Travel & Outdoor

Trail June 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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in this issue

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mountain moments

We’ve all got that one mountain moment. You know the one I mean, the one that every time you close your eyes you can picture it in vivid detail. The feel of the cool air on your face, the thud of rock beneath your feet, the views, the weather, the exhaustion, the exhilaration, the pure excitement... This issue is all about searching for that moment, whether by reliving past ones or (hopefully) being inspired to discover new ones. To help you out, the Trail team has come up with seven British mountain routes we think every hillwalker needs to sample at least once in their life. We aren’t necessarily saying they’re the best Britain has to offer, just that we’ve been there and felt that moment on each and every…

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Popularity comes easy to Helvellyn, like one of those effortlessly cool kids at school who was born with the good luck gene. For starters, it’s one of just four mountains in England that break the 3,000ft barrier, and is blessed with not one but two thrillingly spectacular ridge approaches to its summit. It has a powerful name, a fascinating history, soaring crags, a hidden glacial lake, huge sunrises and sunsets, and trig point views stretching into every corner of the Lake District. The drawback to all that finery comes in the crowds that flock to Helvellyn’s slopes, making it one of Britain’s most climbed peaks. This isn’t a place to seek solitude, but somewhere to be embraced for what it is: a big, brilliant mountain, that revels smugly in its…

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take mountain photos like a pro

Trail’s 2019 Mountain Photo of the Year winner Gareth Owen has spent the past few months capturing the landscapes of his native Snowdonia using his winning prize from the competition – a Fujifilm X-T2 series camera with lens worth £1499. Gareth describes his photography style as “adventure, mountaineering and lifestyle rolled into one”, drawing inspiration from the diverse and friendly community of photographers that has sprung up around the mountains of north Wales in recent years. With the launch of our 2020 Mountain Photo of the Year competition just a few months away, we asked Gareth for his top three tips for anyone wanting to get started in mountain photography.…

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do it this month

• G0 GUIDED IN THE LAKES The Lake District National Park has been running guided walks since the 1960s, with a team of 70 volunteers leading more than 2000 people every year through England’s finest mountain scenery. The walks kicked off again in April and cost between £5 and £10. Full details at tinyurl.com/lakeswalks • SLEEP BENEATH BEN NEVIS The Glen Nevis Youth Hostel, located right at the foot of Britain’s highest mountain, has had a major £2.1 million makeover. The building has been transformed by Hostelling Scotland, with private en-suite rooms, a new self-catering kitchen and dining area, free Wi-Fi, USB power sockets, secure bike storage and – of course – epic mountain views. • BAG THE NEW TRIG ON BLENCATHRA Blencathra’s iconic trig point mysteriously vanished from the mountain’s 868m summit in summer…

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trail picks

VIEW WITH A ROOM You don’t even have to get off your backside for a view of the Black Cuillin mountains from Allt Slapin holiday cottage on the Isle of Skye. It’s an incredible base for your Skye adventures (see page 32), right on the shores of Loch Slapin in Torrin. ihcottages.com MOUNTAIN GRUB Ben Nevis base camp, Fort William, isn’t famous for its culinary delights, but we’re raving about the gorgeously cosy Garrison West Pub (not to be confused with the Garrison Hotel) that serves delish meals including veggie ‘Neeps and Tatties’. garrisonwest.co.uk WATCH IT! The Dawn Wall, Netflix Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson’s epic ascent of an iconic Yosemite wall. SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ... Trail’s Mountains for the Mind Facebook group is a community of thousands of people sharing stories and photos, promoting the benefit…

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haglöfs grym evo jacket £310

Back in the 1990s, anoraks were cool. Well, at least some people thought so. Haglöfs’ Grym Evo has a touch of the anorak about it, and the retro design includes pocket flaps – something we seriously never thought we’d see again. The Grym, a Swedish word that can mean either ‘cruel’ or ‘cool’ (as in “that jacket is well grym!”) has been created for wilderness trekking – the hood has a RECCO reflector in the brim to help rescuers find you in an emergency. The durable, water-repellent coating is fluorocarbon-free, and as of autumn the Grym Evo will be Bluesign approved. Now that's cool – or should we say ‘grym’? haglofs.com…