Welcome to the Maverick adventure magazine. A regular digital publication with news, events and videos for outdoor enthusiasts.
One of the big stories on social media this week is the border collie Jasper who went missing on Skafell pike in the lake district. Happily he was found thanks to the #findjasper campaign on facebook that received thousands of likes. A JustGiving site has been set up in support of the search with all proceeds going to the Wasdale Mountain rescue team
Events this weekend
The Fell and Rock club will be holding their remembrance service on Great Gable at 11 am this Sunday and will typically be joined by 500 people or more. I was fortunate to join the service on a couple of occasions and remember clearly the church bell ringing from the valley below as silence fell on the mountain top.
If you’re a cyclist then you may still be able to get entry to the Hellfire Sportive in Kent, so called because it was within range of the Axis Air Force and guns.
The Kendal mountain festival will be held from 20-23 November, It’s an internationally-known event, attracting film premieres from around the globe covering all aspects of mountain and adventure sports culture. It is also the main social event for outdoor enthusiasts in the UK.
Planning new adventures
Skiing – Portes du Soleil
With winter around the corner if you haven’t already booked your skiing holiday it’s time to get cracking. There are a huge range of options depending on your ability and budget, we’ve found the large Alpine resorts hard to beat in terms of scenery, variety and apres skiing.
Last year we went to the Portes du Soleil which is a great location for beginners and intermediate skiers with over 650 km of runs. We skied from Les Gets with it’s tree lined runs to Avoriaz with it’s exposed mountain tops and superb off piste. You can obtain a GPX download of the route on my Viewranger site
Walking – The Old Man of Storr
The Isle of Skye is a fabulous adventure destination with stunning and dramatic scenery. One of the iconic mountain images in Britain is the Old Man of Storr located on the Trotternish peninsula to the north east of the island
Walkhighlands has a spectacular walk passing through this amazing landscape
May is generally the most stable month of the west coast of Scotland and it’s before the dreaded midges are at full strength.
Thanks to Jamie Gordon for the fantastic image
A couple of videos that caught my eye this week
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BMX film-maker, Rich Forne is well know for his skewed and alternative style of video direction but this time we get a glimpse of Rich from the other side of the lens. Hold on to your seats for this one…
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Latest Gear – Water from thin air?
A design student from Vienna, is developing a self-filling bike water bottle that sucks water right out of humid air, check out the story at the Gear Junkie site
Quote of the week
The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir