Tuesday 18 October 2011

Latest TGO - Wildlife, Active Shell, Lightening Your Load & Protecting Electronics

The November issue of TGO, in the shops now, has a review by me of protective cases for electronic devices. Having just returned from a very wet trip, of which more in a future post, I can say that such cases are definitely useful! Also in this issue I describe the new Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric and review two of the first jackets using it, from Berghaus and Haglofs, while in the Hill Skills section I give some tips on lightening the weight of your pack. Away from gear and techniques my backpacking column is about encounters with wildlife.

Elsewhere Ed Byrne tries going barefoot, something that I do every so often for short distances; Cameron McNeish looks at the wind power debate and wonders if a reduction in subsidies might make on-short wind farms unnattractive to energy companies (we can hope) and also explores Glen Feshie in the Cairngorms and its surrounding hills; Emily Rodway canoes down the River Spey then walks back along the Speyside Way; Nathan Skinner meets Gavin Pretor-Pinney to discuss cloud-spotting; Ronald Turnbull wanders round the head of Upper Eskdale in the Lake District; Jim Perrin writes about Mark Cocker's book Birders (and persuades me I must read it); Stephen Venables leads a trek along the toughest section of the Great Himalaya Trail; Andrew McCloy looks at the Walkers are Welcome initiative; Kevin Walker gives some useful advice on following compass bearings and John Manning tests some hydration packs.


  1. Given shelter and a supply of food, I could just mooch around Glen Feshie for days on end and still never be ready to leave.

    It's not the only place like that, but it's certainly one of 'em.

  2. Active Shell if weight is a major factor. Neoshell if you want more design features and a more substantial garment.