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Trail November 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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1 min.
awesome autumn

This is normally a time of year that feels like the end rather than the beginning, with the long days and hazy nights of summer vanishing fast into the rear-view mirror. But after the year we’ve had, this still feels like the start of our 2020 adventures. And a good thing too, because autumn brings unique qualities to the mountains. Be that the damp sponginess of the grass beneath your feet, that telltale chestnut tint starting to flicker across the landscape, the deafening honk of migrating geese, the roar of red deer, or simply the welcome sight of quieter footpaths as the crowds of summer disperse. And since we know you’re still itching to get out there and enjoy the last few mountain months of the year, we’ve given you…

1 min.
base camp

LAKE DISTRICT ST SUNDAY CRAG Part of the Fairfield massif, St Sunday Crag’s arrow-shaped summit sits apart from the famous horseshoe; the dot above the ‘i’ of the horseshoe’s western arm. To the south-west it narrows to a point, dropping in a thin ridge to Deepdale Hause. Two blunter spurs form the barbs of the arrowhead: the stubby Gavel Pike and Lord’s Seat to the east, and to the north the short, sharp drop to Blind Cove, beyond which the continuing ridge leads onwards, eventually depositing the walker in Patterdale at the shores of Ullswater. Seen from further north along the lake, St Sunday Crag forms such an intrinsic part of the skyline above Patterdale that it is occasionally and affectionately referred to as ‘the Ullswater Fell’. But this saintly peak has…

2 min.
join our wellbeing walks

One of the many things to be postponed during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic was our monthly calendar of Mountains for the Mind group walks, but thanks to the amazing work of the volunteers at Black Dog Outdoors they’ve been back up and running since July in smaller groups to comply with up-to-date government social distancing guidelines. But despite less participants attending each walk, there are now more events taking place each month, with a wider range of dates and locations to choose from. The aim of each guided walk is to spread the message that walking in the UK’s hills and mountains is great for your mental health, as well as to provide a safe and sociable group environment to do so, with each walk led by…

1 min.
summer of epics

THE MUNROS IN A MONTH Donnie Campbell has set a new record for the fastest Munro round, summiting all 282 Scottish mountains over 3000ft in 31 days and 23 hours. Donnie ran, hiked, cycled and kayaked a total of 1422km, smashing the previous record by a massive 8 days. PENNINE JOURNEY LIKE NO OTHER Former pro rugby player and quadriplegic Ed Jackson walked all 268 miles of the Pennine Way over 16 days, raising over £20,000 for the charities Wings for Life and Millimetres to Mountains. RUNNING THE 3 PEAKS Mental health charity fundraiser Alex Staniforth raised over £10,000 by completing the National 3 Peaks Challenge on foot, running more than 450 miles between Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 9 days, 12 hours and 51 mins. RUNNING THE 3 PEAKS –…

2 min.
trail picks

THE NEXT GEN Nope, this image hasn’t been Photoshopped. Yes, there really is a 3-year-old on this knife-edge Alpine ridge! If you don’t see the family resemblance, this ultra-cool little dude is mountaineer- extraordinaire Leo Houlding’s son, Jackson. For his 40th birthday celebrations, Berghaus ambassador Leo was joined by his wife, Jessica, and their children, seven-year-old Freya and three-year-old Jackson. Together, they spent four days on the round-trip to climb the north ridge of Piz Badile, on the border of Switzerland and Italy, carrying all of their equipment and supplies, and staying overnight in alpine huts and bivouac shelters. Just your average family weekend away then! WIN! £130 MERRELL BOOTS Mountains for the Mind partner Ellis Brigham is giving away a pair of Merrell MQM Flex 2 Mid GORE-TEX walking boots or shoes (men’s…

2 min.
last chance to enter!

GET THE WINNING EDGE Fujifilm ambassador Chris Upton brings you this month’s top tips for shooting that winning image. ARRIVE EARLY, LEAVE LATE! Capturing the best landscape shots is really all about the light. The best light is usually around sunrise and sunset, so shooting at these times can make a massive difference to your images without it costing you a penny! Use apps like The Photographer’s Ephemeris or PhotoPills to check the time and direction of sunrise and sunset at your location. INTERESTING WEATHER Don’t be put off by seemingly poor conditions – a bit of inclement weather can actually provide the perfect conditions for capturing stunning scenics. So the next time you see a forecast for mist, fog, snow or even rain, get out there with your camera – just make…