Tuesday, 4 May 2010
The June issue of TGO magazine is just out. My backpacking column is about the pleasures of forest backpacking while in the Wild Walks section I describe one of my favourite walks – across the Cairngorm Plateau to Ben Macdui. In gear there’s my review of fifteen pairs of zip-off trousers. I need a new pair of these but wasn’t impressed with any of those tested so I’m still looking. The other big review is by Judy Armstrong, who tests women’s trail shoes and finds several pairs to like.
Elsewhere in gear John Manning has a very useful look at bug protection, including clothing, treatment for gear and repellents, just in time for the midge season, which will be starting all too soon.
The rest of the issue includes an entertaining interview by Emily Rodway with the unusual Laurence Main, described as a walker, guidebook writer, dowser and druid; Andy Stothert considering which is the best walk in the world, which in his case must be one in the Lake District and more specifically the upper reaches of Eskdale and Lingcove Beck (now that really is narrowing it down – the whole world to a tiny corner of Cumbria); John Gillham being impressed by some of Snowdonia’s lower peaks; Ann Luck trekking in the Himalaya on the 2009 TGO Readers’ Trek; David Gray on Suilven, and Adrian Hendroff on the Irish hills.
Photo info: Ed Huesers in the forested foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Canon EOS 350D, Canon 18-55 at 20mm, 1/80@f8, ISO 100, raw files converted to JPEG in Lightroom 2.7.