Friday 26 May 2017

The Great Outdoors June Issue: Trail shoes, the Nikwax story, headlamps, Paramo jackets, book review

The June issue of The Great Outdoors has just been published. My big review this month covers fifteen pairs of the latest trail shoes. I also tell the story of Nikwax, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, plus review three headlamps and the Paramo Bentu windproof and fleece combination. Away from gear I review Alan Rowan's A Mountain Before Breakfast.

The long days of summer are with us now, along, at least for the moment, with sunny weather. Appropriately this issue describes ten big day walks for long days. I've done nine of them and they're all excellent, though I must admit that five of them took me two days with an overnight camp.

Much, much longer than these walks is an amazing winter round of the Corbetts by Will Copestake, which he finished shortly before writing this feature.

Also in this issue Jim Perrin gives a portrait of Great Gable; Andrew McCloy describes a new long-distance path round the perimeter of the Peak District National Park; Scottish Bothy Bible author Geoff Allan has a bothying adventure on the Isle of Rum; Sean McFarlane scrambles up Innderdalstarnet in Norway; Daniel Neilson, author of CAMRA's new guide Wild Pub Walks, visits Cadair Idris and a pub; and David Lintern goes climbing at Stanage with the owners of Outside in Hathersage

The Hill Skills section is all about sharing your outdoor experience with interviews with Terry Abraham, four outdoor bloggers, and self-published author Mark Horrell; plus Alex Roddie on using social networks, a look at Instagram,  and suggested video and photo editing apps.

Finally I must mention Lizzie Shepher's stunning photo of the sunset from Cnicht in Snowdonia.

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