|Winter backpacking in the Cairngorms|
Elsewhere in the gear section of the magazine I liked Daniel Neilson's review of Smartphone apps - there's a few I'll be downloading. Daniel looks at the recharging problem but doesn't mention that if you have an Android phone you can just carry spare batteries, which are very light weight. Also reviewed by Daniel are Montane's Polestar down jacket and The North Face's Polar Hooded Power Shield jacket.
Away from gear and into the hills Carey Davies spends a winter night in a bothy in the Lake District; the retiring wardens of the remote Black Sail Youth Hostel in Ennerdale are interviewed; and Ed Byrne goes rock climbing with Andy Kirkpatrick. In The Hillwalker's Library Jim Perrin praises Rebecca Solnit's A Field Guide to Getting Lost, a book I don't know but will be searching out -I can't resist that title! Roger Smith worries about threats to Natural England in his Environment column. The Hill Skills pages cover ice axe arrest; bad weather navigation; cold injuries (with a wonderful picture of a chilly-looking John Manning) and lightning.