Sunday 14 June 2015

The Great Outdoors Latest Issue; Stoves, the Pennine Way and Alpkit poles.

Here's a quick look at the June issue of The Great Outdoors, which is available now. In it I review 11 backpacking stoves plus Alpkit's ultralight CarbonLite Ultra trekking poles. Also in the gear pages Daniel Neilson reviews 8 windproof jackets, and gives Best Buy to one of my long-time favourites, though I see the design has changed a little with what looks a better hood and an extra pocket.

My backpacking column is about the Pennine Way which is 50 years old this year and which was the first long walk I ever did. Elsewhere in this issue Terry Abraham talks about making his film Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike and shares some of his favourite photographs (I'm delighted to be in one of them).

There's much more in the magazine too. Jessica Tradati who was in Nepal when the earthquake struck in April talks to people there about it and looks at what is being done; Will Renwick makes a two-day trip over the Welsh Three Thousands; Ronald Turnbull looks at the north faces of 6 Scottish mountains; Ed Byrne goes heli tramping in New Zealand; Vivienne Crow visits the other Borrowdale, Wasdale and Langdale; Daniel Neilson revels in hill running; Carey Davies looks at High Cup Nick; Roger Smith looks at prospects for the environment following the General Election; and Jim Perrin discusses The Lakes of North Wales by Jonah Jones. In the Hill Skills pages Myles Farnbank from Leave No Trace gives advice on how to do that plus there's advice on ticks and how to treat sprains and strains.

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