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Our March issue could change your life!

Will this be the year that you finally ditch the 9-5 and build a new life in the mountains? Inside our March issue is everything you’ll need to make that life-changing move, from inspiring interviews to practical tips and location advice. Meet the city slicker who launched a new career in Snowdonia, the Londoner who relocated to the Cairngorms and the factory worker now living his dream as a Mountain Leader – and find out how you can follow in their boot prints.

Go wild

Not quite ready for a lifestyle change? You can still escape the urban grind to revel in Britain’s open, wild and rural spaces.

  • Follow James Forrest as he backpacks the sublime Cumbria Way in winter
  • Join Peter Elia in the Peruvian Andes and discover why this region of tropical glaciers, turquoise lakes and soaring mountains faces an uncertain future
  • Discover the wintery wilds of the Monadhliath with David Lintern as he sees the Scottish Highlands both at their most glorious and at their darkest

And that isn’t all. Our comprehensive gear section sees Chris Townsend put a range of the latest outdoor legwear through its paces while Alex Roddie shares the gear that survived his 316-mile Cape Wrath expedition. Jim Perrin looks back at his joyful first ascent of Skiddaw and we round up 10 walks featuring incredible rock formations. As always, of course, there are our 10 Wild Walks to get stuck into – this issue, routes range from the West Highlands to South Devon.

And much more inside!

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Read more: a peek inside the issue…

Moving for the mountains: Could you pack up your old life and live the dream in the mountains? Meet the people who made it happen – and find out how you could follow their lead.

“By shifting our geographical locus, our world changed beyond recognition overnight. Not only was our new home ideally placed for impromptu days out on the Lakeland fells but we were able to explore the North Pennines, the Southern Uplands and Northumberland. What’s more, the edge of the ‘Promised Land’ of the Scottish Highlands, the hillwalker’s nirvana, was little more than a two-hour drive away… The hills were no longer confined to holidays; they were part of our everyday lives.”

Light and shade: David Lintern enjoys gin-clear views, off-trail snowshoeing and amazing wildlife on a wintery wander in the Monadhliath – but it’s not all unmarred bliss.

“The snow was soft and often deep with a thin crust, just perfect for snowshoes. The views over the plateau north west seemed to extend forever – oh, to be able to ski tour, I thought. In the meantime, though, my snowshoes were a lot of fun, their broad crampon teeth coping well on uneven ground. I crossed burns fed by Lochan Uisage, followed a boundary line fence and negotiated snow-covered boulders as the light began to soften further. Which is when I saw the golden eagle.”

Queens and Condors: The high-altitude heaven that is Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash faces an uncertain future. Peter Elia takes on a spectacular trek that could be on the verge of disappearing.

““Starting at Pocpa, I felt both excitement and concern. This was unknown territory, both physically and mentally. I had never before hiked at this altitude nor camped continuously for two weeks. What version of me would appear at the end of this circuit? Zen-like and in tune with the natural world? Or broken and dishevelled, suffering from sleep deprivation or even worse – the dreaded altitude sickness?”

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