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Trail March 2019

If you love to sling on a backpack, head for the hills and do some wild camping, Trail Magazine is for you. Each issue is packed with: - Routes with full OS mapping - Reviews of the latest outdoor kit - The UK’s best outdoor writing - Exclusive picture and video content As the UK’s biggest and best-selling hillwalking magazine, we specialize in the most beautiful, most spectacular and most challenging regions of Britain and Europe – and inform you about all the tools you need to explore them. If you want adventure you’ll love Trail, and Trail will love you.

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team trail’s month

Sarah Ryan meets six individuals whose lives have been transformed by the mountains, in the launch of our new campaign – Mountains for the Mind p32 Jenna Maryniak discovers what might just be the best winter ridge walk in the Lakes, and also takes a lesson in hill weather from a Met Office expert p44 & p64 Nick Livesey reveals his favourite hidden spots in Snowdonia for the very best views p52 Instagram@ nickliveseymountainimages Graham Thompson heads into the Lakeland fells to find out which is the best mountain walking rucksack for you p74…

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welcome to march 2019

To me, the photograph on the cover of this magazine sums up everything that’s great about being in the mountains. The adventure, the excitement, the challenge, the scenery, the solitude, the memories, and the realisation that nobody – anywhere in the world – is doing something cooler than you in that exact moment. The fact that you lot, the Trail readers, unanimously chose it as your Mountain Photo of the Year suggests you all feel the same. And it’s that shared passion that makes me so excited to announce the launch of Mountains for the Mind – a campaign to finally get mental health out in the open. One in four people in Britain experience mental health issues each year, but it’s been scientifically proven that spending time outdoors can…

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trail uk mountain photo of the year 2018 the winners

The standard of photographs entered into Trail’s UK Mountain Photo of the Year 2018 competition was ridiculously, unprecedentedly high. The task of shaving over 800 entries down to a shortlist of just 20 final images to be seen by the judging panel was one that involved painstaking deliberation in the Trail office, with endless ‘umming’ and not a little ‘ahhing’. Some mildly heated disagreements even broke out among team members but, in truth, hours of impassioned dispute was nothing less than the high quality of the entries deserved. Ultimately, though, there could only ever be one winner...…

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crib goch

“It was close to midnight and I'd been on the ridge for around an hour. The temperature was about -5°C but there was zero wind chill, a clear starry sky and great light. I'd planned this shot for a while but was holding out for the exact forecast, and the conditions on that night were ideal.” Ideal indeed, as Gareth Owen’s eerie self-portrait on Snowdon’s infamous Crib Goch ridge has been crowned our UK Mountain Photo of the Year. Gareth, who lives in the foothills of the Snowdon range in Llanberis, said: “Crib Goch is a place a lot of people have been to, or at least know about, and I think this image in the dark and under snow just offers a unique perspective on it. Everyone who's seen the…

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cul mor

“This image was taken in August last year, and I had been up Cul Mor the day before and camped on the top. The next morning, at about 7.30am, I was on my way down when I saw below me a tiny red tent and a small figure standing next to it with Cul Beag beyond. I dropped my bag, rushed to grab my camera and fired off a few shots. “I like the shot so much because you have all these huge, magnificent mountains in the backdrop and then this small outline of a human stood next to his tent to give the landscape a real sense of scale.” John McSporran, a former police officer living in Erskine near Glasgow, had been up early after a camp in the Assynt region.…

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stob ban

Michael Eyton, a postman from Kirkcaldy near Fife, took this incredible shot on his descent from a snow-plastered Stob Ban in the Mamores last January. “As the sun was beginning to set, I had been watching this group of guys who had stopped for lunch on the top of Stob Ban,” says Michael. “I was waiting for them to set off as I could see it would make a great shot with Sgurr a’ Mhaim in the background. “I was making my way off the mountain’s south-west ridge and was about 300 yards away from the summit when I saw the guys start to move. I sprinted into position, pulled out my camera and started shooting – luckily I was using a camera with superzoom!” “The walk I did in the Mamores that…