WELCOME TO MARCH 2018
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.