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.
NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN
BASECAMP • YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
BOTHIES ARE BACK • After a long closure during the pandemic, Britain’s mountain bothies have opened up again. See you out there!
BOTHY REOPENING MBA GUIDELINES
TRAIL Picks • Places we’ve been, things we’ve seen, and mountain-related stuff we like
“Trail wheeling has been my lifeline” • In her early 20s Frankie Butler began suffering from a rare chronic pain condition that ended her promising sporting career. But now trail wheeling has given her a new sense of purpose.
FACEBOOK GROUP POSTS OF THE MONTH • We asked you to show us where you’ve been walking in your Mountains for the Mind T-shirts...
“If you always waited until you felt 100% ready, you wouldn’t do anything” • With no ultra-running experience, unable to read a map, and having never pitched a tent alone, Elise Downing wasn’t a likely candidate to become the first woman and youngest person to run the coast of Britain with her kit on her back. But over the course of just 10 months she discovered that you don’t have to be superhuman to do something incredible (spoiler alert: she did it).
Red grouse: The unique bird that shapes our uplands
Out there • YOUR MOUNTAIN SNAPS & TALES FROM THE TRAILS
ARE YOU WALKING THE HEIGHT OF EVEREST THIS YEAR? • Trail’s 2021 challenge to bag 8848m of ascent in a single year of hillwalking is now well over halfway through. 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.
WIN all this from Ordnance Survey
GO HIGHER FURTHER SMARTER • Trail teams up with the BMC’s hillwalking experts to bring you 100 skills and tips that will get you hiking like a pro!
MUNRO MAGIC • The Cairngorm Munros that form the western walls of the historic Lairig Ghru mountain pass look burly and dangerous. But if the gods of good fortune are smiling on you, there are fewer better places to walk.
MOUNTAINS TO CLIMB • DEBBIE NORTH is a trailblazer for making the inaccessible accessible. As she proved by climbing Fleetwith Pike with Trail on this recent trip to the Lake District, she’s on a mission to prove that wheelchair users and anyone facing adversity can achieve their dreams in the great outdoors.
MŎNARCH OR MONSTER? • Red deer are fascinating, beautiful, and near mythic in how we think of them, but high numbers and intensive grazing is causing problems for woodland and upland habitats. What’s to be done?
HILL HACKS • SKILLS, TIPS & TRICKS TO GET YOU HIKING LIKE A PRO
SCRAMBLING GRADES • Routes are graded on technical challenge, exposure or both. Here’s how to find the right level for you.
HOW TO IDENTIFY DEER • Here’s how to identify five of the UK’s resident deer species, including the ones you’re most likely to see in the hills.
Footwear fit for purpose • Aku’s Dual Fit System promises walking comfort and climbing precision in one shoe. Is this alternative approach to lacing an effective solution or an unnecessary complication? We take a look.
Mountain trousers • With colder months ahead, you might be surprised...