The April issue of The Great Outdoors has just been published. This year being the twentieth anniversary of my walk over the Munros and Tops I've written a piece on this plus descriptions of three long Munro-bagging days - the Mamores, the Ben Lawers Range and the South Glen Shiel Ridge. My backpacking column describes this February's ski and igloo trip while in the gear pages I review 14 daypacks plus The North Face Momentum Thermoball Hybrid Jacket. Also in the gear section Will Renwick tries 9 softshell jackets.
Elsewhere in this issue David Lintern walks from Capel Curig to Beddgelert in Snowdonia; Daniel Neilson takes part in the Original Mountain Marathon in the Scottish Borders; Sharon Brennan tells a moving story of climbing her first ever hill, Cat Bells in the Lake District, after a double lung transplant; Terry Adby goes trekking in the Annapurna region of Nepal; Carey Davies considers millstone grit during a stormy walk on Kinder Scout; Roger Smith describes the threat of a housing development in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and Jim Perrin celebrates Irvine Butterfields's wonderful book The High Mountains of Britain and Ireland, reminding me that it's too long since I looked at my copy.