|Liathach in Torridon, with its two Munros prominent|
Elsewhere in the gear pages Daniel Neilson reviews the curious Vibram Five Fingers KSO TrekSport footwear and nine pairs of more conventional lightweight trail shoes whilst Cameron McNeish considers seven lightweight waterproof jackets. James Reader looks at some ridiculously ultralight gear including a 560 gram tent, 150 gram trail shoes, 45 gram windproof jacket and 127 gram waterproof jacket. There's also a brief mention of PHD's new Wafer range of ultralight down clothing. I have a Wafer Jacket, which weighs 190 grams, and will be taking it on the Watershed Walk.
Returning to the Scottish theme, photographer Dougie Cunningham visits St Kilda and bivvy expert Ronald Turnbull spends a night out on the Berwickshire coast. Far from Scotland Mark Waring backpacks the 100 kilometre Donjek Route in Klueane National Park in Canada's Yukon Territory. It's an interesting tale and brought back memories of my long hike through the Yukon, though I didn't visit Kluane. This summer Mark is setting out to walk along the mountains of Scandinavia. Having done that walk myself I'll be interested to read about his adventure. Mark has a website on this walk.
Other features in this issue include Daniel Neilson trying adventure racing on the Sussex Downs; Roly Smith reporting on the inaugural Spirit of Kinder event, which celebrated the Kinder Mass Trespass and looked at current access issues; and Paul Beasley describing forgotten Everest 1953 climber George Lowe on this the sixtieth anniversary of the first ascent, an article illustrated with Lowe's photographs. There's also Jim Perrin praising John Pepper's Cockley Beck: A Celebration of Lakeland in Winter; Roger Smith worrying about landslips; Margaux Smale's advice on dealing with midges and ticks; and Heather Morning on how to avoid reversed polarity (there's a Dr Who joke in there somewhere).