Find out more about our Trail magazine adventure writing competition, in partnership with Mountain Equipment.
Have you been inspired by the mountains? Perhaps something amazing, exciting, harrowing, or particularly memorable happened; or maybe just being in a beautiful place gave you a new appreciation of your life. Whatever your experience, we want to celebrate these life-changing mountains with you. All you have to do is send your 400-word account of the single most memorable day you have spent in the outdoors and every month we will publish the best.
Entries have now closed for this competition, so stay tuned for the results.
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 guiding them to a tailored, memorable experience. The overall winner will also get the opportunity to write a feature-length article for Trail magazine.
The winning entries published to date can be found below - perhaps they'll inspire you to share the story of your own memorable mountain day.
March winner: Tom Keirle
Despite not growing up in the mountains, I did grow up with mountains. If Little Mell Fell in the Lake District was my baptism aged three, then Bruach na Frithe on Skye’s Cuillin a decade later was my confirmation... Read more
April winner: Jemima Letts
Moel Tryfan is a small unassuming mountain. It is only 429m high and its only claim to fame is that it shares its name with the bigger 3000ft Tryfan found above Dyffryn Ogwen. But I have discovered that a mountain doesn’t have to be big or famous to change your life... Read more
May winner: Tim Smith
It was the summer of 1993, and we were on holiday in north Wales with our two young children, Natalie & Stephen. After consulting the ‘things to do in north Wales’ leaflet, we decided to visit the Snowdon Mountain Railway... Read more
June winner: anonymous
There was a mountain, but I don’t know which one. A long time ago I fell, headlong, into addiction. Fortunately, I found myself on a rehab programme, part of which was a week at a centre somewhere in the wilds of Wales, away from the places and people that enabled our various addictions... Read more
July winner: Euan Taylor
I decided on my seventieth birthday to go hill walking again after a thirty year layoff. I was keen as a young man, then inconveniences like careers, families, houses, etc. got in the way. Could I go back?... Read more
August winner: Lyndon Marquis
I have chosen to climb Cam Crag Ridge, a gnarly Grade 2 scramble ascending 200m of grippy, volcanic rock on the eastern flank of Glaramara. The first few metres of it are easy-going on rough-textured rock. I top out above Woof Stones and the scramble begins in earnest... Read more
September winner: Andrew Bone
When I begin walking, my thoughts are always dull – money things, family worries, job concerns – a pretty tedious loop. My surroundings (the mountains) wait patiently for me to effectively shut up and to let the outside in. That’s when surprises happen... Read more
October winner: Helen Skinner
One of my favourite unattributed quotes is that life is not made up of the number of breaths we take but the number of moments that take our breath away. For me this is never truer, literally and emotionally, than in a mountainous landscape... Read more
November winner: anonymous
As a child my family used to make a yearly escape to the lakes, each year walking up a slightly bigger mountain. I couldn’t wait to be old enough for my dad to sit down and plan a route which would see the two of us tackling one of the lake district’s big three... Read more