Saturday 2 July 2011

Latest TGO: Stoves, Stealth Camping, National Parks and More

The August issue of TGO is out now. My contributions are a review of cooking systems, including the new Jetboil Sol and the Boilerwerks Backcountry Boiler; a test report on the Sea to Summit Micro II sleeping bag; a Hill Skills piece on How to Pitch a Tent (simple for some but I frequently see badly pitched tents); a backpacking column on stealth camping and a short piece on a favourite but little known spot in the Cairngorms National Park. The last is part of a feature covering favourite spots in every UK national park.

Elsewhere in the gear section John Manning reviews base layers and Cameron McNeish is very impressed with Mountain Hardwear’s new waterproof/breathable Dry Q fabric. Amongst the mass of other stuff in the new style magazine (I’m not yet used to the extra pages and larger size) Ed Byrne goes for an unusual walk with Cameron McNeish in the Monadh Liath (in which feature I’ve learned that something I’ve been doing for years and taking for granted is a skill and has a fancy name); Carey Davis visits the wonderful mountain world of arctic Norway and Dan Bailey enjoys the equally wonderful mountain world of the Fisherfield Six in the Northwest Highlands; Jim Perrin begins his series on outdoor literary classics with Alastair Borthwick’s superb Always A Little Further and Carey Davies talks to Geoff Monk of the Mountain Weather Information Service.

The picture shows a stealth camp in the Eastern Cairngorms.


  1. Beautiful photo of a stealth camp here, Chris. That really does look nice. Off the beaten track.
    The TGO mag is very good, and I enjoyed your sections.
    Take care,
    Best wishes

  2. i had a night in a horses paddock once, and a "wildcamp" about 500m north of sizewell powerstation.
    neither were as bad as they sound!!.

  3. The Backcountry Boiler in print! Awesome! Is there a way for me to get a PDF of the relevant pages?

  4. Devin, the editor ought to be able to supply one or put you in touch with whoever can -