Wednesday 3 November 2010

New TGO: Scotland book, Through the Cascades on the Pacific Northwest Trail & Petzl rechargeable battery review

The latest issue of TGO – December 2010 - has just been published. There’s an illustrated excerpt on the Cairngorms from my new Scotland book with an introduction about how I came to be so involved with the Scottish mountains and what writing the book involved. My Backpacking Column covers the Cascade Mountains section of my Pacific Northwest Trail walk. Since my return from the trail I’ve begun gear testing again and this issue has my first post-walk review, covering Petzl’s innovative Core USB rechargeable battery and programmable headlamp.

Elsewhere in gear John Manning looks at 13 insulated hats – a good topic for the time of year and which reminded me to look out my Lowe Mountain Cap, Judy Armstrong reviews 15 pairs of waterproof overtrousers, Cameron McNeish praises Vaude’s ultralight Power Lizard tent and Eddy Meechan is taken with Terra Nova’s ultralight Cuben Fiber Ultra 20 pack.

Also in this issue Vivienne Crow looks at how repairs to the Lakeland fells are progressing a year after the 2009 floods, Cameron McNeish praises smaller hills, Emily Rodway meets walking artist Hamish Fulton, Dan Bailey explores the landscape between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, Stephen Venables follows in the footsteps of the great mountain explorer Eric Shipton, Carey Davies meets the mountain measuring men of G&J Surveys and Jim Perrin celebrates Cwm Pennant. There’s a reader survey too so you can tell the editors what you think of the magazine.

Photo info: Mount Baker in the North Cascades during the only 12 hours of sunny weather I had in ten days.. Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF-S 18-55 IS@55mm, 1/250 @ f8, ISO 200, raw file converted to JPEG in Lightroom 3.


  1. Your book is a major work of scholarship. The writing is clear and concise. You must have one heck of a library.

  2. Thanks John. My library grew a great deal during work on the book!

  3. Just got the Scotland book Chris. You must be so pleased with it because i am and i am only reading it.
    Fantastic, all of it. Well done.
    You picked the right type of cover too.

  4. hello Chris.., I havent read your book as of yet but i hear excellent things about it, is there anyway i can buy the book from yourself so as i can ask you to autograph it for me please ? thankyou kindly whatever your desision is....

  5. Hi darksky, I'm afraid I don't have any copies myself so I can't at present sell you one. Where are you based?

  6. Hello again Chris..,Im based in Eccles, manchester, sorry i have only just got back to your previous post to me, but with one thing and another you know how it is !