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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: 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: BOOMERANGS AND PREHISTORIC TROUT

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 25 June 2011 NEVER mind Nessie – there are real-life prehistoric beasties living beneath the waters of some of our larger, more northerly lochs. These creatures have ferocious-looking teeth, spend most of their time at depths of 100 feet or more, and feed on very large fish, often striking them swiftly […]

FOUR SEASONS: SURFING OR SNOOKER?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 16 April 2011 YOUNG surfers of today: You have no idea how lucky you are. Yes, I know, I sound like a grumpy old man, but I speak the truth. Back in the lo-fi 1990s, when I was a surf-mad teenager, there was no world wide web. Well, not in any […]

FOUR SEASONS: A TRUE PIONEER

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 9 April 2011 SKI mountaineers these days don’t know they’ve been born. All that lovely lightweight kit, all those breathable, waterproof fabrics, all those labour-and-sometimes-life-saving devices like GPS widgets and avalanche transceivers… skiing through a snowy landscape in the 21st century could hardly be easier if you hitched a ride behind […]

FOUR SEASONS: LID LESSONS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 19 March 2011 AN EMBARRASSING encounter occurred at Cairn Gorm the other week – a solid 8.5 on the toe-curler scale. I was cruising along the Over Yonder traverse towards the West Wall Poma, the rest of my group a few hundred metres up ahead (as usual – must be getting […]

FOUR SEASONS: TOP SCOTS SKI BEDS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 5 March 2011 THE other day I was contacted by the owners of a new website which specialises in selling ski accommodation. Would I like to write a story about them? The website is run by a Scottish company so you’d think this would be a good subject for a journalist […]

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 […]

FOUR SEASONS: SKIING IN SHORTS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 May 2010 THE art of persuasion has never been one of my strong suits but a few years ago, acting recklessly against type, I managed to convince a former editor of this newspaper that we should carry a surf and ski forecast on the weather page of our Saturday edition. […]

FOUR SEASONS: COLORADO CAT TALES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 10 April 2010 CAT skiing is totally different to spinnin’ laps at your local ski hill,” says backcountry guide Greg McFadden, as we rumble up a narrow forest track towards the legendary bowls and chutes of Jones Pass, Colorado. McFadden works for Powder Addiction, a new company owned by former ski […]