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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 […]

TRAVEL STORY: NETHY BRIDGE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 2 June 2012 IN MANY ways, Aviemore makes an excellent gateway to the Cairngorms National Park. It’s easily accessible by car and by train, some of the highest peaks in the country are right on the doorstep and the town’s main drag has more outdoor gear shops than pubs. Every year, […]

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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: SCOTTISH SURFING ON THE BIG SCREEN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 October 2011 SURF films have mutated in all kinds of different directions over the years, but in the beginning they were little more than glorified slide shows – a way of replaying epic sessions both for the benefit of the people who were there and for those who weren’t. In […]

FOUR SEASONS: INTRODUCING THE EAST HIGHLAND WAY

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 July 2011 RELATIVELY speaking, Scotland is a country of modest dimensions. With a landmass of 78,772 sq km, it’s a little bit bigger than Panama, a little bit smaller than the Czech Republic. Granted, it’s no Tuvalu (just 26 sq km) but it’s not exactly Russia either (17 million sq […]

ARTS DIARY: “THAT BITCH, THE ATLANTIC OCEAN”

Published: The Scotsman, 16 June 2011 STUCK way out in the Atlantic, the uninhabited island of St Kilda is difficult to get to at the best of times, but in stormy conditions it can be downright dangerous. Nevertheless, a hardy group of artists made the attempt last week, despite howling winds and towering three-metre seas, […]

FOUR SEASONS: A TRUE PIONEER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 April 2011 SKI mountaineers these days don’t know they’ve been born. All that lovely lightweight kit, all those breathable, waterproof fabrics, all those labour-and-sometimes-life-saving devices like GPS widgets and avalanche transceivers… skiing through a snowy landscape in the 21st century could hardly be easier if you hitched a ride behind […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE INSTINCTIVE HIGHLANDER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 26 February 2011 THE Volcom hoodie, the peaked Billabong beanie, the artfully sagged jeans… at first glance, extreme skier Jamie Johnston looks… well… much as you’d expect an extreme skier to look while off-duty. When I first met him at an Edinburgh cafe the other week I was half-expecting to be […]

FOUR SEASONS: TAKE ME TO THE SPANDEX SECTION!

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 8 January 2011 I NEVER thought I’d hear myself say this, but I think I might be falling in love with cross-country skiing. To anyone outside the snow-sliding world, this probably won’t sound like much of a big deal, but believe me, it’s massive. Earth-shattering. It’s the equivalent of a lifelong […]

FOUR SEASONS: IN PRAISE OF HOMEGROWN SKI FILMS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 October 2010 THE Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival always seems able to attract a smattering of big-name guest speakers, but this year event organiser Stevie Christie is spoiling us like a chocolate-dispensing diplomat. Topping the bill for 2010, he has lined up celebrity cyclist Mark Beaumont, who will give a talk […]