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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: SADDLE UP, IT’S BIKE SEASON

The Scotsman (TSMag) 27 April 2013 THIS weekend marks the start of the Scottish cycling season. Yeah, I know: technically there’s no such thing – last time I checked, bikes seemed to work just fine from September to March, and there are lots of great events going on all over the country right through the […]

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: 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 […]

ROAD TEST: AUTOMATIC FOR THE SKI POLE

Published: The Scotsman (Motoring) 9 March 2012 “OH NO! It’s an automatic!” My first reaction on hopping behind the wheel of the new KIA Sportage 4×4 wasn’t exactly positive. I’d been looking forward to the drive from Edinburgh to the Nevis Range ski centre all week – particularly the prospect of ficking through the gears […]

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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE BIG DOON

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 28 May 2011 SCOTLAND’S biggest mountain bike event, the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup at Fort William, celebrates its tenth birthday next weekend, but if you’ve made the pilgrimage a few times already and think you’ve seen it all before, well… think again. In a bid to spice things up, the […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE SECRET WORLD CHAMP

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 May 2010 RECOGNISE the chap pictured below? No, not me, the one in the shades*. Unless you’re a mountain bike fan you probably won’t know him from Adam, but by rights that grinning phizog should be as well kent as … well … if not David Beckham’s then at least […]

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 […]

Mountain Bike World Cup: Glorious descent

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 6 June 2009 DOWNHILL mountain biking: there can’t be many sports where the gulf between amateurs and pros is wider. Consider the course at Fort William, where the best downhill racers on the planet will be competing this weekend on the fourth stop of this year’s Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World […]