This winter issue of Mountain Pro is fuller than I think it’s ever been, and we’ve chosen to major on the cultural and historical. To start, there’s a history of winter mountaineering equipment, an extract from the record of the 1924 British Everest Expedition, and an introduction to the work of the Mountain Heritage Trust. Lucy, Chantelle and I got to see a few more shows at this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival, and that’s reflected in our expanded news and reviews section from the festival. For me the highlight was a quiet but revealing documentary about Tom Ballard (reviewed on page 7), who last year followed in family footsteps to complete a first on the big 6 Alpine North Faces. Tom took a few minutes to talk ice tools and vibram in our Tried and Tested feature. Elsewhere, Chris Sharma recovers from hard rock by building an indoor gym, Above and Beyond spend a day with Northumberland MRT, and we review winter packs, synthetic insulation and winter walking hardware. To round things out, there are two installments of wildlife monitoring - from Scotland to Slovakia - because it’s very definitely not all about the gear.
And lastly, a big thanks to Nick Bullock for a look inside his forthcoming book, Tides. I’m not sure which is bolder, but I’ve been a fan of both Nick’s climbing and writing for an age, so it’s a great privilege to have him contribute something for the magazine.