Editor’s Blog: Welcome to issue 103…

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T&M Editor Chris Kempster welcomes readers to issue 103, Mar/Apr 2021…

With this summer looking increasingly like one where most of us will be staying in the UK rather than going overseas, we’ve filled the pages of this issue with some of the finest mountain adventures our country has to offer.

We have stories from yesteryear from Victor Saunders, recalling (mis)adventures on Ben Nevis and the sea cliffs of the south coast (p18). We have a ‘staying local’ backpacking trip from Exped Adventurer 2020 competition winner Laura Jacklin (p56), who sets off to find the source of the River Dove near her home in the Peak District. And of course we have our cover feature by Will Copestake, in which we highlight 10 of the best – and toughest! – Munro rounds, starting on p24 (plus a ‘bonus’ route, the Liathach traverse). These really are mighty outings that few will manage to do in a day – and prove that you don’t need to look further than these shores to find some really challenging mountain objectives.

Elsewhere we join Lesley Williams for a guidebook research trip to Switzerland (p48), we take a look at the best in mountaineering daysacks (p70) and softshell (p66), and we learn about avalanches, treating diarrhoea and becoming a winter mountaineer in our
Skills section (p40).

Until next time, stay safe and enjoy the fresh air!
Chris Kempster
Editor/Publisher, Trek & Mountain


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