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Trail June 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.
dream of high places

To steal a wonderful phrase I heard recently... ‘When we’re all brought low, we dream of the high, wild places’. For me those words have never felt more true than in the past two months, confined to home, writing this magazine, letting my mind drift back to peaks I’ve climbed in the past and forward to those I want to climb in the future. So I dug out some old photos of trips I’d not thought about for years; and old names, feelings and memories came flooding back that transported me straight into the mountains I’ve been missing. To being dragged up Cat Bells on a Year 8 school trip, to my first wind-battered ascent of Scafell Pike as a teenager, to the giants of Glen Coe on my Highlands debut,…

1 min.

Just 3.7 missing metres is all that denies ‘Foinne Bhein’ Munro status (a title it lost as recently as a 2007 survey). And if it were a Munro, just 113m in distance is all that would stop it being the most northerly in the UK. So, is Foinaven merely a mountain of ‘almosts’? Far from it. This northern beauty is remote, isolated and spectacularly crafted. Embedded in the deep north-west of the Highlands, it is a distant 280km away from Glasgow; Glaswegian crows will find Yorkshire’s Roseberry Topping to be a shorter flight. Its isolation comes from its geology. The tough quartzite that Foinaven is carved from left it standing proud and island-like when the glaciers scraped away the surrounding terrain. Ganu Mor is the highest point on a complex…

2 min.
trail picks

CHOOSE YOUR NO.1 MOUNTAIN! Our definitive Trail 100 bucket list is the challenge of a lifetime, containing the 100 UK peaks we believe every walker needs to climb. But if we listed them in order of greatness, which mountains should make the Top 10? And which would be considered Britain’s greatest? We thought we’d let you, the mountain-loving Trail readers, decide! Think about it this way – if you could only climb one peak from the Trail 100 bucket list in your lifetime, which would it be? Have your say at www.livefortheoutdoors.com/trail100poll Voting closes on 1 June 2020. GO WILD IN YOUR GARDEN If you’re missing sleeping wild as much as we are, replicate the experience in your garden! The Trail team have all done garden campouts over the past couple of months, and…

1 min.
north face tech reaches the feet

Two phrases you’re likely to see a lot of this year in relation to outdoor kit is ‘fast and light’ and ‘Futurelight’. The first applies to any kit that has been created to save weight and speed up your passage through the hills. The latter is The North Face’s own waterproof fabric which is very much part of that ethos. We’ve already reviewed its use in jackets, but now a new range of mid and low boots and shoes (including the £130 Activist Futurelights shown here) brings the benefits of Futurelight to fast and light footwear. We’ll feature a full review soon, but we have high hopes for migrating this impressive tech... thenorthface.co.uk…

1 min.
coros vertix, from £520

Could this be one of the most advanced outdoors-focused smartwatches ever released? • Incredible battery life offers 45 days of regular use, 150 hours in UltraMax tracking mode, and an impressive 60 hours in full GPS mode. • Currently works with GPS and GLONASS satellite systems, and a future firmware upgrade will add Galileo and Beidou compatibility. • Titanium case and Sapphire Glass waterproofing is rated to 15 atmospheres (150m under the water) and the lower working temperature limit is -20°C. • Built-in sensors include a compass, barometric altimeter, thermometer, accelerometer, optical heart rate monitor, optical pulse oximeter and gyroscope. • Regular updates increase and improve the watch’s functionality as the technology develops.…

5 min.
joe brown 1930-2020

Did you hear the one about Joe Brown? You know, the one about him sliding down the Snowdon railway, riding a flat stone like a skateboard. Or the one about the mountains of mail from all over the world addressed to simply ‘The Human Fly, UK’. About the plumber from Manchester who would become the first person to climb the most difficult peak in the world. The one about the kid who began climbing armed with a length of washing line as a rope. which his mother had deemed ’too weak’ to hang clothes on. “Hang on,” began the then 81-year-old Joe Brown, wagging a corrective finger. “It was never a washing line.” No? “No. Back in the forties, around roadworks they used to put these iron pins into the ground…