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Posts from ‘March, 2013’

FOUR SEASONS: IN PRAISE OF TURNING BACK

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 30 March 2013 BEAUMONT bottles it again,” quipped a colleague earlier this month, on hearing the news that professional adventurer Mark Beaumont had decided to abandon his latest project – an attempt to climb Patagonia’s highest peak, the 4,000m-plus Cerro San Valentin. The Scot decided to take his team home because […]

RED BULL HILL CHASERS COMES TO EDINBURGH

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 March 2013 IF A MOUNTAIN biker, a road biker, a trials biker and a BMX-er raced each other up a steep, cobbled street over a distance of 170 metres, who would win? It might sound like a hypothetical question – or the start of a really geeky cycling joke – […]

FOUR SEASONS: WILD LAND CONTROVERSY IN UTAH’S WASATCH MOUNTAINS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 March 2013 “ONE guy called me a whore,” says Ted Wilson. “I was in a movie line one night with my wife, and this guy saw me and came over and said ‘You, my friend, you are a whore.’” I nearly choke on my coffee. Polite and softly-spoken, Wilson isn’t […]

FOUR SEASONS: CONSIDER SCOTLAND’S EXTREME SKIING PIONEERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 March 2013 TODAY and tomorrow, weather and snow conditions permitting, Glencoe Mountain ski resort will play host to the second edition of the Coe Cup freeride contest – a no-holds-barred carnival of extreme skiing and snowboarding held on the notoriously steep section of the mountain known as the Flypaper. Like […]

FOUR SEASONS: MEMORY MAPPING THE ISLE OF SKYE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 March 2013 THE bumblebee tree; Macleod’s Tables; McSomething’s Cave; scrubby clearing; wild iris patch; Huge Supermarket… These are just a few of the landmarks and landforms that feature in J Maizlish Mole’s witty new maps of the Isle of Skye. Other highlights include “boggy slopes”, “wet and lumpy high ground” […]

FOUR SEASONS: BEEB SUFFERS LOGIC FAIL IN MOUNTAIN ACCESS ‘DEBATE’

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 March 2013 THE winter of 2012/13 has been a tragic one for the Scottish mountaineering community. At time of going to press there have been ten fatalities. On 13 January, a climber was killed in a fall in Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorms; on 19 January, four climbers died […]