Outdoor Focus Summer 2018 - Page 3

News New members Tom Fay Tom is a British writer and teacher based in Osaka, and has been living in Japan for well over a decade. Growing up in the hills of North Wales, the mountains of Snowdonia were his fi rst outdoor ‘love’, and he still returns to walk there year after year. He has since hiked and climbed in many places including Scotland, Iceland, China, South Korea, New Zealand, the Himalayas and throughout every corner of Japan. Tom writes mainly about travel and the outdoors for various media outlets, and is working on the fi rst English-language guidebook to the Japan Alps and Mt. Fuji. www.thomasfay.com Adam Redshaw Having started his love aff air with the outdoors and walking, he took up geocaching almost ten years ago. With his new-found passion he wanted to read up on the activity and learn more and sought out a magazine. With no magazine available he launched his own! This give him a way to combine his adventure with a love of photography and writing. Now he also does public speaking and is part way to getting approval as a drone operator recognised by the CAA. Adam spends a lot of time traveling around the UK blogging and vlogging about all kinds of outdoor activities. AGM Details of this year’s OWPG AGM weekend are now online: www.bit.ly/OWPG-AGM. The weekend runs from Friday 12 October to Sunday 14. Accomodation for the weekend is the Simonsbath House Hotel, Simonsbath, Minehead TA24 7SH. (tel: 01643 831259, website: www.simonsbathhouse.co.uk. Activities planned for the weekend include a brief history of gin, a tour of Simonsbath with an Exmoor National Park guide, and a Dark sky presentation with Tim Wetherell, of Exmoor Stargazers. An accomodation booking form can be downloaded via www.bit.ly/Simonsbath, the activities form using www.bit.ly/AGM-activities. www.ukcachemag.com Dorothy Unsworth (1928-2018) Just ten months after the death of OWPG past President, Walt Unsworth was announced, his widow Dorothy has also died. Although not a member of the Guild herself, it was Dorothy’s unwavering support and encouragement that enabled Walt to devote so much time to Guild business. Having met on a school bus when they were both teenagers they married, raised two children, and enjoyed a long and devoted partnership. Walt might have been the ‘front man’ who became a successful editor, author and publisher, but a large part of that success was due to Dorothy’s steady hand. She was his rock. Quiet and unassuming she was the foundation upon which Walt built his career. It was Dorothy who acted as his chauff eur, driving him to and from his walks and climbs, who kept the home together when he was away, and when she retired from teaching, it was she who ran the Cicerone offi ce in order that Walt could juggle his many other commitments. Dorothy would be at Walt’s side at outdoor trade shows and the annual London Book Show, her warmth and gentle demeanour providing a homely counterbalance to the show’s backdrop of business hype. To those of us who got to know her through Walt, Dorothy Unsworth was a loving motherly fi gure who emerged from the shadows with a welcoming smile that will not be forgotten. Words Kev Reynolds Photo Roly Smith summer 2018 | Outdoor focus 3