The Obligatory Links Page
Note: NMC has no control over external sites and cannot be held responsible for the contents. Especially if it involves weather forecasting.
Essential mountain sites:
British Mountaineering Council. Make sure you are properly insured and know what's what when out in the hills. It's great and we're members.
For some advice from the BMC about Scottish winter conditions look here
Scotland Avalanche Information Service. This site has excellent general information about avalanches, plus daily updated weather and avalanche danger reports for Scotland. Essential for anyone going to Scotland in the winter.
Munro Magic. What do you mean, you've never heard of a munro?! Find out all about Scotland's best mountains here.
More Scotland. Scottish conditions, reports etc.
MountainDays.net - Mountaineering & Rock climbing in the UK - Dedicated to mountaineering & rock climbing in the UK. Contains database of all mountains in UK plus climbing routes, gear, weather and comprehensive links directory.
Mount Everest: The British Story - A mine of information about British attempts and successes on Mount Everest, from the first expedition to those of today. Includes a comprehensive history, list of summiteers (including two NMC members), amazing facts, a gallery and much more.
Essential climbing sites:
Costa Blanca climbing. Useful info on one of the best (and easiest to get to) overseas climbing locations.
UKClimbing.com. Excellent info on news, crags, routes, shops.
Walkhigh Mountaineering. All sorts of good stuff, including a regular e:newsletter.
Essential biking sites:
Orange Mountain Bikes. Great site, great bikes, and British!
Mountain High. A Reading (OK, Pangbourne) shop with stacks of gear for bikers and snowboarders.
Noah's Ark. Bikes, boards, bootiful (alas not very close to Newbury, but worth a visit on the way to Forest of Dean).
Want to go climb, bike, hike or trek overseas? Don’t know where to go, where to stay and what to do when you get there? Well, we don't have all the answers, that's what rough guides are for... but here are a few suggestions.
The Defreggerhaus. Medium sized hut at 2963m, big on character and with friendly staff. In the Austrian Tyrol (and visited by NMC members in August 2005 and 2007).
Alpine Break. Mountain biking, white water canoeing, hiking, Alpine climbing, rock climbing and many other activities in the Hautes Alpes area of France.
Essential gear sites:
Cotswold Outdoor. Gear from Cotswold - with our 15% discount.
Gear Zone. Gear - sometimes cheaper than Cotswold.
Cheap Tents. And not just tents, either.
Go Outdoors. Tents, other camping gear, just up the A34.
Outdoor World. 12.5% discount for BMC members in store (if you're ever in the Tyneside area...)
Weather website. Just play around with the locations and see how closely it predicts rain hitting Newbury...
Lyme Disease. Watch out for ticks...
Geograph. Aims to get photographic representation of every square kilometre in the UK. The photographers in NMC could probably fill in several squares...
Lost kit? You might be able to track it down here.