Sport A Skyrunner takes on the Lake District high terrain events

You have been warned: Skyrunning is coming to Britain. But don’t worry; it is not, despite anything the name might imply, a prog rock supergroup.

Riccardo Cassin: Mountaineer whose exploits across five decades gave him legendary status

Riccardo Cassin came to have the status of a god in the climbing world.

High Energy: Matt Carroll climbs the Col de la Colombière ahead of the world's top riders

"Are you sure you want to do this? It's very steep," says Yoris, my new cycling buddy. When you're facing the prospect of pedalling more than 16km uphill, these are not the kind of words you want to hear. Especially from a man like Yoris.

Something to Declare: The Dolomites; On the road in France; medical kits for travellers

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

Climate change divides the Alps down the middle

Global warming is already causing flooding in the north and water shortages in south, report says

Geldof in TV news bid for Northern Ireland

Bob Geldof has said his TV production company intends to bid for a role in Northern Ireland when expected reform of regional news suppliers begins.

Six killed in Austrian Alps avalanche

Six people were killed in an avalanche near the ski resort of Soelden in the Austrian Alps, media said on today quoting police and rescue services in the isolated high-altitude region.

Simon Calder: Taking the rap for the Alpine Fawlty Towers

Crikey, I thought, as the crowd on the hotel terrace began to dance on the tables and a guest at the party lit another joint: if this is Crystal's idea of a family hotel, I wonder what the company's version of Club 18-30 is like?

Cyclotherapy: Road to Ventoux - slippery slope

While Young Simon was reacquainting himself with Ditchling Beacon, I was in the Alps - not cycling but on a skiing holiday with my family.

Quantum, By Manjit Kumar

By combining personalities and physics – both of an intriguingly quirky nature – Kumar transforms the sub-atomic debate between Einstein, Niels Bohr and others in their respective circles into an absorbing and (generally) comprehensible narrative.

Property abroad: the Austrian Alps

It’s easier than ever to slope off to a Tyrolean town, discovers Laura Latham

Can a luxury travel company survive another recession?

Andrew Dunn's luxury travel company, Scott Dunn, survived one recession by tempting would-be shareholders with free holidays. How is he preparing this time round?

Guess who's coming for dinner? Wolf tracks spotted in central France

For the first time in 70 years, grey wolf tracks have been found in the peaks of the Massif Central. Conservationists are thrilled but French sheep farmers are howling, reports John Lichfield

Property Abroad: The French Alps

The French Alps are ideal for buyers in search of peace
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