The Great Outdoors UK – 2020 January

The Great Outdoors UK – 2020 January
2020 January
The Great Outdoors is for anyone who loves walking in the hills, mountains and wild places. We provide all the inspiration you need to plan your next trip, plus expert reviews and tips. With information on the latest gear, in-depth features and stunning photography, The Great Outdoors will help you access the high peaks and long trails of Britain and beyond. Our enhanced digital addition includes even more great photos and interactive content.
A season to be celebrated
  SPARE A THOUGHT FOR ME. I have been struck by a serious work-related illness. Filling the hundred pages or so you hold in your hands with the inest outdoor content around may sound like an enviable job, but believe me, it can be an arduous process. It entails looking at hundreds of soul-stirring images; reading through a host of vivid, inspirational stories; and spending hours roaming mentally through wild and wonderful places in order to try to crat words that I hope do some justice to the joy of the outdoor experience (occasionally I even manage to physically transport myself as well…).
  As if this didn’t sound bad enough (feel free to stop reading if this is all too troubling), it produces some terrible symptoms. Restlessness. Wanderlust. Feelings of intense jealousy when features arrive in my inbox documenting spectacular escapades.
  I call it Editor Envy. And I feel it more intensely than ever as we wrap up this issue. Here in partly looded Yorkshire it’s been a horrid winter so far; my windows are currently veined with rain, as they have been for weeks. But the irst snows have fallen in many upland areas, including the Scottish Highlands, where there has also been some excellent weather, illing my social media feeds with extremely enviable images. Coupled with the experience of pulling this issue together, I’m now itching for the crunch of crampons, the dazzle of sunlit snow slopes and the Alpine-esque glory of winter mountains.
  As many outdoor aicionados know, winter can be much more than a time of darkness, vitamin D deiciency and cold ingers; it is a season to be celebrated because it can produce the most exciting, spectacular and adventurous conditions in our high places. When snow appears on the mountains, humble hills become sublime beasts; and while the challenges and hazards involved in climbing them increase, so do the rewards.
  In our bumper lead feature (p32) we give you the inspiration, guidance and advice you need to climb Britain’s ‘household name’ mountains in winter: the fantastic foursome of Snowdon, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Helvellyn. Elsewhere, Phoebe Smith’s account of walking through a snow-covered Fisherield Forest to ind Britain’s remotest spot (p46), Sarah Stirling’s mini-memoir of her winter wild swimming experiences (p54) and Alec Forss’ ski-touring journey in Scandinavia all showcase both the aweinspiring beauty and bone-chilling ierceness of winter landscapes.
  Winter is coming. It’s cold, it can be brutal – but, at its best, it’s unbeatable.

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