Useful Links

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice

Comprehensive travel advice and warnings from the Foreign Office.  Regularly updated, and there’s an email notification service available. www.fco.gov.uk

Medical Advisory Service for Travellers (MASTA)

A comprehensive travel health resource providing up-to-date health briefs on specific countries, purchasable for a small fee online.  They operate a network of of travel clinics countrywide, formerly BA Travel Clinics.  www.masta-travel-health.com

International Porter Protection Group

Entirely run by volunteers, the IPPG works to improve the conditions of mountain porters in the tourism industry worldwide.  The groups key aims are to ensure that every porter has access to adequate clothing, boots, shelter and food in the mountains, as well as medical care where required, and insurance. www.ippg.net

Walkopedia

An online directory of the world’s best walks and hikes, started in 2008 by William and Alexandra Mackesy.  Unlike Wikipedia, which is compiled by contributers from the public at large, Walkopedia is written by the Mackesy's, who are avid walkers and writers - their online magazine features comprehensive write-ups of a wide range of walks from around the world and how to go about them (illustrated with photographs). www.walkopedia.net

Glacier Books

A specialist in the sale of mountaineering and polar exploration books, covering all aspects of mountaineering, mountain travel and mountain regions of the world.   A large resource of new, second-hand and antiquarian books, listed on a comprehensive website and available for purchase. www.glacierbooks.com

Cotswold

A leading supplier of outdoor equipment, ranging from outdoor leisure wear to hardcore mountaineering equipment.  Pretty well everything you'll need for trekking and climbing is stocked here and staff are trained to know their products and give sound advice. If you are travelling with Traverse Line, you’ll receive a 15% discount. www.cotswoldoutdoor.com