Sunday 29 April 2018

The Great Outdoors May issue is out now

The May issue of The Great Outdoors is in the shops now. In the gear pages I look at seventeen new outdoor companies offering everything from sleeping bags to solar powered lights, packs and waterproofs, and review the Millican Fraser 32l rucksack. Judy Armstrong looks at technical gear for scrambling.

There'a guide to comfortable wild camping in which I cover planning a sleep system and choosing a comfortable site. Alex Roddie looks at routines for a comfortable night and what to wear in a sleeping bag and Ronald Turnbull gives suggestions for bivvying.

This issue opens with a wonderful mouth-watering photo by David Lintern of a camp on Sgurr na Stri with the snow-covered Cuillin stretched out on the horizon.

A theme of this issue is adventure on your doorstep and with this in mind:

Ronald Turnbull asks whether the Arrochar Alps are like the actual Alps.

Patrick Kinsella explores limestone scenery along the West Mendip Way.

Vivienne Crow goes walking in Northumberland.

Steph Cooke looks for walks in the East Midlands.

Paul Beasley goes backpacking in East Sussex.

Jon Sparks traverses Pendle Hill.

And in the rest of the magazine:

Hanna Lindon interviews Everest mountaineer Mollie Hughes.

Roger Smith discusses reintroducing lynx into the Highlands, with reference to David Hetherington's book The Lynx and Us.

Jim Perrin praises the Malvern Hills.

Jack Southern treks the Dolomites.

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