What I’ve been reading this week, 3 May 2019


Writing a guidebook in a mountain hut on the Pyrenean Haute Route – Tom Martens, author of the new Cicerone guide to the HRP, writes about an adventure in the Pyrenees.

The stories behind the notebooks that documented Rob MacFarlane’s travels underground – this is wonderful.

inov-8 Roclite 345 GTX Review – Mark Rickaby reviews a pair of boots that held up to the rigours of the Pennine Way.

Interview: Katrina Megget on hiking New Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail and dealing with self-doubt – “it’s as if you’ve come home and everything is the same but you’ve changed because of the walk and the experience and as a result nothing quite fits or makes sense”

How to Plan Backpacking Trips When the Snowpack is Historically Deep – some useful tips on backpacking in the Sierra Nevada this June by Andrew Skurka. The Adventure Journal is rapidly becoming one of my go-to places for quality outdoor stories online, by the way.

Of course the Victorians walked faster. They didn’t have Instagram and map apps – I get that this is supposed to be a funny, quirky little piece, but it comes across as a bit too smug and leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Britain’s countryside is dominated by bullies – as Chris Packham has found – I have been told I ‘don’t understand the countryside’, but the tide is turning and things will change.

This is why we climb Scottish hills… – a grand day out from Jessica Scriven.

The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles – I can relate to this.

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