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Posts from ‘December, 2012’

FOUR SEASONS: SKIMO COMES TO SCOTLAND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 December 2012 IN THE Alps, the sport of ski mountaineering is massive. For those in the know it is seen as the ultimate test of mountain savvy. Competitors need to be able to ski uphill as well as down, using sticky climbing skins attached to the bottom of their skis. […]

BOOK REVIEW: EMPIRE ANTARCTICA

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 December 2012 Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence And Emperor Penguins By Gavin Francis Chatto & Windus, 260pp, £16.99 THERE’S an odd dichotomy at the heart of this fascinating book by Edinburgh doctor Gavin Francis. On the face of it, Empire Antarctica sounds as if it’s going to be (yet) another tale […]

ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: NICK HANCOCK INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman, 19 December 2012 IT’S a grey, chilly December morning in Ratho, just outside Edinburgh, but down by the Union Canal there’s an eye-catching splash of colour. To the casual observer it seems as if a man is getting ready to launch a tiny yellow submarine, but in fact this is adventurer Nick […]

FOUR SEASONS: CAIRNGORM GETS SERIOUS ABOUT SNOWGUNS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 December 2012 IN AUGUST 2011 I used this slot to imagine a sci-fi future at CairnGorm Mountain – a future in which artificial snowmaking equipment made it possible to ski or board from the current funicular base station all the way down to Glenmore village, nearly 4km distant. This wasn’t […]

OUTDOORS BOOKS OF THE YEAR

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 December 2012 IN THE Natural Explorer, (Sceptre, £16.99) the follow-up to his acclaimed debut The Natural Navigator, published in March, Tristan Gooley draws an important distinction between explorers and adventurers – two types who have become increasingly confused in recent years, not only in the field of professional gung-ho-ism, but […]

GLENCOE GOES GLOBAL: COE CUP PREVIEW

Published: Scotland on Sunday (Scottish Ski & Board supp) 9 December 2012 THERE was a slightly surreal air to this year’s inaugural Coe Cup freeride event at Glencoe. To the uneducated eye, the sight of dozens of competitors in full ski gear hoofing their way up the mostly snow-free foothills of Meall a Bhuiridh towards […]

JUST THE TICKET: MAKING THE MOST OF SCOTLAND’S SLOPES

Published: Scotland on Sunday (Scottish Ski & Board supp) 9 December 2012 THERE’S a common misconception that the only way to get more than three or four weeks of skiing out of a single winter is to “do a season” – move to a resort town, find low-paid, temporary employment and then spend every penny […]

HALFPIPE DREAMER: BEN KILNER INTERVIEW

Published: Scotland on Sunday (Scottish Ski & Board supp) 9 December 2012 BEN Kilner is reliving his exit from the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, when he came agonisingly close to reaching the finals of the men’s halfpipe competition. “I’ve watched my run over and over again,” he says, “and as I land my second-to-last […]

FOUR SEASONS: HERE WE GO AGAIN…

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 December 2012 AS I WRITE this, the webcams at Scotland’s five ski centres are slowly turning white. It’s hard to tell how much snow has fallen – perhaps a couple of inches, perhaps a little more – but at this time of year the amount of snow doesn’t really matter. […]

AN EARLY START TO THE 12/13 SKI SEASON

Published: The Scotsman, 1 December 2012 THE ski lifts weren’t running at CairnGorm Mountain yesterday – the official opening is today – but a handful of skiers and boarders were so keen to get their first turns of the season they slogged to the top of the ski area under their own steam. By 11am, […]