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FOUR SEASONS: DO ADVENTURES ALWAYS HAVE TO BE FOR CHARITY?

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 12 January 2013 THIS week’s Four Seasons is going to be about the somewhat ticklish relationship between charities and adventuring, and as such it has the potential to wind up a lot of people. So, in an attempt to pre-empt at least some of the hate mail it’s destined to generate, […]

FOUR SEASONS: EXUENT PADDLING A KAYAK

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 20 October 2012 SIMON Willis’s book, The Scottish Sea Kayak Trail, gives me what I call the risk versus reward shivers. It’s the feeling I get when I see a picture of a surfer riding a giant, perfect wave, or of a skier about to leap off a cornice into a […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE ECONOMICS OF STUPID

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 28 July 2012 FOR a while there it looked as if this week’s column was going to be about extreme ice climbing. Then I had the option of doing something on wingsuit flying – the near-suicidal activity whereby persons of questionable sanity fling themselves out of planes and off the tops […]

FOUR SEASONS: SEARCHING FOR THE FINMEN

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 23 June 2012 NOT easy, I know, but try to imagine you’re a fisherman on a small boat operating out of Aberdeen harbour in the late 1720s. Feel free to smoke a pipe or whistle a sea shanty if it helps get you in the mood. You’re a God-fearing man, and […]

FOUR SEASONS: KAYAKING THE SPEY

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 14 August 2010 WHEN I think of great river journeys, I tend to think of Huck Finn navigating the twists and turns of the Mississippi or Marlow working his way up the Congo searching for Kurtz. I’m less likely to think of dodging shopping trolleys along the Mersey or counting cranes […]

FOUR SEASONS: LAPTOPS FOR GREENLAND

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 21 November Here’s a thought: what would happen if the Scottish Government put aside a modest sum of money each year – £100,000, say – to fund “inspiring endeavours”? Yes, I realise there’s a recession on, and I realise Inspiring Endeavours is an uninspiring name, but bear with me – I […]

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 […]

THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY: PADDLING TO THE FAROES

Published: The Scotsman, 14 October JUST after midnight on 3 July, kayakers Patrick Winterton and Mick Berwick were entering the final stages of an epic 95-hour, 410km paddle from Stornoway to the Faroe Islands when they realised they had strayed into the path of a trawler. “It was one of these pair trawlers,” says Winterton. […]

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 […]

Kayak Kings

Published: The Scotsman (TSMAG) 31 May 2008 There’s an unwritten rule among the sea kayakers of the Western Isles – show no fear. IT WAS A BIT LUMPY OUT THERE today,” says sea kayak guide Tim Pickering, a suggestion of irony in the hint of a raised brow. Ah yes, the art of the understatement. […]