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Trail July 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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United Kingdom
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
big plans, big adventures

High summer is the time of endless opportunity in our mountains. Temperatures soar, days stretch, and the scope of adventure feels almost limitless. We’ve all had a crappy first half of 2020, no doubt about that, but if you’re reading this magazine I know you’ll be doing exactly what I’m doing: making big plans, for big adventures, ready to grab your loaded rucksack and head for the hills when you get the green light. And since we’ve all had so long to wait, we may as well make the most of it while we’re there, right? I’m talking about trips of a lifetime, right here in Britain. Like sleeping wild on one of Scotland’s greatest mountains, coming face-to-face with F-15 fighter jets on a Welsh hilltop, sharing a Lakeland summit…

1 min.
pen y fan

It’s easy to write Pen y Fan off – it’s busy, the main path’s practically a motorway, and there’s a burger van in the car park. But all this spectacularly misses the point. Firstly, at 886m, Pen y Fan is very much a mountain; the highest in Britain south of Cadair Idris, in fact. And beyond the statistics, what a mountain it is. Formed from Old Red Sandstone, like its neighbours (which can be bagged together on a magnificent horseshoe walk) Pen y Fan wears the telltale horizontal striations of its constitution on its green flanks. The summit is topped by a Bronze Age cairn, and the panoramic view includes the Gower Peninsula, the Black Mountains, the Cambrian Mountains and, on a good day, the summit of Cadair Idris. Little…

5 min.
the last great himalayan climb

At around 2pm on Wednesday 25th May 1955, a pair of young British climbers, George Band and Joe Brown, found themselves sitting on an icy ledge at the top of a steep slope. Back home George was a geology student who had recently graduated from Cambridge, Joe a general builder who had left school at 14. If it hadn’t been for climbing, they might never have met, but right now they were partners, spearheading the British Kangchenjunga Reconnaissance Expedition. At around 27,800ft they were undoubtedly the highest men in the world, but they were still some 350ft short of their goal. And that was a big problem because they were way beyond their turnaround time. If everything had gone according to plan, they would have been on their way down. Time…

3 min.
caution advised: beware solar-charged adders

I love the fact that Britain is a fairly safe place when it comes to dangerous critters. I also love the fact that there is one – the adder – that is definitely worth treating with respect. The adder’s bite, although rarely fatal, will need urgent hospital treatment. What’s more, the mountains are prime habitat for this common British snake. Luckily for us, adders are timid creatures, far more likely to slither away on hearing the heavy footfall of us mountain wanderers than hang around waiting to be trodden on. Given the above information, everyone should know how to identify an adder. The good news is, it’s easy; look for a zigzag patterning down the back of the snake, often with a ‘V’ shape on the back of the head. Adders…

3 min.
“exploration is about being ballsy. it might be a bit reckless, but i like that”

On 9 August 2010, after 860 days of trekking, explorer Ed Stafford became the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River. He went on to feature in the Discovery Channel show Marooned with Ed Stafford – a series which saw him abandoned in remote destinations around the world to survive on his own. In the first of those challenges, Ed was left on the uninhabited Pacific island of Olorua for 60 days, with just his camera, an emergency satellite phone, an emergency medical kit – and no clothes! As such, he knows a lot about coping with solitude, developing ideas for future adventures, and planning expeditions. We caught up with him during lockdown via video link for a socially-distanced, frankly honest, and fully clothed chat… How have…

1 min.
ed’s lockdown survival tips

Exercise outside every day. Getting outside not only gives you physical benefits and some vitamin D, but also helps give you some perspective, particularly on your household and those you are locked down with! Meditate. You don’t have to spend all your time in lockdown with other members of your household. Taking that time for yourself will make you a better housemate to them. Attitude. The difference between an adventure and an ordeal is your attitude. You can take control and have power in your life by taking responsibility and having a positive attitude. Ed is an ambassador for Vivobarefoot footwear. For more top tips for surviving lockdown from Ed and others search #VivobarefootHealthBroadcast.…