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.
INTO THE UNKNOWN
BASECAMP • YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
LAST CHANCE TO ENTER! • It’s not too late – send us your best mountain photographs today to be in with a chance of winning!
GLENMORE CAMPSITE, CAIRNGORMS • Places we’ve been, things we’ve seen, and mountain-related stuff we like
The power of the great outdoors • Trail catches up with three inspirational people who – for totally different reasons – have turned to the hills to help them through difficult periods in their lives.
Beetles: The tiny terrors of the mountains
Out there • YOUR MOUNTAIN SNAPS & TALES FROM THE TRAILS
ARE YOU WALKING THE HEIGHT OF EVEREST THIS YEAR? • With Trail’s 2021 challenge to bag 8848m of ascent in a single year of hillwalking well underway, here’s our selection of this month’s star challengers from the Trail Everest Anywhere Facebook group, and details of where they’ve been to clock up their ascents...
WATERWORLD • There are around 40,000 lochs, lakes and llyns in the UK, with many of the most spectacular set among our hills and mountains. Here are some of Trail’s favourites to add to your walking bucket list.
MINI, BUT MIGHTY
IN DEEP • Rucksacks bobbing on inflatable rafts behind us, into the water we go. Welcome to the world of ruckrafting – a glorious mixture of backpacking and wild swimming.
MAN v MOUNTAIN • So what does it really take to climb every peak on our Trail 100 mountain bucket list? In the case of our own intrepid photographer, the answer is around a quarter of a century of epic adventures, plus a good old-fashioned butt-kicking from the final mountain for good measure.
THE HOLLOW MOUNTAIN • The mountains west of Ffestiniog are relics of Snowdonia’s once mighty slate industry, riddled with old mines and quarries. As well as bagging summits, intrepid walkers can also venture underground, deep into the very mountains themselves. Grab your headtorch for a hill day with a difference.
HOW SAFE IS YOUR FOOTWEAR? • Boots, clothing, map and compass are standard hillwalking kit, but are they always essential?
HILL HACKS • SKILLS, TIPS & TRICKS TO GET YOU HIKING LIKE A PRO
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HOW TO FORAGE FOR FUNGI • Mushrooms pop up in woods all over the place in autumn and – if you know what you’re looking for – make a tasty and impressive addition to a campsite meal. We’ve picked five of the easiest and safest to identify.
Layers for life • New to the UK market, Zerofit’s extensive range of base layers have the outdoor-lover covered in all conditions.
Budget boots • Check out our round-up of the six best 3-SEASON BOOTS around £150, then bag yourself a bargain…
Active mid layers • With the multiple jobs of keeping you warm, dry and comfortable – all while allowing you the freedom you need to bag your summit goals – a good mid layer is a key and often overlooked bit of kit.
Backpacking rucksacks • The ultimate multi-day backpacks swallow all your gear with ease, yet feel stable, comfortable and virtually weightless, and are well-ventilated too. It’s a lot to ask, so here’s our handy round-up to find the best out there right...