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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

BOOK REVIEW: 1912, BY CHRIS TURNEY

Published: Scotland on Sunday, 16 September 2012 1912: The Year The World Discovered Antarctica By Chris Turney Bodley Head, £20 ‘THE South Pole discovered.” That was the headline on the London Daily Chronicle’s exclusive report on Roald Amundsen’s arrival at the South Pole in 1912, and, according to earth scientist Chris Turney, it sums up […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE NATURAL EXPLORER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 31 March 2012 The Natural Explorer By Tristan Gooley Sceptre, 368pp, £16.99 ACCORDING to Tristan Gooley, the explorer must do two things: make discoveries and communicate these discoveries to others. It sounds simple enough, but the problem nowadays is that unless you’re a super-rich Hollywood movie director like James Cameron, able […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE COMEDY AND THE TRAGEDY OF CAPTAIN SCOTT

Published: The Scotsman (STMag) 21 January 2012 THE line between tragedy and comedy can sometimes be a fine one, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to discussing the fate of Sir Robert Falcon Scott, aka Scott of the Antarctic aka Old Mooney (nope, I’m not making that last bit up – it’s what […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE BEST EXPLORATION BOOKS OF 2011

Published: The Scotsman (Books) 10 December 2011 INEVITABLY perhaps, given that the winter of 2011/12 marks the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole, it’s been a busy year for books about polar exploration. We didn’t just get re-releases of existing material in fancy new dust jackets either but at least […]

BOOK REVIEW: ON EXTINCTION

Published: Scotland on Sunday, 9 October 2011 ON EXTINCTION Melanie Challenger Granta, £20 A TREND seems to have developed over the last few years for well-meaning literary types concerned about climate change to travel to the Arctic or Antarctica to get a good look at all that portentous melting ice, with the intention of writing […]

FOUR SEASONS: SCOTS OF THE ANTARCTIC

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 March 2011 ALMOST Almost exactly 100 years ago today, Captain Robert Falcon Scott was having ventilation issues. Camped out in Discovery Hut on Ross Island with his men, preparing to hunker down through the dark days of the Antarctic winter before making his doomed dash to the South Pole, the […]

BOOK REVIEW: IN SHACKLETON’S FOOTSTEPS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 February 2011 IN SHACKLETON’S FOOTSTEPS BY HENRY WORSLEY Virgin Books, 260pp, £18.99 UNSURPRISINGLY perhaps, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17 is Sir Ernest Shackleton’s most famous adventure. It’s so packed full of nail-biting drama and iconic imagery – from the moment his ship, Endurance, becomes trapped in the ice of […]