Trust partners new mountain writing competition

Mountain lovers across the UK encouraged to capture special moments in the hills

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A new writing competition is asking lovers of the outdoors to submit entries based on the theme ‘The Day a Mountain Changed My Life’.

The monthly competition is a partnership between the John Muir Trust – which looks after some of Britain’s most famous mountains including Ben Nevis, Bla Bheinn and Helvellyn –outdoor mountain gear company Mountain Equipment and Trail Magazine.

Each month for the rest of this year, a winning entry will be published in Trail magazine. The winner will also receive a year’s membership of the John Muir Trust and up to £100 worth of Mountain Equipment kit.

At the end of the year, one overall winner will be selected to spend a day on a John Muir Trust managed mountain such as Ben Nevis or Helvellyn with a Mountain Equipment professional tailoring and then guiding them to an memorable experience. The overall winner will also get the opportunity to write a feature- length article for Trail magazine.

Kevin Lelland, Head of Development and Communications for the John Muir Trust said “The connection between literature and mountain landscapes stretches back many years from Alfred Wainwright to Nan Shepherd and Duncan Ban MacIntyre. These and contemporary writers such as Robert Macfarlane, Jim Crumley and Cameron McNeish have inspired countless thousands to take to the hills and make our upland landscapes part of their lives. 

“As a charity that manages special and dramatic peaks, we’re looking forward to reading people’s accounts of the life affirming relationships they have with mountains. Perhaps we’ll find the next generation of inspirational mountain writers.”

Find out more about The Day a Mountain changed my life writing competition.

Mountain Equipment supports the John Muir Trust, providing high quality outdoor clothing to its land team, kitting them out to work in all weather conditions in some of the UK’s wildest places.