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Posts from ‘April, 2011’

FOUR SEASONS: EDINBURGH BIKE SAFARI

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 30 April 2011 CYCLING down Dundas Street in Edinburgh is not for the fainthearted. Seriously. I’ve felt safer on avalanche-prone mountainsides in the Alps. Cars flash past, inches from your right elbow, doing the speed limit and then some, while double-decker buses rumble menacingly into your peripheral vision, just waiting for […]

FOUR SEASONS: GET IT WHILE YOU CAN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 April 2011 BY THE freakishly hot weekend of 9 and 10 April this year, the Scottish ski season appeared to be over. After a prolonged thaw, the resorts at Glencoe, Glenshee, The Lecht and Nevis Range were all closed due to lack of snow. Only Cairngorm remained open, and even […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING OR SNOOKER?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 April 2011 YOUNG surfers of today: You have no idea how lucky you are. Yes, I know, I sound like a grumpy old man, but I speak the truth. Back in the lo-fi 1990s, when I was a surf-mad teenager, there was no world wide web. Well, not in any […]

FOUR SEASONS: A TRUE PIONEER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 April 2011 SKI mountaineers these days don’t know they’ve been born. All that lovely lightweight kit, all those breathable, waterproof fabrics, all those labour-and-sometimes-life-saving devices like GPS widgets and avalanche transceivers… skiing through a snowy landscape in the 21st century could hardly be easier if you hitched a ride behind […]

FOUR SEASONS: NUMB ON THE NORTH SHORE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 April 2011 IT’S no secret that the north coast of Scotland is home to some world-class surf spots. Every April since 2006, the best waveriders on the planet have congregated in Thurso – an unlikely surf town if ever there was one – to take part in the Coldwater Classic, […]