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Freeze Frame
THERE WAS A SENSE, that week, of the world drawing in on itself. The headlines were full of apocalyptic warnings as the number of daily coronavirus cases in the UK crept up from one or two to ten or twelve. I don’t think anyone could predict just how
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A Reason To Be Happy
OVER THE LAST YEAR, it’s become commonplace to talk about the scale-shifting effects of 2020: how lockdowns and restrictions, despite their hardships, have made us all more well-acquainted with our immediate localities, and given us a newfound apprec
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The Great Outdoors
Editor: Carey Davies, Online Editor: Hanna Lindon Editorial Assistant: Chiara Bullen Equipment Editor: Chris Townsend Sub Editors: Roger Smith & Sally Walters Art Editor: Helen Blunt Advertisi
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Are You Local?
AS WE ALL KNOW, the UK has once again been plunged into lockdown. The timing, terminology and details of each UK nation’s lockdown varies, but the message across all of them at the time of writing is very similar: a ‘stay at home’ directive has been
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Gear News
Columbia has two new waterproof jackets for this spring. The £135 Omni-Tech Ampli-Dry Shell jacket has 4-way stretch, a bonded hood brim, underarm vents, hand and chest pockets, and a PU-coated front zip. The OutDry Extreme Nanolite Shell jacket (rig
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The wooded glens, braes, lochs and hills that make up the Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park offer a taste of the Highlands close to the Central Belt. With the looming Arrochar Alps, family-friendly woodland nature trails and 'mini mountains',
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Garn Fadryn
“I will take leave of Lleyn with a cautionary tale, told me by a woman at Tudweiliog. ‘There was a Lancashire school teacher’, she said, used to come here for every holiday – Easter, Whit, and Summer. He came regular for thirty years. When he retired
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In our readers’ photography series, we invite you to send in your best pictures on a specific theme. Next is ‘challenge’ by 11.02.21. Send your pics to or The Editor, The Great Outdoors, Kelsey Publishing Ltd, The Granary, Downs C
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Essential Information
START: A66 east of Scales (bus stop: Mungrisdale Road End) GR: NY368273 FINISH: Ambleside GR: NY377047 Distance: 32.5km/20 miles Ascent: 1200m/1930ft Duration: 2 days Ronald meandered across the Eastern Fells, linking the 756m summit of Hart Side nor
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Southern Snow
LIVING IN DEVON, it’s not unusual to be still cutting grass in November. With growth hardly checked, even through the darkest winter months, the mower might need to be pulled out again in early March. Put simply, it’s warm down here. These balmy cond
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Essential Info
We stayed at the excellent, family-run Romantikhotel Zell am See, which has bags of character, and is right in the town centre within a 5-minute walk of the railway station. We hired snowshoes from Bründl Sports (several branches, including the CityX
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Cold-weather Kit
Shelter: Mountain Laurel Designs Duomid (700g) and Bear Paw Wilderness Designs inner (470g). This is my go-to shelter for scenarios where I want something light but with a decent degree of resistance against wild weather. It performed extremely well.
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1 Ciste Dhubh North-west Highlands SCOTLAND
Parking by the Cluanie Inn on the A87 GR: NH074116 1 Leave A87 road at Cluanie Inn and head NW up the pass, An Caorann Beag, alongside the Allt a’ Chaorainn Bhig (there are paths on either side) rising to the Bealach a’ Choinich 2 Follow path N over
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A Perfect Storm
THE FIELDS ARE SOGGY and damp, the footpath hard to find. But overhead the views along the Vale of Keswick are framed by Blencathra on the right and Clough Head on the left, both topped off with gleaming fresh snow. At the glen end, half-clouded Gras
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Bad-weather Plans
• Plan big – but also, plan small. There are always hills above. So base your plan around the low-level route, taking care not to make it entirely low. • Incorporate one high but necessary pass between two different valleys. • Book accommodation as a
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4 Crag Hill Yorkshire Dales ENGLAND
Dent, car park at west edge of village GR: SD704870 1 In Dent, go uphill on lane Dragon Croft. It becomes a rough track up to R of Flinters Gill. 2 At track above, go R around hillside 400m then L up rutted track for 800m. At its end head up to R of
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Need A Lockdown Project? Get Your Gear Organised!
LET'S MAKE A PREDICTION. You’re bored of lockdown version 3.0. Cabin fever is setting in and you’re longing for the freedom of the mountains. Local walks help a little – a temporary respite from the boredom – but what you really need is a project to
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Snow And Smiles
What do you do in one of the world’s major skiing landscapes if you can’t ski? Carey Davies heads to Innsbruck and finds the answer in the form of snowshoeing… WE SET OFF ALONG A TRACK into a calm, snow-muffled Alpine forest. Huge creamy clots of sno
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MARK DIGGINS: Avalanche Forecaster
Given the current lockdown, it’s unlikely that avalanche danger is looming large in many people’s minds at the moment – but at some point the hills will ‘reopen’, and knowing how to be safe in them in winter conditions won’t be any less important. Go
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Tents To Stand Up To Winter – And Beyond
DRAWING ON 50 YEARS of tentmaking expertise, Hilleberg produces superbly robust, lightweight tents for all conditions, from Cairngorms whiteouts to idyllic summer days in the Lake District. But their reliability in cold, wet and turbulent conditions
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3 Stony Cove Pike & High Street Lake District ENGLAND
Car park at Brothers Water GR: NY402134 1 Head S down track past Brothers Water to Hartsop Hall. Track ESE through campsite, turning R through pub car park to A592. 2 Cross road and follow path S in fields by road for 200m. Follow path climbing ESE t
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Suilven, Assynt “Despite living quite close to the hills of Assynt, I had rarely seen this spectacular landscape under snow. So when winter arrived abruptly in early December, I decided to spend the day on Suilven. “As I drove the icy road through El
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In The Frame
Size: 50x70cm Medium: oil on canvas AS WE MUDDLE THROUGH the gloomy days of late winter, it’s easy to start feeling restless for the brightness of spring. But Eilidh Stewart demonstrates that even in the darkest of storms and scenes, there’s a certai
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Outdoor Kit To-do List: The Top 10
If you’ve noticed your waterproofs aren’t shedding rain as effectively as they used to, they need to be re-proofed. Start by washing your garments with Nikwax Tech Wash (don’t use normal detergent) and then reapply their durable water repellency (DWR
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2 Beinn Fhionnlaidh West Highlands SCOTLAND
Park at the car park at Elleric at the head of Glen Creran GR: NN035488 1 Follow the farm road to cross the River Creran by a bridge, and take to the hillside at Glenure farm, heading east. 2 From the top of Beinn Fhionnlaidh, reverse your route back
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Mountains Of The Imagination
MY FASCINATION with the Karakoram Mountains began when I was 23 years old. In the travel section of my local library, I came across a book that was to change the course of my life. Written by the climber and photographer Galen Rowell, In the Throne R
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5 Fan y Big Brecon Beacons WALES
Lane near Tregaer, Llanfrynach GR: SO071249 1 Park with care, making sure you do not block any gateways. Walk through gate up track towards Tir-hir. Cross stream in small wood and climb to end of track. 2 Turn R, following FP sign to cross stile by g
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Outdoor Exercise: What Are The Risks?
AS MORE RESEARCH is done into how the virus spreads, what does the latest science say about the danger of passing on the virus in the outdoors? Throughout the pandemic, media attention and public debate has often focused on outdoor settings – local p
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Essential Info
During summer, two airlines fly non-stop from the UK to Innsbruck: British Airways ( from London Heathrow and EasyJet ( from London Gatwick. From London, Innsbruck is about 12 hours away by train, via cities such as Par
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1 North-west Highlands Ciste Dhubh 2 West Highlands Beinn Fhionnlaidh 3 Lake District Stony Cove Pike & High Street 4 Yorkshire Dales Crag Hill 5 Brecon Beacons Fan y Big
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