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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 […]

ON THE UP: INTERVIEW WITH PAUL DIFFLEY

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 6 February 2010 PAUL Diffley came late to film-making – he didn’t even pick up a video camera until 2003 – but since then the Edinburgh-based climber and director has more than made up for lost time, building a serious reputation for himself on the international mountain film festival circuit. His […]

A YEN FOR THE BEN

Published: The Scotsman, 2 February 2010 IN FEBRUARY 1960, Scottish climbers Jimmy Marshall and Robin Smith made history when they completed six first ascents on Ben Nevis in seven days, also romping up the intimidating Point Five Gully in record time. Their achievements shook the climbing world, and they still resonate today. Later this month, […]

FOUR SEASONS: WHY KEVIN SHIELDS ROCKS

Published: The Scotsman, 31 October One of the most compelling films at this year’s Edinburgh Mountain Film Festival was Single Handed, directed by Paul Diffley and starring top Scottish climber Kevin Shields. Not only has the 31-year-old completed some of the most difficult ascents in the UK, he has done so without ropes, massively increasing […]

THE FALL AND RISE OF KAREN DARKE

Published: The Scotsman, 27 October IT’S hard to know how to begin an interview with Karen Darke, which of her many incredible exploits to ask about first. In the past decade this Inverness-based explorer has kayaked to the remote San Rafael Glacier in Patagonia, handcycled the length of the Japanese archipelago and scaled the face […]

IN PEAK CONDITION: EMFF PREVIEW

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 October When model Katie-Jane Cooper met French adventurer Tarka L’Herpiniere in Chamonix in 2005, they had practically nothing in common. She was “doing her best to ski down a blue run” while he was skiing up, towing his mother. He thought she wore too much make-up; she thought he was […]

Interview: Timmy O’Neill

Published: The Scotsman (Critique) 12 September 2009 FOR once in his life, the hyperactive American climber and comedian Timmy O’Neill isn’t in the mood for cracking jokes. “Something really traumatic happened to me recently so I’m in a bit of a strange mood,” he says over the phone from Washington DC. “I was climbing on Tuesday and […]

The Quest on Mount Doom

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 15 Oct 2005 IN PETER Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies, Mount Ngauruhoe, one of New Zealand’s most active volcanoes, doubles as Mount Doom – the sinister, fiery place where the One Ring was forged. For Scottish skiers Tom and Robin Hutchison and Blair Aitken, however, the imposing cone is more […]

Find your Wonder Wall

Published: The Scotsman (Section: The Weekend) 29 Nov 2003 Ratho Climbing Centre Duncan McCallum is glowing. It’s more than a decade since the fêted Scottish climber and photographer set about transforming a disused quarry a few miles to the west of Edinburgh into a state-of-the-art climbing facility. Now the GBP 24 million sports complex he […]