Our new partnership with mapping app FATMAP took off this month, with the Ski Club’s Mountain Safety Advisor Bruce Goodlad hosting a talk for Members on how he uses the technology to ski beyond the Arctic Circle. If you’ve been inspired to forge your own adventure, here’s some handy guides from FATMAP to get you started, and you can always watch Bruce’s talk right here!
FATMAP is a revolutionary piece of mapping technology. It overlays a traditional 3D satellite maps, as you may be familiar with from Google and other providers, with a whole array of customisable layers and topographical maps, allowing you to plan your day’s travel in a safe and knowledgeable manner. Additionally, you can record your own routes for skiing, hiking, cycling and a range of mountain activities, and share and view guidebooks and routes laid out by other members of the FATMAP community.
The standard map can be overlaid with topographical maps, such as those provided by Ordnance Survey, as well as topographical layers indicating altitude, aspect, avalanche risk, or a customisable combination of all these and more. You can use these to fully understand the terrain you are travelling across, and, especially when skiing, work to minimise the dangers posed by avalanches and difficult terrain.
To provide some inspiration as to how the Ski Club and FATMAP can help you make the most of your time outdoors this summer, we’ve provided a run-down of some suggested guides from FATMAP, to help you make the most of your time in the mountains this summer and plan for next winter.
5 Excellent Pub Walks
There are some brilliant hiking guidebooks for all across the UK. For those after a gentler stroll, FATMAP have published their own guide to the five best pub walks in England, making the most of recently relaxed restrictions! These include city destinations, such as Hampstead Heath in London, but also the stunning South Devon coast and the heart of the Peak District National Park.
Epic Hikes with Spectacular Views
For the more adventurous, these routes provide a challenge to hikers but with the rewards of some of Britain’s best scenery. From epic costal walks in England, Scotland and Wales, to stunning peaks and valleys across Great Britain, these include day hikes, multi-peak challenges and bucket list challenges like the South West Coastal path.
Northern Ireland’s Finest Hikes
From the hills just outside of Belfast to the stunning scenery of the Giant’s Causeway, this selection of hikes in Northern Ireland provide options for everyone from day trippers to holidaymakers. This list includes the gruelling Denis Rankin Round, a 90km route over all 39 summits of the Mourne Mountains, normally completed as a 24hr trail running challenge in memory of the late pioneering fell runner but a good series of hikes for those after something more gentle!
Bike the Cairngorms
The heart of winter mountain sports, the Cairngorms are as impressive in summer as they are covered in snow. With wide valleys and beautiful lochs breaking up the rolling mountains, this is perhaps the perfect platform for any activity. This selection of four mountain biking routes showcase everything that people love about the wild east of Scotland!
Day Trips from London
For those unable to escape the hustle and bustle of city life this summer, this guidebook is a handy tool for taking your adventure when and where you can. These road rides include city rides in Southeast London, cycling the length of the Lea Valley to Cheshunt, and, of course, Box Hill, one of the best road climbs close to London you can find.
Tyndrum Mountain Classics
This list, focused on routes around the remote village of Bridge of Orchy, has been compiled by Team GB trail runner Sebastian Batchelor, and features four runs that each take in at least one Munro summit. Each run provides a unique view and perspective of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor, some of the most spectacular scenery in the entire British Isles
Looking for adventurous holidays? Inspired by Bruce and FATMAP? Check out Mountain Tracks, the Ski Club’s sister brand for those that love the uphill as much as the downhill, whether that’s on skis or snowboards, ropes and axes, or simply on your own two feet.