Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Great Outdoors July issue + Summer Gear Guide

The latest issue of The Great Outdoors, in the shops now, comes with a big Summer Gear Guide, edited by Will Renwick (having put together similar guides myself I know how much work is needed and I'm impressed). I've contributed to the Gear Guide with reviews and pieces on my favourite tents and other items. In the magazine my Backpacking Column is about this year's TGO Challenge while in the gear section I look at eleven pairs of sandals and the Altra Lone Peak 2.0 shoes. Also in the gear pages Will Renwick reviews the gear he used on the TGO Challenge. There's a list of the gear I used too. I'll be writing about key items in my column on the TGO website over the next weeks - you can read the first review, of the same Lone Peak shoes, here.

There's a piece on this year's TGO Challenge elsewhere in the magazine too with some fascinating statistics (for example overseas Challengers this year included one from Barbados and one from Nigeria) and an unusual wedding. Also in this issue Rod Woodall, who has visited all 6,190 trig points, an extraordinary achievement, chooses his favourite ten, which range all the way from the Isle of Wight to St Kilda; Hunter Davies talks about his next and last book on the Lake District in an interview with Emily Rodway; Alan Rowan takes in the superb Fisherfield Round in the NW Highlands; Daniel Neilson seeks the sublime through the eyes of artists in the Lake District; Keith Foskett praises hammocks; Alex Roddie goes on the Tour of Monte Rosa in the Alps; and Ronald Turnbull sees if it's possible to do a two-day trip in the Yorkshire Dales without meeting anyone. In his Mountain Magic column Carey Davies considers risk-taking in the outdoors and the responses this can bring if it goes wrong while on his Environment page Roger Smith looks at the fracking debate.  Jim Perrin praises Ken Crocket's excellent Ben Nevis: Britain's Highest Mountain on his Hillwalker's Library page and also reviews John Noble Wilford's The Mapmakers, which sounds equally good.

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