The Great Outdoors
magazine ∣ Dec 01 2020 · The Great Outdoors
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TGO Magazine is your essential guide to hillwalking and backpacking in the UK and overseas. Get out more! We provide all the inspiration you need to plan your next trip, plus expert reviews and tips. The Great Outdoors is for anyone who loves walking in the hills, mountains and wild places. 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.
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School’s out: the crisis facing outdoor education • Outdoor education centres have given countless school pupils formative experiences in the hills; but with the sector banned from operating under coronavirus restrictions, the UK stands to lose over half of these centres permanently. Campaigners are calling for government action…
FULL CIRCLE: The man who walked Britain’s perimeter in the name of art • Photographer Quintin Lake has completed a five-year challenge to walk the full 10,000 kilometre perimeter of mainland Britain. He talked to TGO about how he fell head over heels for Scotland – and why all long-distance walkers should have a barbed wire cover in their pack
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A situation beyond repair? • Roger Smith has few kind things to say about the latest development in the long-running saga of the Cairn Gorm funicular railway
Top 10 HILLS FOR WINTER WALKING BEGINNERS • Tackling any hill in winter presents a challenge, but our selection should give you some inspiration for easier climbs
A Journey in Landscape Restoration
From Dumyat to Mont Blanc
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CRAIG CWM SILYN • Jim Perrin recalls a youthful foray to “one of the neglected Welsh masterpieces”
FAST TRACKS • Travelling fast, light, solo and unsupported, Jenny Tough aims to traverse a major mountain range on each inhabited continent: a project that has taken her on five extraordinary journeys so far. On the most recent, alone and far from help in the Canadian Rockies, she had to draw on all her experience to succeed…
JENNY’S INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENTS • Jenny Tough is on a mission to run – or ‘fastpack’ – across a mountain range on every inhabited continent. Here are the extraordinary journeys she has accomplished so far.
How I pack for fastpacking • For Jenny Tough, the bigger the adventure, the lighter the load. When it comes to gear, that means high-performance essentials only
GETTING GEARED UP: JENNY’S FAVOURITE PIECES OF KIT
DARKNESS AND LIGHT • Earlier this autumn, seeking to escape the cabin fever of the pandemic, James Forrest set out on a huge challenge: a continuous, self-supported ‘fast hike’ of the Lake District’s 214 Wainwrights. But the weather had other ideas…
PURE MOUNTAIN ENERGY • In Assynt, the summits are ‘small’ in size but huge in atmosphere. David Lintern explores the overlooked southern hills of the region and chances upon what he suspects might be the best short backpacking route in Scotland…
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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION • Coigach capers
A PERFECT MORNING • The Nantlle Ridge is next door to the Snowdon massif, but it sees a fraction of the crowds. Pete Elliot and his friends take it on – and experience a spectacular sunrise into the bargain
THE NANTLLE RIDGE
BIKES AND BOOTS • Intrigued by New Zealand’s growing enthusiasm for ‘shared use trails’, where long-distance routes aim to unite walkers and cyclists,...