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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 […]

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 […]

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: 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: SKIMO COMES TO SCOTLAND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 December 2012 IN THE Alps, the sport of ski mountaineering is massive. For those in the know it is seen as the ultimate test of mountain savvy. Competitors need to be able to ski uphill as well as down, using sticky climbing skins attached to the bottom of their skis. […]

FOUR SEASONS: MOUNTAIN FILMS, COMING SOON TO A LAPTOP NEAR YOU

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 November 2012 ORSON Welles once said: “A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” What a shame that most major Hollywood studios still seem to think a massive special effects budget is some sort of substitute for artistic vision. But […]

FOUR SEASONS: FRESH TRACKS IN THE SHOPPING CENTRE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 21 July 2012 WHEN Jamie Smith took over the indoor ski slope formerly known as SNO!zone at Braehead last December, renaming it Snow Factor, his mission plan was simple: stop treating it like a corporate gimmick and start running it like a serious ski resort – a place where skiers and […]

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: FISHING 1, CLIMBING 0

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 22 October 2011 IMMEDIATELY after announcing the winner of the Best Film award at the Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival (EMFF) earlier this month, event organiser Stevie Christie felt compelled to reassure his audience that the capital’s annual celebration of extreme sports cinema was NOT about to turn into the “Edinburgh Fishing […]

FOUR SEASONS: IN DEFENCE OF INDOOR CLIMBING

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 February 2011 IS OUTDOOR climbing in Scotland in danger of being wiped out by its indoor offspring? It seems unlikely in a country with such a rich mountaineering heritage, but a couple of winters ago, in an interview with Scotland on Sunday, the then vice-president of the Mountaineering Council of […]