Thursday 16 August 2018

The Great Outdoors September issue

The September issue of The Great Outdoors is in the shops now and includes a supplement on walking and trekking in Scandinavia, guest edited by Mark Waring. This supplement includes Matty Graham on an ascent of Segla on the island of Senja; Alec Forss packrafting in Sweden; Mark Waring describing Scandinavian outdoor culture; Alex Nail photographing the spectacular scenery of Lofoten; Jaako Heikka describing the attractions of Finland; James Boulter backpacking above the Arctic Circle; Alex Roddie following the Jotunheimstien trail; and Mark Waring exploring Sarek National Park. I have a piece on Scandinavian gear too. I haven't been to Scandinavia for quite a few years. Reading this supplement made me wonder why. I want to go back again very soon!

In the main magazine the gear section is about footwear. I review a dozen pairs of trail shoes, Judy Armstrong reviews half a dozen pairs of women's approach shoes, and Daniel Neilson reviews a baker's dozen of three-season boots. I also look at the Craghoppers Nosilife Adventure Shirt.

The Hill Skills section is about combining traditional and digital navigation and includes pieces by me and Alex Roddie.

Away from skills and gear Andrew Galloway looks at the impact of the moorland fires on Saddleworth Moor and Winter Hill and Roger Smith considers the effects of climate extremes. In book reviews James Roddie likes Keith Foskett's High and Low. Jim Perrin's Mountain Portrait is about Pillar in the Lake District. Hanna Lindon describes eight island walks from the Hebridean Way to the Isle of Wight Coastal Path and explores Macgillycuddy's Reeks in Ireland. James Forrest combines hiking with a hitch-hiking on a 19-mountain peak-bagging trip in the Yorkshire Dales while David Lintern combines hiking with pack rafting on a soggy trip in Knoydart.

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