5 THINGS TO DO NOW...

Trail (UK) - - 102017 -

Set your­self a chal­lenge

1 Alex Stan­i­forth set a world record in his chal­lenge to climb the high­est peak in each county, and cy­cling in be­tween them. Amaze your­self with what you can achieve by set­ting your own chal­lenge. Whether it’s our #Ever­estAny­where chal­lenge, or your own very special blend of peaks, pas­sions and goals, the sense of achieve­ment you’ll get will be im­mense.

Set your sights fur­ther afield

While we LOVE the UK, there are mag­i­cal places to ex­plore all around the world, so why not be in­spired by our Jor­dan trek com­pe­ti­tion and, af­ter en­ter­ing, let your imag­i­na­tion run wild. Ex­pand your hill­walk­ing hori­zons be­yond the con­fines of the Bri­tish coast­line, cre­ate your own bucket list … and make it hap­pen.

Sur­ren­der to a nos­tal­gic photo sesh

Spend an after­noon rem­i­nisc­ing over pho­tos of your moun­tain ad­ven­tures – you never know, you might even find one wor­thy of en­ter­ing in our Moun­tain Photo Com­pe­ti­tion. Re­ceiv­ing your pho­tos and sto­ries is the best part of Team Trail’s day – so make sure you also share your lat­est ad­ven­tures with us for Out There!

Or­gan­ise your kit

For all but the most or­gan­ised among us, kit just gets stuffed into the ruck­sack in a hurry. Take a tip from this month’s skills (see page 61) and get or­gan­ised with colour-coded, wa­ter­proof stuff­sacks. For ul­tra-ef­fi­ciency and time-sav­ing savvy, go a step fur­ther and prep a go bag – a packed ruck­sack – to en­able you to just grab it and go on your next ad­ven­ture.

Re­claim the wild

So, while we’ve es­tab­lished that wild camp­ing in Eng­land and Wales is far from straight­for­ward le­gally, there re­ally is no bet­ter way of con­nect­ing with the land­scapes you love. If you are lack­ing in light­weight kit, look out for eBay or sale bar­gains – or plan a shorter walk in. Do it, but do it re­spon­si­bly be­fore win­ter de­ters all but the hardi­est campers.

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