Travel & Outdoor

Trail September 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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13 Issues

In this issue

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ready, steady, scramble!

Record summer heatwaves seem mandatory in the UK these days. Hot weather in the mountains usually means dry rock, dry rock usually means great scrambling conditions, and does anything really beat a good mountain scramble? I’m not talking about the kind of route that shreds your nerves and leaves you clinging by fingertips to an overhanging pinnacle. More about ridges and crags that lift you away from footpaths, providing ample opportunity to dirty your hands on some gritty mountain rock. A quick poll in the Trail office came to a pretty comprehensive conclusion, which is that nowhere in the UK comes close to the mountains of Snowdonia in terms of bang for scrambling buck. As a result, we’re transporting you to a glorious triangle of gnarled peaks (p28), all just…

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EDITORIAL Editor Oli Reed Deputy editor Jenna Maryniak Art editor Louise Parker Head of publishing Shane Collins News and features writer Ben Weeks Staff writer Jake Kendall-Ashton Senior editorial assistant Sara Mattick Photographer Tom Bailey Technical editor Graham Thompson Map illustrator Steve Hall ADVERTISING Commercial manager Anna Skuse (468435) anna.skuse@bauermedia.co.uk Key account manager Joe Sheehan (366402) Classified sales Deanne Dwight (366384) MARKETING Marketing manager Holly Burdall (468111) Direct marketing manager Julie Spires (468164) Newsstand marketing Samantha Thompson (468128) PRODUCTION Print production Colin Robinson (468072) Ad production leisureads@bauermedia.co.uk (468772) Printers William Gibbons Distribution Frontline (555161) DIGITAL ISSUES Head of e-publishing Jim Foster BAUER CONSUMER MEDIA Managing director Sanjeev Khaira Editorial director June Smith-Sheppard Digital managing director Charlie Calton-Watson Group direct marketing manager Kim Slaney Finance director Lisa Hayden CEO Bauer Publishing UK Rob Munro-Hall…

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‘The Grey One’. That’s what Liathach’s name translates as, and this barely does it justice. So, what should it be called? There are many candidates for its best feature. Firstly, there’s its location. Lying just east of the head of Loch Torridon, Liathach is surrounded by glorious scenery, including the spectacular neighbouring peaks of Beinn Eighe and Beinn Alligin. Then there’s the appearance of the mountain itself. The horizontal strata of the Torridonian sandstone from which Liathach is formed creates a series of layered terraces that rise up like the walls of a great fortress. And finally, there’s the experience of being high on the crest of its back. The massif as a whole features no fewer than two Munro summits and four Munro Tops. This alone makes it worthy…

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mac wright, owner & walking buddy

“I’ve had other dogs before Genghis, but none like him. The bond we have is second to none. I don’t talk about my past, but I was a soldier for 25 years including operational duties, and our mountain challenges and expeditions together have basically kept me upbeat and focused. He keeps me going and just gets on with it. He’s a great companion. “Genghis came to live with me after his owner passed away. He’s developed a complete trust in me and has a lack of fear, but his enjoyment and safety always come first. He’s completely trustworthy in the mountains, and I only need to have him on a rope on very exposed areas.” • Find out if Genghis completes his challenge by tracking his progress on his Facebook page…

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the climbing canine

Meet Genghis, a dog on a mission to climb all 282 of Scotland’s Munro mountains. The adventurous spaniel has been on a relentless peak-bagging quest since being rehomed by his owner Mac Wright in 2016, and the inseparable duo are now just one peak short of completing their remarkable Highlands journey. Their biggest challenge to date was a roped rock-climb on Skye’s Inaccessible Pinnacle, when Genghis was placed in a strong bag and hoisted to the top, and they plan to bag their final Munro (Glencoe’s Sgor na h-Ulaidh) on this amazing dog’s 11th birthday in September.…

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do it this month

• HEAR PATAGONIAN TALES Spend an evening with mountaineering filmmaker Leo Dickinson at the Buxton Adventure Film Festival. Leo will share stories about his adventures in South America where, alongside British climber Eric Jones, he embarked on a 55-day expedition across the giant Patagonian Ice Cap. Buy tickets for the show, held at Buxton’s Pavilion Arts Centre on 17 September, at buxtonoperahouse.org.uk • DONATE YOUR OLD HIKING KIT TO CHARITY Do you own an old pair of walking trousers that haven’t been used for years, or a sleeping bag that’s only gathering dust? If so, outdoor retailer Ellis Brigham wants them for its newly-launched ‘2nd Life’ initiative, which donates people’s unwanted outdoor gear to homeless charities. There are several gear drop-off points or collections can be arranged. For more details, simply go to ellis-brigham.com •…