Friday Detours: 25th September 2020

The best outdoor and lifestyle news and inspiration from across the web. This week: the man who is helping to make America’s outdoors less white, epic UK walks, the world’s loneliest job and the world’s most spectacular deep cave.

25th August 2020 | Words by Matt Jones @ WildBounds HQ

#1 Black to the trails
A new program for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the US is aiming to help more black students enjoy the great outdoors by funding a gear library, local adventures and expeditions.

#2 Completing the coast
British photographer Quintin Lake has just finished an epic, five-year walk in which he circumnavigated the entire coastline of Britain on foot, documenting the journey with thousands of stunning photographs

#3 Here’s the kicker
Looking for a UK walk with an adrenalin kick? Contributors from The Great Outdoors magazine reveal their favourite ridge walks, scrambles and hidden places

#4 The loneliest job
Jim Henterly is one of America’s last Fire Lookouts – the men and women who watch for wildfires from shelters high on remote mountains summits, like Desolation Peak in Washington’s North Cascades. This stirring short film tells his story

#5 Underground epic
Read about Andreas Klocker’s latest expedition to Sistema Huautla in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, one of the world’s most spectacular deep caves, which involved diving through its many ‘sumps’ – flooded passages that can only be explored with scuba gear.

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