|A bitterly cold late December camp in the Northwest Highlands|
Elsewhere in this issue I was delighted to read an entertaining piece by Ian R. Mitchell, author of the excellent Scotland's Mountains Before the Mountaineers and On the Trail of Queen Victoria in the Highlands, on the mountains of Utah, which includes an account of the highest summit, King's Peak, which I climbed many years ago. This feature is a taster for a new book by Ian R.Mitchell, Encounters in the Mountain West: A Sinner amongst the Latter Day Saints, due out later this month. I've ordered my copy!
The Utah piece is part of a general theme of autumn of which the main feature is about the season in the Lake District with Andy Stothert singing the praises of the Coniston area plus a selection of suggested places to see autumn colours. There's also a short piece on the spectacualr colours of Glen Affric, which I can vouch for having just returned from there, though the colours are not yet as deep and bright as they will be in coming weeks.
Also in the November TGO Cat Scully goes pony trekking and walking in the Brecon Beacons; Cameron McNeish has an unusual walk up Schiehallion with druid Lawrence Main who says it is one of the world's holy hills and was visited by Jesus Christ; Roger Smith makes a strong statement about wind farms and wild land; Jim Perrin praises the writing of Thoreau and recommends The Maine Woods and The Journal 1837-1861 (another book to read!); John Manning reviews seventeen pairs of waterproof trousers; and Kate Ashbrook, President of the Ramblers, argues for the importance of maintaining investment in paths and trails.
Finally, there's a reminder of the TGO Awards reader categories. Voting is open until October 20th on the TGO website.