Travel & Outdoor

Trail July 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

1 min.
all about the journey

We’ve argued more than usual in the Trail office this month. Mostly about the difference between a path and a trail, or a route and a journey, or a walk and a hike, and after much disagreement we’ve decided it doesn’t matter. It’s all just terminology. In many ways, where you actually end up isn’t important either – it’s about how you get there and the experiences you soak up along the way. We’ve devoted a lot of pages in this issue to long-distance trails – big, exciting, multi-day walks that cover huge sections of map. Britain has an extraordinary amount to choose from – thousands in fact – so what we’ve done is chop that list down to our favourite 10, with the added bonus of an iconic Spanish…

1 min.
crib goch

Say the words Crib Goch to anyone who knows a thing or two about the British mountains and watch their eyes start to twinkle with mischief. Because if you have a taste for the more devilishly exposed of scrambling ridges, this is a place you can only avoid for so long. The ‘Red Ridge’ is what adrenaline junkie dreams are made of, with shattered crags, razor-edged walkways, wonky pinnacles and never-ending drops spinning away in every direction. It’s a long old ridge too, rippling for the best part of a kilometre until the drama finally starts to relent beneath the summit of Garnedd Ugain. Crib Goch is officially rated Grade 1, which is the most relaxed of all scrambling classifications, but the exposure is anything but. If you struggle with…

1 min.
matt le voi, lakeland mountain guides director

“The 2019 event page had been seen by over 2.7million people on Facebook by the time the evening came around, but I was still shocked when 2000 people came out to support the event. As night began to draw in we still had some gaps to fill on the hill, but my marshals directed people perfectly. Once we were set everyone turned their lights off, which was new for 2019. Standing there in total darkness for 10 minutes, listening to the crowd chatting excitedly, was ace. All 2,000 people counted down from 10 and as we reached one, we lit Cat Bells up like someone had flicked a light switch!”…

1 min.
let there be light

Four years ago, the team at Lakeland Mountain Guides started using their passion for the mountains to deliver memorable outdoor experiences that raise funds for charity. It all started in 2015 with Striding Edge by Torchlight, when seven people tackled Helvellyn’s legendary ridge at night in aid of Mountain Rescue. Blencathra by Moonlight followed later that year, then the Cat Bells Festival of Light in 2016, before the first ever Lakeland Festival of Light in 2017. The latter festival has exploded in popularity, inspiring more than 3600 people to take part and raising tens of thousands of pounds for charity. The 2019 Festival of Light took place in May, with an incredible 2000 people stringing out along the main path from Hawse End to the summit of Cat Bells, lighting…

1 min.
do it this month

CELEBRATE A MOUNTAIN LEGEND • Final Ascent: The Legend of Hamish MacInnes is a new documentary dedicated to one of the finest of all British mountaineers. Hamish climbed the Matterhorn at 16, almost beat Hillary and Tenzing to the summit of Everest in 1953, invented the metal ice axe, and founded Glencoe Mountain Rescue team, before tragically losing his memory in later life. Check for screenings near you at finalascent.co.uk STAY AT THE MBA’S NEW BOTHY The Mountain Bothies Association recently took ownership of Glenpean bothy in the Highlands, located in a wonderfully remote setting between Loch Morar and Loch Arkaig and surrounded by stunning mountains. The bothy has an open fire, wood-burning stove and plentiful firewood due to local forestry work. EXPLORE THE MOURNE MOUNTAINS Back for its 21st year, the Mourne International Walking…

1 min.
robens prima vapour 60 £100

The futuristic Prima Vapour sleeping mat makes use of modern materials and clever design to provide comfort and warmth in a light and compact package. • Multiple air chambers enhance stability and maximise comfort. • External channels allow the sleeping bag base insulation to loft effectively. • The Robens Peak Valve with one-way technology speeds inflation and deflation. • A layer of PrimaLoft is bonded to the top inner surface for extra insulation. • The packed size is just 27x9cm with a weight of 575g, expanding to a full size of 190cm long, 55cm wide and 6cm deep. • The Prima Vapour has an R rating of 2.2 and a comfort rating of 2°C.…