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  • Beyond Snowdon: the best alternative hikes in Wales

    Beyond Snowdon: the best alternative hikes in Wales

    April 25th, 2018Luke Waterson
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    Wales-bound hikers invariably make a beeline for Snowdon, Britain’s highest mountain outside of Scotland. But with annual visitor numbers cresting the 600,000 mark, and the Snowdonia Society raising concerns last year about the negative effects on the peak and its paths, it could be high time to turn elsewhere for a weekend of walking. In…

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  • Existence at the extremities: a journey through Svalbard, Norway

    Existence at the extremities: a journey through Svalbard, Norway

    April 13th, 2017Luke Waterson
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    Svalbard is as human as the Arctic gets – as far north as you can go without joining an expedition. Luke Waterson discovers what it takes to survive here.

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  • Brave new world: the quirks of Finland’s saunas

    Brave new world: the quirks of Finland’s saunas

    August 11th, 2016Luke Waterson
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    To Finns, it is the most natural thing on the planet: disrobing, sweating it out naked in front of strangers in temperatures of 80°C, occasionally self-flagellating and, ideally, following up with a plunge into water only a fraction above freezing. To the rest of the world, Finland’s tradition of sauna frequenting – the cornerstone of…

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