When TGO arrives I always like to read Cameron's editorial (View Point) first, he seems such a likeable chap, and his enthusiastic writing is a tonic in this increasingly mediocre world. This month Cameron is a bit dubious about the MCofS's code of practice suggesting that the scattering of ashes on mountain tops should be discouraged. I was a little uneasy about Cameron's point of view.
Jim's article has to be read when I'm in the mood, which wasn't until this morning. Spot on Jim, my sentiments entirely. Jim's article is about some types of recreational use destroying the countryside, and how this might be stopped.
I then reread Cameron's piece. The crux of the matter is highlighted as if to invite discussion - 'how many hillwalkers reach the top of a mountain and say: Look at that offensive patch of grass"?'
I wonder if the editorial of 4x4 Monthly has the words 'how many off roaders drive to the top of a mountain and say: "Look at that offensive patch of churned up mud"?'
Whilst it is right for the editorial of a walking magazine to question any manmade change in the landscape which will spoil our particular activity, I don't think you can condone an activity just because it doesn't affect our particular enjoyment.