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On top of the world: Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains

Kris Goodbody heads to Ethiopia and discovers a proud land boasting ancient history and stunning mountains.

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Competition for Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland

The Irish Times launched its Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland competition on Saturday 29 March 2014 (www.IrishTimes/gowild)

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Irishman on track to complete Seven Summits

Paul Devaney plans to scale Everest in a bid to complete the challenge.

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Kenya Calling

Join Concern for the ultimate life-changing challenge.

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The long walk north

Cold, snow and ice is what is waiting for Mike O’Shea and Clare O’Leary. They are about to go on one of the hardest expeditions known to man, walking to the North Pole. If they manage it, they will join an exclusive club. More people have gone to space than completed this journey.

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Outsider People of the Year - the winners

The second annual Outsider People of the Year took place in December 2013. We were spoiled for choice when it came to nominees this year.

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Verbier: Three slices of Swiss

Verbier in the Swiss Alps has a reputation of being the ski resort of choice for minor European royals and the Russian nouveau riche.

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Successful Irish tour of The Summit: How Triumph Turned to Tragedy on K2’s Deadliest Days

Authors Pat Falvey and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa set the record straight with the true story of what happened on K2.

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Outsider People of the Year 2013

We love this time of year. It’s when the Outsider team gets together and compiles (argues about!) our list.

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Lead climbers: Ireland’s Ricky Bell and Michael Duffy discuss the scene

Ricky Bell and Michael Duffy make a somewhat usual rock climbing team. Yet despite their differences, the duo have motivated each other to stay in the game and trade in the nine-to-five for a life devoted to the sport.

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A taste of more in the Galtees

Outsider’s man of the mountains Declan Cunningham heads to Tipperary to explore Ireland’s greatest inland mountain range. The Galtees stretch over 20km from Mitchelstown to Caher (also known as Cahir) and offer a myriad of hiking options with fantastic views.

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Everest: Things we’ve learnt

This year, 29 teams comprising 315 climbers attempted to reach the highest point on earth (8,848m). Some, like Galway man Peter O’Connell made it to the summit. He is now the 33rd Irish person to reach the highest point in on earth.

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Limestone cowboys: climbing on the Costa Blanca

Whether you’re a beginner or a true wallerina, Spain’s Costa Blanca offers the chance for climbers to really cut loose and enjoy themselves, regardless of standard.

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