My first thoughts
I'm missing the old version, it seemed less gimmicky, a bit more "authentic". It does looks like something Bauer would produce to be fair and I guess the new owners are gunning for the Trail readership. It certainly is becoming more like Trail inside, with all those "how to do" mini-features. It feels confused to be fair and I'm not entirely sure I'm happy that my new 2 year subscription started with the first new issue...When I think back to the quality of the stuff that went in the previous months, it makes me feel a bit sad.
A good thing is Perrin new column, let the guy talk about books and he is quite good as well as providing ideas for intriguing reader material.
Otherwise, that article about hiking and biking in the Lakes...Jesus, I'm sure the chap who wrote it is a nice lad and his fiancee a splendid lass, but I felt like I was reading something in a posh countryside mag for people who never really been in the Lakes nor went for a hike and had to be told everything. I have no idea what an article like that does in TGO...
I think the editorial team need to think carefully about what steps to take next, if its Trail Mk2 they are after, I can feel a lot of regular TGO readers won't be too happy....or maybe it's just me...
I can't believe i'm agreeing with MS.
Not sure I like the slightly dumbed down feel. The reason I stopped buying Trail was all the how to stuff repeated ad nauseum, as well as the rather breathless writing style pitched at teenagers. Maybe I just got too old for it. I would hate to see TGO go the same way.
Still, there are some good bits, like the Norway piece, and the feature on Fisherfield. I like Ed Byrne, and Carey Davis seems a good writer. The water photos were good too, but if the Lake District walk and bike article was a taste of the future, then I will be very disappointed.
TGO before change of ownerships came up with some really good variations, no more so than the article about Mark Thomas and Palestine.
Indeed, I have to say I'm disappointed with the new Trail-like look and apparent dumbing down of content. TGO has always been a better produced mag, with content aimed at improving skills that was sensible (The Glenmore Lodge stuff) and interesting articles and columns (like the Mark Thomas article). I have actually found some good books via TGO.
Trail on the other hand does seem to be aimed at the "cool yoof" and I haven't seen a book review in there yet... I do hope TGO doesn't keep going down that route. TGO are going to 13 issues a year now- personally I'd rather have 12 good issues than 13 that are patchy in quality and more padded with dross.
Wish I hadn't renewed my sub recently, but I'll just have to stick with it for the next 2 years and hope for the best. Hopefully they won't throw out the good stuff with the changes.
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