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Posts from ‘January, 2011’

FOUR SEASONS: THE HAUNTING OF BEN MACDUI

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 January 2011 ALL the best mountains have legends attached to them, and the Brocken, the highest peak of the Herz range in northern Germany, is more myth-steeped than most. For centuries, it has been said to be a gathering place for witches and devils – a theme picked up on […]

FOUR SEASONS: FOLLOW DAS BUNNY

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 January 2011 THE hills around Salzburg may be alive with the sound of music, but a couple of hours to the east, in the beautiful Enns Valley, the hills are alive with mountain hares. You rarely see these pretty little critters in winter, thanks to their cunning use of camouflage […]

WELCOME TO “SKI TOWN USA”

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 January 2011 MORE than any other ski destination I’ve visited in North America, Steamboat Springs in Colorado feels like an actual town – not simply a cluster of high-end accommodation and identikit eateries dumped at the bottom of a mountain. That in itself should be reason enough to visit, but […]

FOUR SEASONS: AVALANCHE SAFETY 101

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 January 2011 IT’S every winter mountaineer’s worst nightmare. One minute you’re having the time of your life, high on adrenaline and playing in the mountains you love, the next you hear a loud rumble behind you and you’re swept off your feet by a ferocious torrent of snow and ice. […]

FOUR SEASONS: TAKE ME TO THE SPANDEX SECTION!

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 January 2011 I NEVER thought I’d hear myself say this, but I think I might be falling in love with cross-country skiing. To anyone outside the snow-sliding world, this probably won’t sound like much of a big deal, but believe me, it’s massive. Earth-shattering. It’s the equivalent of a lifelong […]

FOUR SEASONS: NOCTURNAL SLIDING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 1 January 2011 WINTER eh? As a Standard Grade French student might have it, there are les avantages et les inconvénients. Les avantages: loads of snow, particularly this year. Les inconvénients: not much daylight to enjoy it in. The answer? Well, if you’re feeling a wee bit Silence of the Lambs, […]