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Posts from ‘February, 2011’

FOUR SEASONS: THE INSTINCTIVE HIGHLANDER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 February 2011 THE Volcom hoodie, the peaked Billabong beanie, the artfully sagged jeans… at first glance, extreme skier Jamie Johnston looks… well… much as you’d expect an extreme skier to look while off-duty. When I first met him at an Edinburgh cafe the other week I was half-expecting to be […]

INSPIRED CYCLIST: DANNY MACASKILL INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman, 23 February 2011 FEW people embody the lack of crossover that still exists between old and new media quite like 25-year-old stunt bike rider Danny MacAskill. For internet-savvy twenty and thirtysomethings who regularly trade YouTube clips with friends and work colleagues, he’s a household name. A five-and-a-half-minute film of him performing unbelievable […]

FOUR SEASONS: SPOILED BY AN AMBASSADOR

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 February 2011 UP UNTIL a couple of weeks ago, I used to think I knew Cairn Gorm reasonably well. I’d swished around in soft corn snow in the Gunbarrel on warm, sunny days in spring. I’d moseyed up to the weather station on the summit in the middle of winter […]

BOOK REVIEW: IN SHACKLETON’S FOOTSTEPS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 February 2011 IN SHACKLETON’S FOOTSTEPS BY HENRY WORSLEY Virgin Books, 260pp, £18.99 UNSURPRISINGLY perhaps, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 is Sir Ernest Shackleton’s most famous adventure. It’s so packed full of nail-biting drama and iconic imagery – from the moment his ship, Endurance, becomes trapped in the ice of […]

FOUR SEASONS: JEDI GOGGLES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 February 2011 YOU can’t ski what you can’t see.” Really? I’ve always had a bit of a problem with that chirpy little saying. I’m not sure where it originated, but I suspect it was probably somewhere like Utah or Colorado where seldom is hurrrd, a discuuurigin’ wurrrd and the skies […]

FOUR SEASONS: IN DEFENCE OF INDOOR CLIMBING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 February 2011 IS OUTDOOR climbing in Scotland in danger of being wiped out by its indoor offspring? It seems unlikely in a country with such a rich mountaineering heritage, but a couple of winters ago, in an interview with Scotland on Sunday, the then vice-president of the Mountaineering Council of […]