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Trail August 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

2 min.
welcome to trail

Time flies when you’re having fun. It hardly seems like three decades ago, in summer 1990, when I came back from the Himalayas to be interviewed for a new outdoor magazine called Trail Walker , before going on to write a regular column for years. In 1990, I was only just beginning my 8000m quest [Alan is still the only Briton to have climbed all 14 of the world’s 8000m mountains], although I didn’t decide to go for all 14 until I’d bagged number eight in 1996. By then, this new mag, which had gone from strength to strength and shortened its name to Trail , was regularly following my Himalayan mountain exploits, and continues to this day to feature my adventures. For me, the hills are a way of life.…

5 min.
the uk’s favourite mountain

“IT HAS A PREHISTORIC PRESENCE, AND THE ROUTE UP THE NORTH RIDGE IS ONE OF THE FINEST DAYS OUT IN WALES”BEN JAMES TRAIL ROUTES WRITER 1 TRYFAN When we asked you to vote for your favourite Trail 100 mountain, we probably could have guessed the answer. Back in 2014 Tryfan was crowned Trail readers’ favourite peak, with the North Ridge as the best UK route. And now, for our 30th anniversary, you lot have voted Tryfan as the finest Trail 100 mountain, confirming its status as the undisputed champion of UK peaks. With all the subtlety of a Mike Tyson uppercut, Tryfan socks it to you right from the roadside. For anyone with a fear of heights, just one glance at its grey, shadowy fin rising steep and sharp from the ground is…

1 min.
mountain photo of the year 2020

“A BEAUTY OF AN IMAGE. BRAVE COMPOSITION, GREAT USE OF BLACK & WHITE, CHALLENGING BUT STILL ACCESSIBLE.”TOM BAILEY, COMPETITION JUDGE ON LAST YEAR’S WINNING IMAGE (LEFT) Last year when Ray Smith’s dreamy image of Buachaille Etive Mor (above) won our annual Mountain Photo of the Year competition, no one could have imagined that for an extended period of time photos of mountains would be our only connection to them. Restricted to our local areas, prohibited from the high and wild places we love, images helped keep us sane during lockdown. It was photographs that rekindled old memories and gave us dreams for future adventures while we paced tarmacked footpaths and counted staircase ascents like caged animals. Thankfully, our freedom to roam the outdoors is returning and we can once again breathe…

1 min.
meet the judges

• NADIR KHAN An acclaimed adventure sports photographer and filmmaker who specialises in mountains, Nadir is inspired by “great light, dramatic clouds, landscape, and cool action”. • CHRIS UPTON Chris’ passion for photography started with a love of the British mountains. He is now an award-winning landscape and travel photographer and is a Fujifilm ambassador. • TOM BAILEY Trail’s long-serving photographer has probably photographed every mountain in Britain, and specialises in documenting people’s experiences in the outdoors. ALAN HINKES The first and so far only Briton to climb all 14 of the world’s 8000m peaks is pretty handy with a camera too. Plus, he’s not shy of sharing opinions! Perfect judge material. LOUISE PARKER After more than 20 years as Trail’s design supremo, Lou knows everything there is to know about what makes a cracking mountain image…

3 min.
the survival skills of mountain butterflies and moths

Of all the places in Britain, our uplands are probably the last place you’d expect to find such fragile, short-lived insects as butterflies and moths. There are a few though, and those warriors are worthy of note. Let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to live up there with just a pair of wings to keep you warm. In the specialist world of butterflies and moths, mountain and moorland habitats are described as upland (moorland) and montane (obviously mountain, this is basically everything above what would have been the tree line). The few species that do make a living up here are thought to be closely related to species from before the last Ice Age. They were quick to colonise high grassy areas and carve out a (tough) niche for themselves. Comparatively…

3 min.
“the only time i felt truly at peace was when i was outside”

I’m not what you would necessarily call ‘fit’, usually I’m exhausted after work, and let’s be honest, I’m a bit heavier than I would like. Me and my partner Rachel are both full-time teachers and while we love to climb mountains and go on trips of a lifetime, the reality for us is that just getting outside in any way possible has a massive benefit to our mental wellbeing. Both of us have suffered from mental health issues over the past three years. For Rach this has meant she’s had to take time off work, and I have had to do something I’ve always said I would never do... take antidepressants. Rachel’s dad passed away and naturally Rachel struggled. I tried to support her and say all the right things, but in…