The Great Outdoors (UK)
Regular contributor Alex has been focusing on a new learning curve this year: fastpacking, blending ultralight backpacking with his new-found passion for running. He’s enjoyed some cracking trips to the Peak District and Scottish Highlands (Tranter’s Round was a highlight), as well as the Lake District – an area he’d been neglecting for years. It’s been a year of more social adventures, too, and he’s currently preparing for a big summer route across the Alps. See his review of backpacking food on p74.