Sunday 5 December 2021

A Look At The January Issue Of The Great Outdoors


The latest issue of The Great Outdoors features the 2021 Gear Awards, for which I was one of the judges. I also wrote a short piece on the testing done by the judges. All the gear is thoroughly tried before decisions are made. Away from the awards I review the EDZ Merino Wool Zip Neck Top while in a separate feature Judy Armstrong and Alex Roddie review five base layers each. 

Appropriately given the recent stormy weather there's a big feature on dealing with such conditions. Iona Andean describes a wild weekend in Lochaber with a night spent in a welcome bothy and gives advice on planning a bad-weather trip with instructor Kirsty Pallas adding tips on route planning.

In the other main features Nick Livesey describes a trip to a snowy Cadair Idris; Andy Wasley considers the lesser-known fells of the eastern Lake District and returns to a much-loved bothy; and Richard Hartfield describes a spectacular crossing of the Alps combining backpacking and mountaineering. 

In shorter pieces James Forrest describes routes in the Carneddau, Mike Raine laments the closure of outdoor centres and says this has to stop, David Lintern reviews Helen and Paul Webster's Wild Guide French Alps and Marc Calhoun's Beehive Dwellings of the Hebrides, and Jim Perrin praises Pen Y Fan.

The issue opens with a spectacular photograph of the snowy Torridon hills at sunset, taken by James Roddie on Beinn Alligin. 

In the Wild Walks section Alan Rowan climbs Ben Avon in the Cairngorms, James Deboo climbs Middleton Fell in Cumbria, Tim Gents climbs Picws Du and Fan Brycheiniog in the Brecon Beacons, Roger Butler strolls round the Cotswolds, and Megan Carmichael visits the Devil's Dyke on the Sussex Downs.

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