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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TRAIL Picks • Places we’ve been, things we’ve seen, and hiking-related stuff we like
Out there • YOUR MOUNTAIN SNAPS & TALES FROM THE TRAILS
Cave spiders: the darkness dwellers of our uplands
MOUNTAINS FOR THE MIND • Mountains for the Mind is Trail’s campaign to promote the benefits of being outside for better mental health. We believe in the power of mountains to change lives – and here’s just a small selection of the amazing things going on in our community this month.
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YOUR STORIES • The Mountains for the Mind Facebook group is a supportive, inspirational community of 16,000 people just like you. We hear so many stories of social media being bad for your mental health, which is why we’re proud to have created such a positive online environment.
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN • Guarding the head of the Borrowdale Valley, EAGLE CRAG hides a secret passage through its defensive walls where the mountain gods await.
10 FELLS TO FALL ASLEEP ON • Russ Moorhouse knows a thing or two about wild camping, having spent a year sleeping on every Wainwright summit. Here are his top tips for making your next overnight adventure amazing.
LET’S GET FIACAILL • It’s the Cairngorm highlight that’s not at all Cairngorm-y, and if you’ve overlooked these peaks up until now due to their lack of scrambling, it’s the reason you’ve been wrong. Let’s get up close and personal with the FIACAILL RIDGE.
CHILD’S PLAY • Mountain leader Jamie Rooke combines his professional skills with the art of being a dad to help make days out in the hills with the next generation safe, and more enjoyable for all.
Kid-friendly hills • I’ve been very lucky to share some amazing adventures with Aili. Here are some of my best recommendations for mini mountain days for kids (disclaimer – they’re mostly in north Wales because that’s where we love the most!).
16 LESSONS FROM 16 SUMMITS • With a career in the mountains spanning nearly 30 years and a British record of 16 Everest summits to his name, what has Kenton Cool, one of the world’s leading Mountain Guides, learned?
ROLLING ON THE RIVER • Sliding down waterfalls, wading through gorges, zip-lining into pools, and leaping off cliffs into the dark unseen depths of the rock-walled, water-filled abyss. Sound like fun? Then let’s go canyoning!
[HOW TO] SAVE 10KG FROM YOUR PACK • Walking with a lighter pack, especially on multi-day routes, makes you quicker, more agile and less likely to get injured. Here’s how to cut it down...
WHAT TO DO IF… YOU FORGET YOUR SLEEPING KIT
GET MOUNTAIN FIT • Our monthly fitness tips from personal trainer and mountain leader Matt Le Voi will help you get ready for any mountain adventure.
WHAT’S THE BEST NAVIGATION APP? • Phones have become one of the most useful bits of navigation equipment you can carry. Though they should never take the place of a paper map and compass, they can make planning and execution easier. But which is best? We check out four of the big...