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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 – […]

RESURRECTING MALLORY

Published: The Scotsman, 3 January 2013 YOU don’t hear of many plays about explorers. The dramatic stories of people like Scott, Shackleton, Livingstone and Stanley have inspired countless books and stacks of films, but they rarely turn up at your local theatre, reimagined for Generation Xbox by a hip young playwright. Partly, this is to […]

SCOTLAND’S FIRST SKI HILL TURNS 60

Published: The Scotsman, 2 January 2013 IN THE winter of 1952/3, members of the Scottish Ski Club were given a glimpse into the future when the latest edition of the Scottish Ski Club Journal flopped onto their doormats. In contrast to the Alps, where commercial ski areas with permanent tows were well established, skiing in […]

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 […]

ROAD TEST: AUTOMATIC FOR THE SKI POLE

Published: The Scotsman (Motoring) 9 March 2012 “OH NO! It’s an automatic!” My first reaction on hopping behind the wheel of the new KIA Sportage 4×4 wasn’t exactly positive. I’d been looking forward to the drive from Edinburgh to the Nevis Range ski centre all week – particularly the prospect of ficking through the gears […]

ROUTE ONE: DAVE MACLEOD INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman, 16 February 2012 IT’S been described as “the most impressive rock climb ever done in Britain” and an athletic achievement on a par with running the first four-minute mile, but Dave MacLeod’s conquest of the Longhope Direct route on St John’s Head, a remote sea cliff on Orkney, began with a deeply […]

A VERY SPECIAL BIRTHDAY: CAIRNGORM MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT TURNS 50

Published: The Scotsman, 20 December 2011 STANDING in the Coire Cas car park at Cairn Gorm Mountain on a busy winter’s morning, it’s hard to imagine what the place must have been like before it became a ski resort. Drag lifts clank and hum, waves of skiers and snowboarders hurtle down the pistes, and at […]

HEROIC ACTS ON THE FRINGE

Published: The Scotsman (Festival supplement) 16 August 2011 ON 16 MARCH 1912, Captain Oates sallied forth into the teeth of an Antarctic blizzard with the immortal words: “I am just going outside and may be some time,” deliberately ending his own life in the hope that his three freezing, starving companions might stand a better […]

SCOTLAND: A BACKCOUNTRY GUIDE

Published: The Scotsman (Sporting Scotland Supplement) 27 December 2010 IN THE spring of 2009, skiing in Scotland seemed to be on the verge of extinction. A succession of mild winters had seen the number of skiable days per year decline alarmingly, even at the highest resorts, while the advent of budget airlines made foreign ski […]