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Police say an avalanche has killed two people in the Austrian Alps. 

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After five years away from the slopes, Tracey Davies found the prospect of heading back to the piste terrifying. But a chance encounter taught her a new way to cope with her nerves

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Glaciers in retreat around the world

Millions of people who rely on water from the glaciers of a mountain range in Peru are experiencing what scientists have called "peak water" - the point at which the runoff from the glaciers becomes progressively weaker even though the ice continues to melt.

Williams misses out on third consecutive win

Penalty whistles were playing a merry tune on the lake at St. Moritz and they sounded the death march of Britain’s Ian Williams out of what could have been a third consecutive win on the World Match Race Tour.

Insider's Guide: The French Alps

In the second of our series of Insider's Guides, Chris Thompson, managing director of Alp Active, which offers activity holidays in the Portes du Soleil area, gives his tips on holidaying in the French Alps.

Erhard Loretan: Mountaineer who climbed Everest without ropes or oxygen in under two days

When Erhard Loretan and his fellow Swiss climber Jean Triollet reached their advance base camp at 5,850m on the Rongbuk glacier, Tibet, late on 30 August 1986 they had set a new standard in extreme alpinism – to the summit of Everest (8,850m) and back in less than two days, no sherpas, no rope, no bottled oxygen; for the last 1000m they did not even take a rucksack. The pair climbed mainly at night, so as not to overheat in their down suits, and rested during the day. Meticulous in its planning and stylish in its execution, their ascent of the mountain's North Face via the Japanese and Hornbein couloirs was described by the Polish mountaineer Voytek Kurtyka as "night-naked climbing".

Viva Verbier

As the only begetter of the Verbier Festival – unquestionably the starriest event in the classical calendar – Martin Engstroem has always lived dangerously.

Contador must attack in the Alps to win back time lost by crashes and injury

His knee is swollen and he is four minutes back in the race for the yellow jersey, but Alberto Contador is far from ready to give up. The three-time Tour de France winner is also riding with the cloud of doping allegations hanging over his head but he insists he is focused on the task in hand and will revert to his usual attacking style in the Alps as the race reaches its decisive moments.

A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman, By Margaret Drabble

There was once this woman," the title story opens. "She was quite famous, in a way." Social smiling masks the private world. The smiling woman lives above an unspeakable abyss. Its looming presence in the round of Jenny Jamieson's day is signalled in the numb, glazed tone that characterises the fable.

Two Britons killed in French Alps

Two british climbers have fallen 900 metres to their deaths in the French Alps. Mountain rescue services found the pair roped together, suggesting that one climber lost his footing, taking his partner with him.

Margaret Drabble: The original angry young woman

A career-spanning collection of Margaret Drabble's short stories reveals a surprisingly steely former self, she tells Andrew Johnson

The Elephant's Journey, By José Saramago (trs Margaret Jull Costa)

A gift that has kept on giving

Student is killed by 1,300ft fall in Alps

A teenager has died in the French Alps after he fell 1,300ft in a storm. Robbie Cammack, 19, an Edinburgh medical student from Craigellachie, Moray, had called for rescue when he and a friend got stuck 10,000ft up the Frendo Spur on the Aiguille du Midi.

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