Sunday, 30 April 2017

The Great Outdoors May Issue: gear for leaders, walking trousers, PFC-free waterproofs.


The latest issue of The Great Outdoors is bigger than usual as it includes a 50 page Gear Guide. For this guide I've written a piece on the PFC DWR controversy and what companies are doing about it, with some examples of those who are taking the lead. In the main magazine I review 13 pairs of walking trousers, look at the gear a group leader should carry, review the Fjallraven Abisko Friluft 35, and tell the story of the classic Primus stove.

The theme of this issue is overnight adventures. TGO Editor Emily Rodway meets Geoff Allan, author of The Scottish Bothy Bible. Hannah Lindon goes scrambling, swimming and wild camping in the Langdale Pikes. Alan Rowan sees the sunrise from Braeriach. Graham Bradshaw watches the Northern Lights from a camp on the summit of Stac Pollaidh. Roger Butler calls for support for two remote hostels in Mid Wales. And Hamish Brown recalls long treks in Morocco and how they inspired the TGO Challenge.

Access rights are important for overnight trips of course and there is controversy surrounding these in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park due to a byelaw that makes wild camping in some areas illegal. David Lintern went out to test this and describes what happened in a very interesting article.

David Lintern also goes for a walk on Hadrians Wall with a team from the LD Mountain Centre in Newcastle; Carey Davies considers time in the hills on a trip to Snowdonia;  Roger Smith wonders why increasing woodlands seems so difficult; and Jim Perrin praises Kilvert's Diary.


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