Friday 4 April 2014

The Great Outdoors Latest Issue: Regenerating Forests, Camping in the Rain, The Atholl Expedition, Monadh Liath picture, Overtrousers, Tent review

Camping in the Caledonian Forest, Glen Feshie

The May issue of The Great Outdoors is out now. My contributions are a double page picture of the Monadliath under snow, thoughts on rewilding and forest regeneration, a review of Alex Roddie's excellent novel The Atholl Expedition, advice on camping in the rain, a review of 12 pairs of overtrousers and a review of the Force Ten MTN2 tent I used when filming in the Lakes with Terry Abraham for his Scafell film. (See this post).

Also in this issue Tom Bowker finds quotes about hills in Shakespeare (I particularly like 'Bowing his head against the sleepy mount/To climb his happiness' from Timon of Athens); a selection of writers choose less well-known alternatives to popular hills and walks; Giles Trussell goes canoeing to mountains in Scotland; Jamie Grant looks at the legacy of John Muir, a piece illustrated with the first publication of photos of Yosemite National Park by the late Irvine Butterfield; also on Muir Roger Smith describes the new John Muir Way in Central Scotland; Ed Byrne tries natural navigation with Tristan Gooley; David Gray climbs Canigou in the Eastern Pyrenees; Robert Macfarlane introduces a selection of Nan Shepherd's poetry; Carey Davies feeds his inner hamster with a walk in the Carneddau; Roger Smith ponders the effects of storms on the coastline; Jim Perrin praises Ben Humble's The Cuillin of Skye; instructor Graham Uney describes the new Hill and Mountain skills scheme; Sarah Howard gives advice on photographing bluebells; the Patagonia EVERlong trail shoes are reviewed by James Reader; mountaineer Bonita Norris describes her favourite gear; and Daniel Neilson tests 12 techical  mid layers (which turns out to mean various alternative to simple fleece tops).

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