Trail (UK) - - This Month In Trail Magazine - Si­mon In­gram, ed­i­tor (Twit­ter@MrSi­monIn­gram)

Why do you go to the hills? Peace? Beau­ti­ful views? Chal­lenge? A slower pace? To em­brace the out­doors or benev­o­lently pit your­self against it, re­turn­ing re­newed, a lit­tle spanked and nicely in per­spec­tive? To step away from the clat­ters and stress of a zil­lion at­ten­tion-snar­ing dis­trac­tions and just breathe? Or to pay a for­tune to tear along a zip wire sta­pled across a lake? There’s been lots of dis­cus­sion lately about how we use our wild places. About who has the right to make cash from the land­scape and what it has to sac­ri­fice to en­able that. This month maybe we could lis­ten to John Muir (see p64), one of the first to wake up to the fact that, hav­ing en­croached as far as we have, we now can’t be cava­lier with both the amount of wild space left and our at­ti­tude to­wards spend­ing time in it. He said: “of all the up­ness ac­ces­si­ble to mor­tals, there is no up­ness com­pa­ra­ble to the moun­tains.” Think about that.

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