Sunday 22 December 2019

The Great Outdoors February issue - feature on my Colorado Rockies walk

The February issue of The Great Outdoors has just come out (yes, in magazine land it's already the second month of next year).

I've written a feature on my Colorado Rockies walk of last summer plus reviewed a dozen midlayers. There's also a feature on The Great Outdoors Gear of the Year, for which I was one of the judges.

Gear turns up again in Hanna Lindon's piece Tread Softly, which looks at the ethics of flying, greener gear, how to make gear last, and using public transport.

The theme of this issue is epic walks and Ben Lerwill has compiled a list of ten from across the world. James Forrest describes his ascent of the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye, part of his six-month round of all the Munros. He also gives advice on how to climb the Munros in a single push - but doesn't mention what, in my view, is the best way, a continuous backpacking trip.

In New Zealand Kat Young and Liv Bolton walked the South Island end to end on the Te Araroa Trail and each describes a sections of this.

The issue starts with a lovely photograph of a winter sunset on Blencathra, taken by editor Carey Davies. Away from the epic walk features and gear reviews Roger Smith discusses the increasing proliferation of named trails, Ronald Turnbull reviews The Munros: The Complete Collection of Maps from Harvey Maps, Alex Roddie has high praise for Benedict Macdonald's Rebirding: Rewilding Britain and its Birds, TGO Challenge organisers Ali Ogden and Sue Oxley look at how to prepare for a long-distance walk, Jim Perrin describes Mynydd Ddu in South Wales, and Glenmore Lodge instructors advise on 16 steps to avoid making mistakes in winter.

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