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FOCUS spring 2024



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Your new editor Hello from Alex Roddie
Chairman ’ s Message rallying cry
Stan Abbott gives a
The Wrong Mountain Norman Hadley plucks a gem of a day from the embers of the year
A Look at Substack Ronald Turnbull finds a new way for writers to not earn any money
Big Weekend 2024 Kevin Sene looks at what ’ s in store
What Makes a Great Photographer ? Ronald Turnbull on the images of James Rushforth
Book Reviews Roly Smith reviews four of the latest outdoor books
The Wild Food Cabinet Andy Hamilton on foraging – and the freedom of nature
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The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild is the only UK-based association of media professionals working largely or entirely on outdoor subjects . Our members cover every field of activity and all corners of the globe . They include writers , journalists , filmmakers , photographers , publishers and editors , all with a passionate interest in the outdoors . For more information visit www . owpg . org . uk .
All images and text copyright the authors . Unauthorised use and / or duplication of this material without express and written permission is strictly prohibited .
If you ’ d like to contribute to the next edition of Outdoor Focus please send an email with your article idea to alex @ alexroddie . com . The copy deadline is May the 1st .
Editing / design Alex Roddie ISSN 2043-8591 print ISSN 2043-8605 online
Hello from Alex Roddie

Hello ! You might have noticed a few subtle design changes in this issue of Outdoor Focus , and that ' s because this is my first issue . I ' d like to thank David Taylor , the outgoing editor , for helping ease me into the role .

For those of you who don ' t know me , I ' ve been a Guild member for five years and have been working as a professional outdoor writer and editor for ten years . I ' m editor of Sidetracked magazine and a regular contributor to TGO , where I review gear and contribute Wild Walks , skills pieces , and features . I write books , too : The Farthest Shore ( Vertebrate Publishing , 2021 ), as well as a series of coffee-table books on long-distance hiking with German publisher gestalten . I write science fiction in any spare time not spent up a hill . I ' m also a passionate photographer , mainly in 35mm film – although I also shoot digital for some work projects .
I look forward to serving as the new editor of Outdoor Focus , and if you have an idea for a story , my inbox is always open .
outdoor focus / spring 2024
Cover Beinn Alligin / Alex Roddie
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