As the land begins to glisten and turn white with the changing season, our natural inclination is to slink into hibernation. This volume encourages the embrace of these natural rhythms – the slowing down and savouring of moments – but without retreating from our intrinsic relationship with the natural world. We wrap up warm and head outdoors to discover stories of passion and perseverance; we look to understand how scenes of snow-laden peaks and majestic mountains have long inspired explorers and artists, how living in challenging terrain can incite considered ways of living, and how pushing past our comfort zones can open up unbounded adventure.

This volume is inspired by those who, in the chilly fold of winter, have found creativity, innovation and respect for nature; it unearths the personal narratives of those who have carved out their own path and pedalled against convention to do something meaningful, from a spirited entrepreneur changing the face of the British wool industry, to a talented craftsman keeping old woodworking processes alive through his love for the mountains and passion for fine woodworking, to an artist and cartographer who believes that the pencil and paintbrush remain the best tools to produce effective and experiential maps.

For each of us the wintertime presents a unique experience, but largely we can all relate to those special moments it brings: the warming reward of returning home after time spent outdoors; the heat of an open fire shared in good company with hearty foods; an appreciation for the season's natural phenomena, whether that be delicate snowflakes idly falling from white-filled skies or fierce storms lashing the landscape.

Volume Six

The Winter Volume

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As the land begins to glisten and turn white with the changing season, our natural inclination is to slink into hibernation. This volume encourages the embrace of these natural rhythms – the slowing down and savouring of moments but without retreating from our intrinsic relationship with the natural world. We wrap up warm and head outdoors to discover stories of passion and perseverance; we look to understand how scenes of snow-laden peaks and majestic mountains have long inspired explorers and artists, how living in challenging terrain can incite considered ways of living, and how pushing past our comfort zones can open up unbounded adventure.

This volume is inspired by those who, in the chilly fold of winter, have found creativity, innovation and respect for nature; it unearths the personal narratives of those who have carved out their own path and pedalled against convention to do something meaningful, from a spirited entrepreneur changing the face of the British wool industry, to a talented craftsman keeping old woodworking processes alive through his love for the mountains and passion for fine woodworking, to an artist and cartographer who believes that the pencil and paintbrush remain the best tools to produce effective and experiential maps.

Shaped with Soul

Amidst the untamed, wild mountains of the French Alps lies the workshop of Peter Steltzner, a talented craftsman creating wooden skis who has combined his love of the mountains with his unfaltering fascination for fine woodworking.

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Mapping the Mountains

Colorado-based ski map artist Jim Niehues is often asked if he considers himself a cartographer or an artist. In this article he discusses the roles of both cartography and artistry in his map-making practice, and shares his journey within this highly specialised field.

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Pioneers in Agriculture

The story of the Icelandic greenhouses has always been one of innovation. Shortly after geothermal energy had been harnesses to heat interiors in 1924, a group of mavericks began experimenting with the cultivation of crops and plants and took to heating greenhouses to produce fresh, sustainable produce for Icelanders.

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Exploring the Cold

Staying motivated through the colder months can sometimes prove difficult. Yet, keeping active and staying in tune with nature can be great for our health and well-being. Four experienced cold-weather adventurers discuss their relationships with nature in trying conditions.

Foraging the Forgotten

As the colder months set in we often crave hearty, seasonal foods enjoyed in good company. Wild foodie and ecologist Caroline Davey takes us on a journey to understand how foraging fresh wild edibles can spice up our meals, rekindle relationships with forgotten foods, and reconnect us with nature.

Leading the Flock

Ethical entrepreneur Isobel Davies has put animal welfare at the core of her clothing brand, Izzy Lane. Motivated by bad practices found within the fashion industry, she wants to inspire people to make considered purchasing decisions, and has developed a business model that has involved adopting 500 rare-breed sheep.