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Trail Spring 2020

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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 call of the wild

We all go to the mountains for different reasons. The challenge, the scenery, the adventure, the fitness, the benefits to our mental health, the thrill of an overnight wild camp, the warm embrace of that post-walk pub. I could go on forever. For me the mountains are all about fun, a place to break away from the daily life to-do list and scurry around doing something awesome for a few days. I love scrambling along knobbly ridges, waking up in weird places, peeping off the top of tall cliffs, watching big birds of prey glide through the sky, jumping in cold pools of water, talking rubbish with old friends for hours on end, and generally making myself feel like a kid again. And that’s also why I love this issue…

1 min.
the scafells

It’s easy to dismiss Scafell Pike. Sure, it’s England’s highest peak, but so what? It’s too busy, doesn’t have one of those deliciously pointy summits, and you won’t find any razor-edged ridges or pristine mountain lakes high on its rubble-strewn slopes. Isn’t it all just, a bit boring? Wrong. The Scafell range is defined by dark, almost gothic qualities, its high ramparts defended by abrupt cliffs and mangled buttresses that create a sinister atmosphere as you tiptoe beneath them. It would be madness to visit these peaks without tagging the high point of the country, but combine that with an ascent along the deep gash of Piers Gill (sneaking into the left of this picture), and the lonely neighbour of Sca Fell (dominating the skyline to the right) for one…

1 min.
mountain rescue when should you make the call?

Mountain Rescue hit the headlines in February when four inexperienced tourists were rescued near the summit of Ben Nevis in the middle of a brutal winter storm. The rescue created a firestorm of controversy, with thousands of people taking to social media to criticise the walkers, who were carrying no recognised winter kit, with three of the group wearing trainers. The conditions were so severe that the rescue helicopter couldn’t fly near the 1345m summit, meaning 22 members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue team were forced to make the journey on foot. The incident raised questions about how reliant hillwalkers in Britain have become on Mountain Rescue, a completely voluntary organisation dating back more than 50 years that relies on the fundraising efforts of its own team members to keep…

1 min.
the view from north wales

Rob Johnson is a member of Llanberis Mountain Rescue, which covers the Snowdon range. 1 WHEN TO CALL “There’s an ethos of self-reliance in the mountains, so calling for rescue should be a last resort when all other options have been explored. However, if there’s a threat to life you shouldn’t hesitate.” 2 NO JUDGEMENTS “We try to never judge the people we rescue. It is often down to a lack of awareness that could happen in any walk of life. Nobody ever intends to make a mistake or put themselves in danger.” 3 HUNDREDS OF CALL-OUTS “As a team we received more than 210 call-outs last year. An average job will need 12 people, but anything involving a stretcher requires substantially more.” 4 COMMON INCIDENTS “The most common call-outs are simple ‘slips and trips’, and we get…

1 min.
trail picks

ADVENTURE WEDDINGS Lucky enough to have found a partner who also loves hilly places? Thinking about tying the knot? Here’s an idea for a wedding to remember – get married in the mountains! Combine your special day with the activities and places you love the most and tailor your ceremony into something really personal. Adventure wedding photographer Cat is based in Austria but shoots weddings in high places all over Europe, including the UK. Check out her work, get inspired and download her free step-by-step guide to adventure weddings at wildconnectionsphotography.com WIN A BIVVY! Lightweight wild camping can be an expensive business, so we’ve teamed up with Outdoor Research to offer one lucky winner a Helium hooped bivvy bag, worth £200! It’s tough, lightweight and very packable. Enter at livefortheoutdoors.com/ORbivvycomp Closes 16 April. SUPPORT…

3 min.
celebrating the small brown superstars of the mountains

Two birds, more than any others, populate our uplands. They’re not eagles, swans or even corvids (crow family), but small brown bundles of feathers. Say hello to the humble meadow pipit and the slightly more glamorous skylark. But who cares? Well, I do for one. To appreciate the more dramatic, obvious creatures that grab our attention in the mountains, you need to understand the pyramid of life of which they are all a part. Larks and pipits are low down in that pyramid, but every block in that structure is important. Let’s start with the skylark. Bigger than a sparrow, it has stumpy, triangular wings that are key to identification in flight. The back of the body is a mess of brown, tawny and black streaks and it has white outer tail…