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.
GET READY FOR WINTER
BASECAMP • YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
BRING ON THE SNOW • The clocks are changing, the temperatures are dropping, winter’s on the way. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop climbing mountains.
TRAIL Picks • Places we’ve been, things we’ve seen, and mountain-related stuff we like
“Having a mental illness prepared me to lead challenging expeditions” • Stu Skinner has walked, cycled and led expeditions all over the world, and is now using his experiences to pioneer the use of Mental Health First Aid in the adventure industry.
FACEBOOK GROUP POSTS OF THE MONTH • We asked you to share your photos and memories from your favourite summer mountain summits. You said…
Homo sapiens – the great mystery of our 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 coming to an end, 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.
In it to win it!
DROP ZONE • Whether your knees don’t like going downhill, or you’re looking to spice up your mountain adventures, there’s a new craze in town… and it’s not just for nutters!
GET READY FOR WINTER • For those who venture into wintry mountains, the rewards are great, but the stakes are higher. After last winter’s lockdowns and a long summer, now is the perfect time to dust off your kit and brush up your skills.
THE EDGY SIDE OF SKIDDAW • Yes it has got one! We’re off to scale the sexy slopes of this much-maligned Lakeland beaut. Just trust us...
“WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS LAND ON A MOUNTAIN...” • Let us take you back to 1926, eight years after WWI and five months before Lindbergh’s historic first transatlantic flight, to a time when a couple of daredevil pilots tried to land a two-seat biplane on the summit of England’s third highest mountain.
4 LEGENDARY MOUNTAIN LANDINGS
PATH TO PURGATORY • A path from Aber Falls takes you deep into Snowdonia’s wild Carneddau mountains, where you might just find out what kind of walker you really are.
THE MISSING LYNX • Thousands of years ago an elusive cat stalked the forests. This year, a study has been launched to find out how the public and landowners would feel about bringing the lynx back. Here’s what you need to know.
HILL HACKS • SKILLS, TIPS & TRICKS TO GET YOU HIKING LIKE A PRO
WINTER KIT • Recommended gear checklist for winter hills, from head to toe.
10 WAYS TO GET THE MOST FROM YOUR GPS • Quick, accurate and easy to use, GPS devices can be a lifesaver. Literally, if you’re lost on a hill with a hypothermic mate and a sprained ankle. But they can also go a bit wrong. Some simple switches and skills can help safeguard against disaster on the hill and keep your navigation, and your journey, smooth and straightforward, so you can focus on the fun stuff.
WHAT MAKES THE PERFECT ICE AXE? • It’s an essential bit of winter mountain kit but choosing one can be tricky. In search of an expert to explain what...