Monday 11 March 2019

The Great Outdoors April issue

The April issue of The Great Outdoors is in the shops now, with a rather summery cover that's not in accord with current wintry conditions! There is snowy stuff inside though.

My reviews cover eleven daypacks, three camera bags and the Tarptent Moment DW while Judy Armstrong compares six women's windshells.

David Lintern climbs and camps on a snowy Streap in the Western Highlands, a feature illustrated with his usual excellent photographs. More fine pictures appear in a piece in which ten landscape photographers name their favourite mountain views.  The magazine opens with a superb picture too - a snow-covered Pen y Fan under a starry sky by Grant Hyatt.

In the rest of the magazine John Manning remembers the late Steve Perry, and Roger Smith pays tribute to the late Adam Watson. TGO Challenge co-ordinators Sue Oxley and Ali Ogden discuss route-planning. Louis Nethercott and Anthony Lambert answer questions on their attempt to make unsupported crossings of the five largest islands - Greenland, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Madagascar, and Baffin Island - in aid of charity. The venture is called Expedition 5 and they've just Baffin Island left to do.

Jim Perrin's Mountain Portrait is Beinn Sgritheall in the Western Highlands, a superb viewpoint. Vivienne Crowe explores quiet Nidderdale, one of the Yorkshire Dales but not in the national park, while Roger Butler visits the equally quiet hills behind Blencathra. Cameron McNeish pays tribute to the Craigallian Fire, a key part of the traditions of Scottish outdoor life. Far from Scotland, Phoebe Smith walks the Wilderness Trail on Australia's Kangaroo Island. 

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