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Press release: Will Renwick joins Factory Media as Editor of Outdoors Magic

Factory Media are very happy to announce that Will Renwick has joined the team as the new editor of Outdoors Magic. Will joins the team at our offices in Clapham from Kelsey Media, where he was the deputy editor of the well-respected titles The Great Outdoors and Outdoor Fitness for several years. When it comes to hill-walking, tent-pitching, trail-running, all-round rugged outdoorsiness (and Bear Grylls impersonating), there is nothing that Will doesn’t know.

True to style, Factory Media grabbed Will for a quick chat and game of ‘Top 5′ to pick his brain over some outdoorsy things, and find out what makes him tick…

Will’s top 5… Bucket list destinations for hiking

I’m a real stay at home adventurer…

  1. The Beacons Way: I’ve walked almost every long-distance trail in Wales now (Wales Coast Path, Offa’s Dyke Path, Cambrian Way, Glyndwr’s Way) and this 99-mile route from one end of the Brecon Beacons to the other is just about the last big one I haven’t completed.
  2. The Berghaus Dragon’s Back: This has earned itself a reputation as one of the hardest ultra running events in the UK, if not the world. It’s a 5-day race across just about all of Wales’s mountains. The drop-out rate is ridiculous. It’ll be a good few years before I’m fit enough and have earned my stripes to take this on I think.
  3. The Outer Hebrides: I’m pretty familiar with the Scottish Highlands having done loads of walking and camping there, but I’ve never been able to explore the islands. The Isle of Harris, from what I gather, has some of the best beaches in the world and they’re totally secluded. I’d love to go there.
  4. Helvellyn: A lot of people regard this as having England’s best ridge walk, and it’s probably one of the most iconic (and popular) mountains in the Lake District – but I’ve never got round to trying it.
  5. Something out of the UK? I’d love to walk the Appalachian Trail in the U.S. one day.

Will’s top 5… Must-pack outdoors essentials

These aren’t all exactly essential, but they’re nearly always on a hike with me

  1. The family dog, Teilo. He’s a jack russell cross chihuahua but he has the stamina of a husky. He’s been on two separate 100-mile hikes with me.
  2. Coffee. I love a mid-morning coffee break on a long walk, particularly if there’s a good view to enjoy.
  3. A Buff head/neckscarf. I’ll use one in the winter to keep my ears warm and in the summer to keep the head cool. On camps I’ll wear it over my eyes to keep the early morning sun from waking me up. A buff has infinite uses.
  4. A water filter. I’ve used these for some murky looking puddles in recent times and I’ve never had any problems. They’re so good for keeping pack weight down on long trips.
  5. I like to carry a little bit of whisky for a night under the stars, particularly on long winter nights. Just enough to warm the stomach anyway!

 

Will’s top 5… Pet Peeves

  1. Instagram shots with tents pitched in ridiculous spots for the sake of a shot. See @youdidnotsleepthere
  2. Avocado. It’s overhyped.
  3. People who ‘suddenly’ start playing tennis during Wimbledon season.
  4. That holding area that budget airlines now put everyone into between the departure lounge and the plane.
  5. People who say H as ‘heytch’ rather than ‘eytch’. Yeh, I know… really petty.

 

Follow Will on social…

Twitter: @WillWalksWales

Instagram:  @will_renwick_

Facebook: facebook.com/willrenwick

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