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Trail December 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.
in search of solitude

Remember when we all used to disappear to the mountains for a few days at a time, just to get away from the never-ending daily grind of interacting with people? I don’t know about you, but that feels like a long time ago to me. My world has shrunk to almost miniscule proportions these past eight months, and when I do get the chance to meet other adults at previously mundane events like school drop-offs or a delivery driver knocking on my door, I get overexcited and can’t stop babbling. I’ve started missing crowds of people, and pubs, and live music, and football crowds, and even – I can’t believe I’m saying this - the office. With a socially distanced winter looming on the horizon, those feelings are only going…

1 min.

NORTH-WEST HIGHLANDS SUILVEN The word ‘iconic’ gets bandied about a lot when it comes to mountains. If there’s one peak that truly deserves the epithet, it’s Suilven. When glaciers scraped across the Lewisian Gneiss landscape of Assynt, the Torridonian sandstone of Suilven was carved into its steep-sided, narrow ridged form, leaving it elevated above the cnoc-and- lochan terrain as an ‘inselberg’ – an island mountain. A massif of multiple peaks with 731m Caisteal Liath at the western end being the highest, its unmistakable shape, visible from miles away thanks to the relatively flat surroundings, is an icon in its own right. Few mountains are as easily recognisable from their outline alone as Suilven. But it’s the air of mystery, myth and magic that abides in the Assynt hills and has indelibly set…

6 min.
women who walked alone

We know that women walk all the time, for all sorts of reasons: many of you reading this will be women who walk. But the stories that get told about the mountains, about walking, about women, in the books that are written on the subject, rarely if ever mention the fact that women have walked for centuries. We are used to reading accounts of men’s daring ascents of unclimbed peaks, of enduring harsh conditions in the mountains, or of finding creative power and solace in the act of walking, but women have been pioneers too. Here are five women walkers whose bravery and daring should inspire us. MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT (1759-1797) One of the first writers to discuss women’s rights, Wollstonecraft was a hugely influential figure in the late 18th century. In…

2 min.
trail picks

IRON MAN MEETS MOUNTAIN RESCUE We couldn’t quite believe our eyes when we saw potentially the future of Mountain Rescue in a gravity jet suit flying through the Langdales this autumn. A test in the Lake District by Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) saw Gravity Industries founder Richard Browning take flight from the valley to a simulated casualty on The Band, near Bowfell in just 90 seconds. By foot, it would have been a 25-minute climb. The 1050bhp (brake horsepower) suit, which currently retails at a mere £340,000 (!!!), can fly in excess of 80mph, and is capable of reaching an altitude of 12,000ft. Andy Mawson, director of operations and paramedic at GNAAS, said “We could see the need. What we didn’t know for sure is how this would work in practice.…

3 min.
“helping people get outdoors is good for my own mental health”

Back in 2017 I was really struggling with my happiness, and following a short period away from work my wife suggested walking may help. I started and it really did help keep me in a more positive mindset. Shortly after this I had a bit of an epiphany one morning and decided to change my job, but more importantly I was going to climb Kilimanjaro in my 50th year. At nearly 16 stone and having never walked up a mountain before I had to get focused – and fit. I asked Andy Higson (a former work colleague and keen mountain climber) to help me get some experience. So in October 2017, in atrocious conditions, we walked to the summit of Snowdon. I was seriously unfit and was actually counting 20 steps…

2 min.
“being outside hiking helps keep me healthy and sane”

My life love of adventuring developed at an early age. As children we were lucky enough to grow up travelling the world, and as one of four children I constantly had friends and playmates wherever we lived. When we moved to Scotland my father (a Colonel in the British Army) used to take us on ‘expeditions’, over mountains, through the streams and forests of the Highlands; armed always with a big bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk for morale. More recently I have suffered with crippling mental health issues, ranging from depression to anxiety to an eating disorder. You know that feeling when you think your brain may explode at any minute? Like it’s so full of information, emotions and worry. All of the things you can’t find an outlet for, or…