No such thing as a free lunch, unless you cook it yourself…

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Fed up shelling out for those magazines and can’t be arsed to go to the library? Here’s a few free magazines and books available online that should keep you busy for most of the year!

Backpacker Magazine. 

There’s a backlog to the early 70s, and the ancient adverts fascinate me. There’s more content to these old ads than you’d find in an average magazine article these days. It’s fully American, but you should still find plenty of relevance, or failing that you can laugh at the fashions…

Mountain Bike. 

This is again an American publication, and while these sort of mags are very tech based, you may still find something of use. Contains issues from 2006-2008, including the original Velocipede and Penny Farthing.

International Mountain Bike Magazine.

One of the best MTB mags out there, certainly the best one online and without a shadow of a doubt the best one you’ll get for nowt. Innovative browsing with embedded video makes this one to bookmark.

Bicycling. 

Again, an American publication that may or may not be useful to you.

Runner’s World

Tips on running don’t date that quickly, so this definately remains a useful resource.

Leave No Crumbs

This is a full book on gourmet camp cooking. While they really go for producing some great food from scratch, mere mortals can at least pick up some tips, even if they think that the recepies themselves are too complicated (even to do at home!) This is well worth the read and explains what staple ingredients to take with you so you can make different kinds of foods instead of limiting yourself. The section on baking is particularly useful, and explains how to bake pizza with or without a backpacker’s oven.

The Angry Corrie

Finally, some home grown material, both from Scotland. The Angry Corrie is a fanzine that’s been about a few years in paper format, but only in Scotland. Fortunately the digital edition is available and is free. Lots on Munro bagging and general irreverent hill banter.

Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal

The antithesis of the above! The archive of the SMC Journal from 1890 to 1901 is available free online. Typical article will explain how they left the Hotel at 2am and walked 20 miles in to start the walk through knee deep snow. A wonderful bit of history, and a must if you’re into your Scottish Hills.

If you know of any other free resources, please let us know via the contact form above.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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