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Trail February 2020

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

1 min.
the challenge of a lifetime

The Trail 100 means a lot to us at this magazine. Not just because it bears our name, but also for what it will mean to each and every person who attempts to bag the century of peaks on this unique bucket list of the UK’s finest hills and mountains. To take the Trail 100 challenge is to make a commitment to yourself; an admission that you’re going to dedicate many weekends, months and even years to chasing your dreams and goals over ragged mountain ridges and on to remote summits where you’ll likely find more eagles than people for company. The original list was dreamed up back in 2007 by a previous (and far more creative) Trail editor, and the fact that it’s now front and centre again only…

1 min.
helm crag

It’s one of hillwalking’s great ironies that should you bag the summits of all 214 Wainwright fells you will have managed one more than their curatorial guidebook author. Helm Crag is the reason. This diminutive fell rises to a modest 405m, but its summit is among the most striking in the Lake District. At its eastern end a blocky lump of rock and boulder make for a fun detour. The leonine profile of this outcrop as seen from Grasmere village gives the feature its name: the Lion and the Lamb. It’s a famous Lakeland sight, but not the top of Helm Crag. A higher outcrop lies at the western end of the ridge. It too has names bestowed upon it from the valley, although differing angles of view have provided…

1 min.
walk the height of everest this year

JOIN US IN 2020 Trail’s Everest Anywhere challenge is back to help you shake off those January blues, boost your fitness, kick-start your mountain adventures for 2020, and get you back to your happy place. The challenge is simple – add up your total ascent from every hillwalk throughout the year until you reach the height of the world’s tallest mountain – 8848m. No supplementary oxygen required! And if one Everest isn’t enough, just keep climbing to see how many you can pile up over the next 12 months. The record number so far is 23 (see right)! Thousands of you challenged yourself to climb the height of Everest in 2019. And what an incredible year it was! From conquering your fears to achieving life-long ambitions, and from spending quality time with…

2 min.
base camp

• LORNA JOY HODGKINSON “Four years ago I was 4-stone heavier and struggled to walk. Now I’m just short of my 3rd Everest. Thank you to Trail’s Everest Anywhere challenge for giving me a reason to get out. Walking has now become my ‘happy place’. Here I am on Kidsty Pike.” • JILL BLACKWOOD “We have completed so many more hills this year so that I could collect the height! I have a fab group of walking friends, and last weekend we headed up Ben Lomond (pictured) for a couple of the group to complete their first Munro.” • PAUL BATHAM “At just 5½ years old, my son Charlie has completed his Everest Anywhere challenge, getting 19 summits in along the way and completing it within 6½ months. Heading to the hills and mountains has…

1 min.
the 2019 leaderboard

23 EVERESTS! ANDY COLE “I’ve been very fortunate this year to have been out with Skye Mountain Guides almost daily, accumulating 1 Everest every 8 days. It’s been magical, with a lot of learning along the way. Maybe one day I will head up Everest itself!” 18 EVERESTS! ANNA HUMPHRIES “I seriously underestimated just how quickly the metres add up climbing mountains for work and for fun.” 12 EVERESTS! NEIL ROBERTS “I climb my local mountain, Cadair Idris, most weeks, so this has taken my total to just over 12 Everests this year, with a few trips to the Alps and Majorca.”…

2 min.
view with a room

Nestled in the hills bordering southern Snowdonia is a unique and special place to stay, straight from the pages of Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree. Wind your way around the old oak tree, up the spiral staircase, cross the swing bridge, and enter into another world. The six treehouses themselves are works of art. Heated with log burners and well-insulated, they’re even more cosy and appealing in winter. Totally off-grid, lit by solar lighting and candles, with gas cooking facilities, a hot-water outdoor shower and views into the trees, it’s an experience you won’t forget. living-room.co MOUNTAIN DECOR Need more mountain views in your life? Transport yourself to your favourite place without leaving the house with a feature wall. Choose from a range of mountain-inspired wallpapers or design your own. photowall.co.uk MOUNTAIN…