Monday 31 January 2022

A Look At The March Issue Of The Great Outdoors

The March issue of The Great Outdoors is out now. I have a big feature in this one - ten pages and plenty of pictures on a Cairngorms trip with cloud inversions, fog bows, Brocken spectres, and a frosty camp.

I also have a piece in a feature in which nine outdoors enthusiasts describe when things didn't go to plan and the lessons they learnt. Mine describes a camp I ended up moving in a storm in the middle of the night.

In the gear pages I review the Atom Packs Mo EP 50 pack, the Berghaus Carnot Hooded Fleece, and the Rohan Ventus waterproof jacket while David Lintern and Judy Armstrong review five pairs of gloves each.

The other main features are James Roddie on the North-west Highlands in winter, illustrated with his brilliant phoros, one of which also graces the cover; and Ronald Turnbull on a favourite of mine, the John Muir Trail in the High Sierra in California.

In shorter pieces James Forrest describes the Blencathra edges with an illustration by Jeremy Ashcroft, Haroon Mota, founder of Muslim Hikers, talks about going viral on social media, Roger Smith welcomes Ed Sheeran's rewilding ambitions, James Gibson talks about setting a record by running the Wainwrights in winter, and Jim Perrin praises Ben Bulben in Ireland.

In the Wild Walks section Alan Rowan has a snowy walk up An Socach in the southern Cairngorms, Ronald Turnbull finds Red Pike and High Stile snow-free in the Lake District, James Deboo walks the Howgill Fells, Fiona Barltrop has Fan Frynchin the Brecon Beacons to herself, and Roger Butler finds a puzzle in the Shropshire Hills.

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