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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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE NOISES SKIERS MAKE FINALLY TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 February 2013 FOR generations, naturalists and twitchers have tried their darnedest to convert birdsong into written language, but the results, to put it kindly, have been a bit mixed. The difficulties are legion, but the main sticking points were brilliantly summed up a couple of years ago in a book […]

FOUR SEASONS: A MODEST MOUNTAIN LEGEND IS HONOURED

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 February 2013 THIS month, as part of the Fort William Mountain Festival, the pioneering skier and mountaineer Myrtle Simpson will receive the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture, joining an elite group that includes Hamish MacInnes, Richard Else, Jimmy Marshall, Ian Sykes and Adam Watson. When I call Simpson […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING BY REMOTE CONTROL

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 February 2013 THESE may sound like the words of a raving masochist to any non-surfing readers out there, which I guess is probably most of you, but surfing in Scotland in the middle of winter has its advantages. The waves are bigger, the crowds are smaller and the sealife that […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE TRANSFORMATION OF A SKI TOWN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 February 2013 SINCE 2008, when it was announced that Schladming in Austria would host this year’s Alpine World Ski Championships, the town has changed almost beyond recognition. I can still remember when the chunk of prime real estate at the bottom of the downhill race course was taken up by […]

FOUR SEASONS: HIGH TIME FOR A MUSEUM OF SCOTTISH MOUNTAIN CULTURE?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 January 2013 IN THE wake of Jimmy Savile’s posthumous fall from grace – or perhaps that should be, his transition from harmless idiot to harmful predator – there has been much debate about what should happen to his holiday home in Glencoe. Since its whitewashed walls were covered in graffiti […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE ETHICS OF EXERCISE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 January 2013 A FEW months ago I interviewed the GP and ultra-marathon runner Andrew Murray, shortly after he had been appointed Scotland’s physical activity champion. His brief from the Scottish Government sounded straightforward enough – get people to exercise more – but in fact his new role saw him parachuted […]

FOUR SEASONS: DO ADVENTURES ALWAYS HAVE TO BE FOR CHARITY?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 January 2013 THIS week’s Four Seasons is going to be about the somewhat ticklish relationship between charities and adventuring, and as such it has the potential to wind up a lot of people. So, in an attempt to pre-empt at least some of the hate mail it’s destined to generate, […]

FOUR SEASONS:WHAT WOULD JOHN MUIR HAVE THOUGHT OF WINDFARMS?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 January 2013 I HAVE a bit of a problem with anniversaries. Well, a couple of problems. For a start, I’ve never really understood the apparently universal fixation with round numbers. What makes, say, the 100th anniversary of something more worthy of celebration than the 101st? Attaching special significance to multiples […]