March 2017 Issue


Grey Corries And Aonach Mor From Commando Memorial Glen Spean

The Grey Corries

The Grey Corries are a range of mountains in the Scottish Highlands to the east of Ben Nevis. To walk the entire ridge, climbing all four Munros makes for a classic British mountain walk. Our expert on the region, Ronald Turnbull, shows us some of the magic that can be found on these peaks and in the valleys.

Rokuon Ji Zen Buddhist Temple In Kyoto

Exploring Japan's wild places: a north to south tour

From the snow capped peaks of Hokkaido to the deserted white beaches of the Okinawa Prefecture, Jonathan Cook samples a little bit of everything during his tour of Japan.

8 The Letterbox On Ladies Peak Was The First New One Placed In 1979

Letterbox walking on Ascension Island

Set in the South Atlantic, just a few degrees south of the equator and almost midway between Angola in Africa and Brazil in South America, tiny Ascension Island offers a number of ‘letterbox walks’ which make for an attractive way of seeing the island.

Backpacking in the Cairngorms

Dipping a toe in the Cairngorms – a backpacking adventure in the Scottish mountains

If you are looking for a chance to escape the office and find real remoteness in the UK, then the Cairngorms are calling! Few other places in Britain bring out that primal feeling of being alone in the wilderness more than these mountains. Alex recounts his experiences in October 2016.

On The Gr5 Through The French Alps

Crossing the Crête des Gittes on the GR5

The GR5 is one of the world's classic treks. The section through the French Alps takes nearly a month and involves long distances, big climbs and staying in high mountain huts. Jonathan Arlan chose it as his first long distance walk. Literally. Here, he recounts a tough section that he encountered early on in the trek: the infamous Crête des Gittes ridge.

The Narrow And Rugged Finger Of Madeiras Eastern Tip

An island in the sun: a circuit of Eastern Madeira

Steve Barham has developed a ‘thing’ about exploring islands – particularly those in warmer climes. Living on the seaboard of western Ireland he’s had the privilege of being able to ramble around a good few small and isolated rocky mounds of green that rise above the wild waters of the Atlantic, but when the daylight hours dwindle and rain clouds come scudding in through the cold winter air his thoughts turn southwards, towards blue seas and skies. One such place is Madeira, an island whose fertile volcanic rock shot steeply up into a warm and moist subtropical air stream that remained unvisited in spite of a growing fascination.