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Big adventures with little ones

Kids can put a crimp in your adventure style – but they can also open up new ways of enjoying the outdoors. Our family-focussed July issue is here to convince you that you can continue to walk, camp and generally have an amazing time in the mountains with children in tow.

Turn even the tiniest tots into champion walkers with Hanna Lindon’s feature on inspiring kids to enjoy the outdoors, meet the readers who frequently hit the hills with their young un’s and read outdoor instructor Mikaela Toczek’s account of adventuring while pregnant. We’ve also got 10 recommendations for perfect first hill walks, along with plenty of non-family-related content including…

  • Patrick Baker searches for a series of secret but wildly intriguing caves in the Arrochar Alps.
  • Peter Elia experiences an incredible climb of Mount Kenya after lockdown leaves Africa’s highest mountain almost completely deserted.
  • Jim Perrin solves the mystery of Y Berwyn’s descriptively-named summit

PLUS Chris Townsend reviews 20-40 litre daypacks and canister stoves – and we’ve got 6 wild walking routes ranging from Cornwall to Glencoe to inspire your summer adventures.

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Read more: a peek inside the issue…

Little Feet, Big Adventures: Having a family doesn’t have to drastically curtail your outdoor life. Drawing on her own experiences, Hanna Lindon investigates how to turn kids of any age into champion walkers – and light a fire that will last a lifetime.

“One of the few things that unites kids and adults is a love of the outdoors. That’s why it always comes as a surprise to me that you see so few families – particularly families with babies and pre-school kids – out and about in more remote countryside. Is it uncertainty over what they’re capable of? The prospect of mid-walk tantrums? The fear of going somewhere that isn’t officially designated ‘family friendly’? In my personal experiences as a parent of two pre-school girls, the hardest thing about exploring wilder countryside with kids is the car journey to your start point. Conquering the car wobblies means the outdoors is your oyster. And the best thing you can do is to start them young.”

 

Leading for Two: Outdoor instructor Mikaela Toczek reflects on how she kept up an active life, pursued physically demanding qualifications and carried on with personal adventures during her pregnancy.

“I climbed until I was 38 weeks pregnant and only stopped when my growing belly actually started limiting how close I could get to the wall, making it uncomfortable and somewhat less enjoyable. I was constantly buoyed and surprised by how well received my pregnant adventures were in the climbing and outdoors community, with many people showing support, particularly other women, who perhaps had never considered being able to climb when pregnant.”

 

Forgotten Scotland: Scotland’s wild places are full of forgotten history. In this extract from his new book The Unremembered Places, Patrick Baker heads to the Arrochar Alps in search of a collection of caves most people have never heard of – but which played a defining role in the history of climbing and mountaineering.

“It is hard to believe that in such a densely populated archipelago as ours there are features of our landscape that could remain undocumented or unexplained, that there are places beyond our comprehension and recollection. Perhaps this is because we have become disconnected – distanced both physically and in thought – from the familiarities of wild places. So much so that we have come to regard our history with a distinctly contemporary, geographical bias: a predominantly categorised, class-bound and urban interpretation of the past. But this is to forget that we have only recently become a nation of city-dwellers, and that Britain’s northern latitudes are still a place of wildness, a littoral-edged domain, full of mountains and moors, forest and fen. And it is from these places that we have ancestrally travelled.”  

 

Glorious Solitude: Peter Elia headed to Mount Kenya in search of a less crowded alternative to Kilimanjaro – but as the world went into lockdown, he and his companions unexpectedly found they had Africa’s second highest mountain completely to themselves.

“The day was clear enough to catch a glimpse of Kilimanjaro, 200 miles to the south. Amazingly, this is the most extended view between any two points on the planet, and I wondered if anyone had just summited Kili. We had only seen a handful of hikers pass in the opposite direction since our entry through the Sirimon Park Gates. Typically 30 or 40 groups would have gathered at the summit by now, but we were all alone.”

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