The June issue is out – here’s why it’s essential reading

Have you ever dreamed of climbing Suilven, or fantasised about backpacking across the Lake District? This issue is for you!

One of Scotland’s finest mountains hits the big screen this month with the release of feature film Edie. Our Editor, Emily Rodway, met up with the director and the film’s star, Sheila Hancock, to hear about their experiences of filming in the wilds of Sutherland. Our Gear Editor, Chris Townsend, has also contributed a stunning feature on Suilven, exploring just why it’s one of our best hills.

This month we review two books: Kinder Scout: The People’s Mountain by Ed Douglas and John Beatty, which David Lintern says is a “quietly astonishing and important piece of work”; and The Lynx and Us by David Hetherington is reviewed by Roger Smith, who “found this book a valuable source of information – and the photographs are lovely.”

Columnist Roger Smith examines the serious threat to our local nature reserves.

Further afield, outdoor author Ian Mitchell raises an important topic: how the USA’s public lands are threatened under Donald Trump’s presidency.

We’ve included a bumper gear section this month – a camping gear guide, focusing on solo shelters with Chris Townsend (from tents to bivvy bags, and a few somewhere in between), lightweight family camping with Emily Rodway and John Chivall, and new kit with Daniel Neilson.

Other features include Vivienne Crow’s two-day traverse of the Lake District, crossing six prominent cols; Fiona Barltrop celebrates 40 years of the UK’s longest National Trail, the South West Coast Path; James Urquhart explores Snowdonia’s forgotten mountains; and Alex Roddie hikes 100 miles from Ardgour to Mull.

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