Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The Great Outdoors June issue - making plans, three-season sleeping bags, Wickiup 3 test


The June issue of The Great Outdoors is out now. I've written about the pleasures of planning long walks for my backpacking column and reviewed a dozen three-season sleeping bags plus the Nigor Wickiup 3 pyramid tent.

This issue has a theme of long trips with Ronald Turnbull visiting remoter YHA hostels in the Lake District on a five day walk; Ian Finch spending eleven days traversing the Outer Hebrides; and Mary-Ann Ochota trekking with camels for forty-three days across Australia's Simpson Desert. On somewhat shorter though no less interesting trips Will Renwick visits a cave with a political history in the hills above Merthyr Tydfil and Andrew Galloway spends the longest day of the year crossing the Carneddau in Snowdonia.

In his Mountain Magic column Carey Davies praises the Isle of Arran while in his Environment column Roger Smith looks at the problem of funding conservation projects. In the Hillwalkers' Library Jim Perrin describes a fascinating-sounding book that I must admit I'd never heard of before - Vivienne De Watteville's Speak to the Earth: Wanderings and Reflections among Elephants and Mountains. Great title!

The Hill Skills pages are all about navigation while in the gear pages as well as my reviews Judy Armstrong tries six women's lightweight base layers.

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