Sunday 15 August 2021

A Look At The September Issue Of The Great Outdoors

The September issue of The Great Outdoors is out now. In the gear section I review the Hilleberg Anaris tent, BAM Graphic T-shirt, tentree Juniper Altitude Hat, Klattermusen Aysnja waterproof jacket, and the Merrell Rain Jacket. There's also a waterproof jacket feature with Judy Armstrong reviewing five women's jackets, and Alex Roddie reviewing five men's. 

Alex Roddie has also written a joint feature with Plas y Brenin instructor Cath Wilson on compass use in the Hill Skills section.

In the main features James Forrest traverses the Rhinogydd in Snowdonia, David Lintern celebrates bothies and takes his family to one, fell runner Norman Hadley takes ultralight backpacking to the extreme with a 'bumbagging' trip in the Lake District, and going the opposite direction to usual with regard to shelter Ronald Turnbull forgoes his usual bivi bag for a hut-to-hut trip in the Austrian Alps.

Also in this issue there's a lovely summery photo of Shutlingsloe and the Dane Valley in the Peak District by Alan Novelli, Sabrina Verjee discusses her record-breaking Wainwrights run, Hanna Lindon looks at public transport in national parks and also interviews Chris Lewis about his ongoing walk round the UK coast, TGO Challenge organisers Sue Oxley and Ali Ogden discuss this year's event, Jim Perrin describes Braeriach, one of my favourite mountains, and there are reviews of two books - Much Ado About Mothing by James Lowen, reviewed by Roger Butler, and Regeneration: The Rescue of a Wild Land by Andrew Painting, reviewed by Alex Roddie. 

In the Wild Walks pages Alan Rowan goes on a great walk to the magnificent hills around Coire Lair in the NW Highlands, Vivienne Crow climbs Fife's highest hill, Geoff Holland goes up Hungry Law on the Scotland-England border, Fiona Barltrop walks the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, and Megan Carmichael has a coastal walk in Sussex.


  1. Graham Evans-Prosser4 August 2022 at 15:49

    Hi Chris - you did a great review of the Hilleberg Anaris. One question - can pacer poles be used ok with the Anaris? Looking at one of the photos I think I can see what looks like a PP but it seems to be upside down? Many thanks

    1. Hi Graham, yes you can. In my review - - I'm using Pacerpoles in the first picture and Hilleberg poles in the second one. As they supplied the poles with the tent I thought I should try them.