Trek and Mountain is a new outdoors mag with a slant towards adventure travel.
There's a new outdoors magazine on the block, it's called Trek and Mountain and it's already on its second issue. To be honest, I hadn't even heard of it until we bumped into one of the magazine team at the recent Outdoors Show and begged a copy.
What's it like? In a funny sort of way it reminds me a little of On The Hill magazine. Or maybe a cross between On The Hill and its stablemate. Global Adventure. Does that still exist? Anyway, it's a neat, full-colour, perfect bound sort of thing with a slant towards adventure travel-type articles although there's also some domestic stuff – a feature on classic Snowdonian scrambles for example – and brief kit reviews.
To give an idea of what it's all about, the cover feature is a story about 'trekking peaks', which they define as high mountains you can climb without technical skills – potentially some Nepalese 'trekking peaks' are something else entirely, but that's a different matter really. It's a neat enough feature with some sound background information backed with mini-profiles of a dozen peaks ranging from the likes of Denali and Aconcagua through to lesser known summits like Fansipan in Vietnam, at 3,143 metres, the high mountain in Indo China.
Then there's an extended picture story based on images from Doug Scott's collection with paragraph or two explaining the significance of each image – some stunning photographs there – a digital mapping overview, John Manning on the Pacific Crest Trail, a gentle feature on fell running and, well, you get the idea.
The mag's got quite a contemporary 'how to' feel to it, you don't get introspective, Outside-style features, but it's a nice browse, particularly if you're looking for inspiration, in a factual sort of way, for your next overseas trip mixed with a bit of kit and UK material.
More about the magazine at www.trekandmountain.com.