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RESURRECTING MALLORY

Published: The Scotsman, 3 January 2013 YOU don’t hear of many plays about explorers. The dramatic stories of people like Scott, Shackleton, Livingstone and Stanley have inspired countless books and stacks of films, but they rarely turn up at your local theatre, reimagined for Generation Xbox by a hip young playwright. Partly, this is to […]

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 […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE ICE BALLOON

Published: Scotland on Sunday (The Week) 4 March 2012 The Ice Balloon by Alec Wilkinson Fourth Estate, £14.99 ON 11 JULY 1897, at 2.30pm, the Swedish aeronaut Salomon August Andrée and his assistants, Nils Strindberg and Knut Fraenkel, took off from the island of Svalbard in a 94ft-tall, tonne-and-a-half hydrogen balloon, heading for the North […]

BOOK REVIEW: EXPLORERS OF THE NILE

Published: The Scotsman (Books supplement) 10 September 2011 Book review: Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and the Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure, by Tim Jeal Faber, 510pp, £25 IN HIS introduction to this juicy slice of revisionist history, Tim Jeal acknowledges the modern penchant for calling 19th-century adventurers “self-destructive or perverse” and tries […]

HEROIC ACTS ON THE FRINGE

Published: The Scotsman (Festival supplement) 16 August 2011 ON 16 MARCH 1912, Captain Oates sallied forth into the teeth of an Antarctic blizzard with the immortal words: “I am just going outside and may be some time,” deliberately ending his own life in the hope that his three freezing, starving companions might stand a better […]

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 […]

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 […]

BOOK REVIEW: RIBBON OF WILDNESS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 September 2010 RIBBON OF WILDNESS – DISCOVERING THE WATERSHED OF SCOTLAND BY PETER WRIGHT LUATH, 269pp, £14.99 A WATERSHED, as any good Geography textbook will tell you, is a line separating two different drainage basins. Raindrops falling to one side of the line will flow into river x, while raindrops […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE HORN OF THE SADDLE

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 April 2010 HOW old is too old to ski? Or snowboard? Or ride a snow bike? It’s not something I’ve ever given much thought to. Ask most snow-addicts how long they plan to keep sliding and, more likely than not, they’ll simply say “until I die”. That’s the default response. […]