Saturday 11 June 2022

A Look At The July Issue Of The Great Outdoors

The June issue of The Great Outdoors is out now. My contribution is a trip and gear report of a two-day venture in the Cairngorms where the weather was windier than expected, much windier. 

Also in the gear section David Lintern reviews five big family/group tents, and Alex Roddie tries five specialist dehydrated backpacking meals. On the subject of food there's also a piece by Lucy Wallace on nutrition for successful days on the hill.

In the main features Carey Davies undertakes the Lochaber Traverse in glorious weather; Iona Andean chats to some members of her Edinburgh-based walking group; Norman Hadley has a 'nano-adventure' on the Wasdale fells with his no-rucksack overnight running kit; and Jenny Tough describes how she fastpacked across six mountain ranges on six continents

The issue opens with a magnificent evening image of the Torridon hills from Beinn Alligin by James Roddie. 

Elswehere in the magazine the Creator of the Month is Abbie Barnes for her Spend More Time In The Wild YouTube channel. Route of the Month is the Ben Lawers group, described by Stefan Durkacz. Hanna Lindon looks at the rebirth of England's right to roam movement. Naturalist and presenter Lucy Lapwing talks about the concerns of women when alone in the outdoors. Ecologist Lee Schofield, author of Wild Fell, talks to Hanna Lindon about how the Lake District could have much richer biodiversity. Jen Benson describes how she and her family spent a year on the road living in a bell tent, a story told in full in her book The Wild Year. Jim Perrin's Mountain Portrait covers Moel Famau and the Clwydian Hills. 

In Wild Walks Stefan Durkacz does a round of the Ochil Hills; Vivienne Crow avoids the crowds on Great Dodd and Clough Head in the Lake District; Roger Butler walks round Monk's Dale and Chee Dale in the Peak District; James Forrest scrambles along the Snowdon Horseshoe; and Fiona Barltrop walks round the Rame Peninsula in Cornwall.

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