More Outdoor Magazines
Along with featuring collections of walking and cycling magazines, here is a selection of those featuring a variety of other outdoor activities. That is a list includes running, skiing, canoeing and sailing so it is a varied one. Some of these may not hold much attraction for me but they do introduce me to new areas while indoor cycle training sessions are being made to feel shorter.
Speaking of those new areas, 2015 has been a year when my walking excursions ventured my more usual sway within Britain, Ireland or the Isle of Man. Iceland and Switzerland have been visited anew and the thought of visiting other countries appeals to me, though those other possibilities may be held close to my chest for now. As it happens, the likes of Wanderlust and Lonely Planet Traveller entertain me with their writing and accompanying photos. Still, since these are more general travel titles, it is good to have their outdoor enthusiast counterparts too and there are some here.
It is the international opportunities that attract my interest here but U.K. locations get featured too. For example, Blencathra got featured in a recent issue along with a Lake District cross country cycling challenge. Any European destinations are of particular interest at the moment with the Alps, Crete, Cyprus and Turkey getting trip report articles. Looking further afield, Ontario in Canada and a visit to Central American volcanoes have earned a mention though I cannot say that I am setting my sights on those just yet.
In a previous stage of my life, the locations featured in this bimonthly magazine would not have drawn my attention. With my curiosity of possibilities beyond British and Irish shores having increased, any walking trips that are described could be enlightening but other activities are included too with skiing coming to mind and that is not all. One of the issues places such as Kilimanjaro, Bolivia, Canada, Switzerland and New Zealand. Some of these may be a little too far away for me but Switzerland felt the closest of the lot and may have sold that copy of the magazine to me. Others have followed it into my possession and a subscription even got taken out too.
This is another bimonthly magazine and I seem to remember picking up a copy at a branch of WHSmith in Glasgow Central train station on my way back from a walking trip up there a few years back. A subscription was taken out after that and I left a load pile up until indoor cycle training sessions allowed me some time for clearing the backlog. There is more to these than a selection of activity reports in each issue for wildlife encounters are included too. That adds a little soul to the presented content.
There is another interesting feature in that and different covers are used for retail and subscriber’s editions. The latter has no need to sell itself from a shelf in a newsagent so prominence is given to a photo on its cover with the magazine title and issue date being the only text that you will find. The retail edition then gets a different photo and, like so many others, has headlines on there to tempt potential readers.