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Posts from ‘October, 2009’

FOUR SEASONS: WHY KEVIN SHIELDS ROCKS

Published: The Scotsman, 31 October One of the most compelling films at this year’s Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival was Single Handed, directed by Paul Diffley and starring top Scottish climber Kevin Shields. Not only has the 31-year-old completed some of the most difficult ascents in the UK, he has done so without ropes, massively increasing […]

THE FALL AND RISE OF KAREN DARKE

Published: The Scotsman, 27 October IT’S hard to know how to begin an interview with Karen Darke, which of her many incredible exploits to ask about first. In the past decade this Inverness-based explorer has kayaked to the remote San Rafael Glacier in Patagonia, handcycled the length of the Japanese archipelago and scaled the face […]

FOUR SEASONS: KILLING TIME ON TIREE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 October To the Inner Hebrides last week to catch the tail end of the Tiree Wave Classic – Scotland’s premier windsurfing event. Note to self: next year, take more time off work so you can be there for the whole thing. The Classic has a ten-day waiting period to enable […]

ARTISTS TAKE OVER CAIRNGORM

Published: The Scotsman, 22 October SKI resorts don’t usually offer much for the art lover – they tend to be functional, bland-looking places designed to make the process of getting up and down snow-covered hills as quick and as painless as possible. At Cairngorm Mountain near Aviemore, however, things are a little different. For the […]

FOUR SEASONS: BEN LAWERS DREAMIN’

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 October The ultimate achievement in mountaineering is bagging a first ascent – being the first person to complete a climb. In skiing and snowboarding, the equivalent badge of honour is a first descent – sliding down something scary-looking before anyone else can summon up the courage. But I’ve been wondering: […]

MULLEN IS MASTER OF THE WAVES AT TIREE

Published: The Scotsman, 17 October IRELAND’S Timo Mullen was crowned 2009 Tiree Wave Classic champion last night, picking up GBP 1,500 in prize money and a distinctively Scottish trophy: a five-foot long replica claymore. England’s John Skye, the world No5 finished second, with Germany’s Danny Bruch in third and another English sailor, Jack Hunt, in […]

THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: PADDLING TO THE FAROES

Published: The Scotsman, 14 October JUST after midnight on 3 July, kayakers Patrick Winterton and Mick Berwick were entering the final stages of an epic 95-hour, 410km paddle from Stornoway to the Faroe Islands when they realised they had strayed into the path of a trawler. “It was one of these pair trawlers,” says Winterton. […]

IN PEAK CONDITION: EMFF PREVIEW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 October When model Katie-Jane Cooper met French adventurer Tarka L’Herpiniere in Chamonix in 2005, they had practically nothing in common. She was “doing her best to ski down a blue run” while he was skiing up, towing his mother. He thought she wore too much make-up; she thought he was […]

FOUR SEASONS: ANYONE FOR GULMARG?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 October 2009 When it comes to checking my e-mail, I’m like Pavlov’s dog. Not in the sense that I salivate uncontrollably every time a new message drops into my inbox – that would mean wearing a bib to work. It’s just that e-mails from certain people provoke in me what […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE MAGNETIC NORTH

Published: Scotland on Sunday, 4 October 2009 THE MAGNETIC NORTH – NOTES FROM THE ARCTIC CIRCLE Sara Wheeler Jonathan Cape, GBP 20 THERE’S a strange sense of unease running through this latest travelogue from Sara Wheeler – a tension between the author’s evident desire to draw attention to the potentially calamitous effects of man-made climate […]