Friday 29 March 2024

A Look At The May Issue Of The Great Outdoors

The May issue of The Great Outdoors is out now. In the gear pages I review four men's big packs (50 litre +) and Fiona Russell reviews four women's ones while John Manning and Lara Dunn review five pairs of three-season hiking boots each. I also review the Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Pants and David Lintern reviews the Montane Solution waterproof jacket. 

In the main features Hanna Lindon considers less popular peaks and routes that punch above their reputation, David Lintern goes backpacking round the remote coast of the Isle of Jura, James Lloyd discusses his rather longer coastal walk - right round Britain, and Sarah Hewitt goes on the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal.

The magazine opens with a lovely photo of Cressbrook Dale in the Peak District at dawn by Emily Huzzard. Creator of the Month is landjustice campaigner and podcaster Nadia Shaikh. Francesca Donovan reviews Alex Roddie's latest book Wanderlust -British and Irish Isles. In the Opinion piece Mary-Ann Ochota says that access to nature is a necessity not a luxury. Jim Perrin looks at Carn Ingli in Pembrokeshire for his Mountain Portrait. Emma Schroeder thinks about the wind on her coastal walk in her Notes from the Edge. In the Skills section Alex Roddie considers how to look after your feet.

Alex Roddie pops up again in the Wild Walks pages with two routes in the Scottish Highlands - Beinn a' Ghlo in the Cairngorms and the trio of Ben Lui, Ben Oss and Beinn Dubhcraig in the Southern Highlands. In the Lake District Vivienne Crow climbs Blencathra and Scales Fell and Norman Hadley goes up Great Gable via Moses' Trod and Scafeel from Wha House Farm. In the Peak District Francesca Donovan wanders over Shining Tor and Windgather Rocks and Ian Battersby takes the Dove Dale and Manifold Trail. There are two walks in Wales - Andrew Galloway climbs Carnedd Llewelyn via Cwm Eigiau in Snowdonia while Ian Battersby visits Waun Rydd in the Brecon Beacons. Finally Fiona Barltrop walks the Cornish coast from Tintagel to Polzeath.

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