|Keeping warm in one of the midlayers tested in this issue during the wet and windy trip to Skye described in my backpacking column|
For the November issue of The Great Outdoors I wrote about my September stormy trip to the Isle of Skye and tested ten midlayer tops, some of them quite innovative. Also in the gear pages and also quite apposite given the time of year Judy Armstrong tests six pairs of soft shell trousers. There's a review of Asolo's Magix approach shoes by Paul Beasley too.
The overall theme of this issue is pub walks with trips and suggestions from Hanna Lindon in the Lake District, Will Renwick in Pembrokeshire, Bavid Lintern in the Black Mount, and Daniel Neilson in the Dark Peak.
Also in this issue Jessica Traditi reports on the effects of April's devastating earthquake on tourism in Nepal; Chiz Dakin goes on an exciting expedition on the Patagonian ice cap; Jon Sparks looks at the relationship between walkers and mountain bikers; Carey Davies is alone in the Pyrenees; Roger Smith rounds up recent environmental stories; and Jim Perrin recommends Thomas Firbank's I Bought A Mountain.
The Hill Skills pages are devoted to scrambling with advice from Ian Sherrington of Glenmore Lodge and other mountaineering instructors.