Saturday 10 March 2012

April TGO: GPS, Altimeter & Waterproof Reviews, Camping in Stormy Weather, Cloud Inversions & A Competition for My 'Scotland' Book

View Over A Cloud Inversion To The Mamores From Ben Nevis

The April issue of TGO is out now. I seem to have a great deal in it! In the Gear section my main review is of 8 GPS units. There's also a review of the Suunto Core altimeter watch while in the Almanac section I have a First Look at the ultralight Montane Minimus waterproof jacket. My Hill Skills piece is on camping in stormy weather, something I've been able to practice rather too often in recent months, while my Backpacking Column is on cloud inversions and other cloud and mist magical phenomena, something I've not experienced enough of recently with the cloud staying firmly clamped on the summits. Finally there's a competition to win a signed copy of my Scotland book. 

There's plenty more in the magazine of course, including Ronald Turnbull on the attractions of Cumbria outside of the Lake District; Ed Byrne trying ski mountaineering on Ben Lawers; Andrew Mazibrada hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc; Cameron McNeish climbing two marvellous Munros: Beinn Liath Mhor and Sgor Ruadh; a photo essay by Adrian Hendroff on Celtic Twilights with some lovely rich light; Carey Davies visiting the Tan Hill Inn (and doing some walking in the Pennines); Andrew Galloway bothying below Arenig Fawr and contemplating this less visited peak; Jim Perrin praising Eric Shipton's Nanda Devi; Kevin Walker suggesting some navigation games; questions answered on drinking water from streams and lakes and personal locator beacons; Chris Fenn's advice on planning meals for hillwalking; John Manning's review of 16 30-litre daypacks and Tristan Gooley on becoming a "natural explorer" (I'm reading his book of that title at present - review to come).


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