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PRICELESS OLD JUNK FROM THE MOUNTAINS: MICK TIGHE INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 May 2013 IN A STONE-BUILT barn beside his house near Fort William, Royal Marine turned mountain guide Mick Tighe is showing me around his vast collection of mountaineering memorabilia. “Old junk,” the no-nonsense 63-year-old calls it in his clipped Derbyshire accent but, really, it’s anything but. Stacks of neatly labelled […]

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 […]

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: EXUENT PADDLING A KAYAK

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 20 October 2012 SIMON Willis’s book, The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, gives me what I call the risk versus reward shivers. It’s the feeling I get when I see a picture of a surfer riding a giant, perfect wave, or of a skier about to leap off a cornice into a […]

FOUR SEASONS: TISO TURNS 50

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 September 2012 CHRIS Tiso is showing me the edited highlights of the Tiso family scrapbook. There’s a black-and-white shot of his dad, Graham, standing outside his first outdoors gear store on Edinburgh’s Rodney Street in the 1960s, rocking an outrageous pair of stripy bell-bottoms. There’s also a series of colour […]

PERSONAL BEST: DR ANDREW MURRAY INTERVIEW

Published: The Scotsman (features) 12 May DR ANDREW Murray has been working for the Scottish Government for less than four months, but already the GP and feted long-distance runner is shaping up to be an accomplished politician. In his new role as Scotland’s physical activity champion, Murray has been tasked with increasing fitness levels in […]

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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: ANDY BENNETTS INTERVIEW PART TWO

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 15 October 2011 WELCOME to the second instalment of a two-part special on the life and times of Scottish surfing pioneer Andy Bennetts. If you tuned in last week, you’ll remember that Part One dealt mostly with the discoveries Bennetts and his friends made in south-east Scotland in the late 1960s, […]

FOUR SEASONS: ANDY BENNETTS INTERVIEW PART ONE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 October 2011 THERE’S something strangely timeless about the picture below, showing five friends about to go surfing at Pease Bay in the Scottish Borders. The easy smiles, the casual, cod-heroic poses − in many respects it could have been taken yesterday. Experienced surfers, though, will quickly pick out the details […]

FOUR SEASONS: DEFINITELY NOT A MIRACLE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 1 October 2011 I’M NOT religious,” Karina Hollekim tells me, “but I do believe in the power of the human brain. It’s amazing what your body is capable of doing – as long as you tell it that it’s going to be capable of doing it.” In her career as a […]