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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: 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: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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: TO THE MONADHLIATH MOUNTAINS WITH CHRIS TOWNSEND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 7 July 2012 IT’S a shame Donald Trump has been allowed to hijack the wind power debate in this country to such a disproportionate extent, hitting the headlines with his every pronouncement on the subject. “The Donald” certainly knows how to bend the media to his will with a quotable quote, […]

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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: A GHRU-ELLING WEEKEND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 November 2011 TWANG! My attempts to light a fire using the age-old bow-drill technique are not proving very successful. I’ve worked out how to string my bow to the requisite tension, I’ve learned how to wind my spindle onto the string, and I’ve managed to trap the spindle between the […]

FOUR SEASONS: BRING BACK WOLVES!

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 28 August 2010 THERE are lots of good reasons for studying English at the University of St Andrews: the course is consistently voted one of the best in the UK, the department is situated just across the road from a ruined medieval castle – as romantic a setting as any watery-eyed […]

FOUR SEASONS: ETHICAL GEAR PART 2

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 21 August 2010 A FEW weeks ago, Four Seasons drew attention to a controversial report on the outdoor gear industry by Ethical Consumer magazine. The gist of the report was that many of the companies who manufacture the walking boots, rucksacks, waterproofs and tents that allow millions of people to enjoy […]

FOUR SEASONS: KAYAKING THE SPEY

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 14 August 2010 WHEN I think of great river journeys, I tend to think of Huck Finn navigating the twists and turns of the Mississippi or Marlow working his way up the Congo searching for Kurtz. I’m less likely to think of dodging shopping trolleys along the Mersey or counting cranes […]