Monday, 18 December 2017

The Great Outdoors January issue - 2017 Awards, 'Mountain' film review, socks and gloves tested


The January issue of The Great Outdoors announces the winners of the 2017 Awards and has details of all the finalists. I was one of five judges for the Gear Awards and I can tell you the process was rigorous and the results decided after much debate and analysis.

Also in this issue I review Mountain, an excellent new film, and test fifteen pairs of socks (I had a different one on each foot for many weeks!) and three pairs of gloves (and yes, different ones on each hand) plus an Arc'teryx waterproof jacket.

Elsewhere in this issue Hannah Lindon interviews Zac Poulton, the latest member of the Lake District's Fell Top Assessors team and Roger Smith looks at the confusion around very popular places such as the Fairy Pools on Skye. Jim Perrin has a more intense than planned winter ascent of Beinn a'Chaorainn while David Lintern has an equally exciting winter traverse of the South Glen Shiel Ridge. There's more winter mountaineering thrills in Snowdonia where Dan Aspel tackles the little-known Llech Ddu Spur on Carnedd Dafydd. Life is a bit calmer in England where Ronald Turnbull chases waterfalls and Wordsworths in the wintry Yorkshire Dales, Ed Byrne tries his hand at dry stone walling, and Roger Butler has a frosty walk around Dovedale in the Peak District.

The Great Outdoors Guide is about preparing for the winter hills with information on gear, food, using ice axe and crampons, night walking, navigation, conditions and weather.

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