Checking the calendar of events in the latest 4x4 Action Adventure magazine, it seems the tag-along safari season's well and truly over. Good news, though, for the trials, off-road racing and winching enthusiasts whose coming months look busy. I know all the potential problems with winter safaris, but it would be great to have a few to keep non-competition types amused. After such a lousy summer, in the north at least, maybe winter's going to be dry and mild. I bet I'm not the only one who stayed away from many of the summer offerings because the idea of a day of slithering followed by a night of tenting in the rain has lost much of its allure.