blogging on Himalayan mountaineering for nearly twenty years. He’s also the oldest American to summit K2 and climbed Everest at age 54. Speaking of which, you can join an Everest Guide on our K2 base camp expedition if you’re feeling adventurous.
If you want to keep up with the latest summit counts, controversies, and rescues on the world’s highest peaks, then Alan Arnette is your man.
With this year's climbing season cancelled, he’s been posting a fictional account of the 2020 season including interviews with leading guides and climbers. All in the name of raising money for sherpas. Good man!
The British Mountaineering Council
Not a blog in the traditional sense, but the online home of Britain’s national organisation for mountaineers, the BMC, is a real treasure trove of information on skills, courses, gear, mountain medicine, and much more.
If you’re a newbie to the mountains, look no further than this introductory article on getting started as a mountaineer.
Great Escape: Nick Bullock
Nick Bullock has led an eventful life. After spending nearly fifteen years as a prison officer, he finally broke free and left it all behind to pursue his passion for climbing in his late thirties. Over the past twenty years, Bullock has forged a career as a world-class mountaineer and writer. This is great news for us wannabes...there’s still time.
Turn to Bullock’s blog The Great Escape if you want honest, funny, and gritty stories from life at the cutting edge. Like this tale of a close shave with a grizzly bear in the Rockies.
From their base in Italy, editors Vinico Stefanello, Nicholas Hobley and Nicola Tremolada bring mountaineering news from across Europe, with a particular focus on the dizzying Italian Dolomites, and the European Alps.
As well as news, reviews and fire-side chats with high profile mountaineers, Planet Mountain is good for the best new mountain films like this one on forging new climbs in the Canadian Arctic.
The Armchair Mountaineer
Four years ago Tom Smallwood left behind his suit, tie and bad office coffee, to quit the rat race and start indulging his passion for the mountains and inspiring others. Smallwood ploughed his energy into The Armchair Mountaineer, and within a year the blog had won Best Digital Production Award from the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.
Settle into the armchair for gear reviews, destination articles, interviews, mountain fact files and much more.
Although well known as a leading adventure news site, ExWeb mainly covers mountaineering stories. Previous owners, the adventurer’s Tom and Tina Sjogren, left to pursue their alpine-style project to reach Mars under their own steam (they’re deadly serious!), so the site is now run by Japanese based runner and translator Rowan White.
Head there for breaking mountain news, investigative journalism on faked summit claims, and exclusive interviews like this one with legendary ski mountaineer Andrjez Bargiel.
If you’ve made it this far, the flames of inspiration are no doubt well and truly stoked. The next step is to scope out your next mountain to climb, and for this Summit Post has your back.
With a huge online community and nifty database, Summit Post has collated mountain profiles, routes, photos and trip reports from thousands of peaks around the globe. Coma Pedrosa in Andorra anyone?
But if you need a little more help in taking your first steps, we run a week-long introduction to mountaineering course ‘Make me a Mountaineer’ in the French Pyrenees with a world-class mountaineer. Or for the those with their sights set further afield, check out our Himalayan adventures like Mera Peak, Kang Yatse 2 and K2 basecamp.