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FOUR SEASONS: IN PRAISE OF TURNING BACK

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 30 March 2013 BEAUMONT bottles it again,” quipped a colleague earlier this month, on hearing the news that professional adventurer Mark Beaumont had decided to abandon his latest project – an attempt to climb Patagonia’s highest peak, the 4,000m-plus Cerro San Valentin. The Scot decided to take his team home because […]

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 BEST EXPLORATION BOOKS OF 2011

Published: The Scotsman (Books) 10 December 2011 INEVITABLY perhaps, given that the winter of 2011/12 marks the centenary of Robert Falcon Scott’s ill-fated trek to the South Pole, it’s been a busy year for books about polar exploration. We didn’t just get re-releases of existing material in fancy new dust jackets either but at least […]

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 […]

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: CALLING ALL PENGUIN LOVERS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 27 March 2010 ARE you looking for a job with a difference? Do you get on well with other people? Really? Even when you’re trapped in a confined space with them for days on end? Do you like long-distance travel? Do you like the cold? Do you like penguins? If you […]

Book Review: The Third Man Factor

Published: The Scotsman (Critique) 13 June 2009 Book review: The Third Man Factor, by John Geiger Canongate, 290pp, £12.99 THIS BOOK BY AMERICAN AUTHOR John Geiger represents a truly incredible literary achievement. Somehow, against all the odds, he has managed to take several dozen of the most dramatic tales of human survival ever recorded – […]

Book Review: Two Planks and A Passion: An Off-piste History of War

Published: The Scotsman (Section: Critique) 01 Nov 2008 TWO PLANKS AND A PASSION – THE DRAMATIC HISTORY OF SKIING BY ROLAND HUNTFORD Continuum, 436pp, GBP 25 COULD THE OUTCOME OF THE Second World War have been decided by the humble ski? That’s the bold but surprisingly convincing claim made by Roland Huntford in Two Planks […]

Book Review: Antarctic Destinies: Gentlemen rivals

Published: The Scotsman (Critique) 05 Apr 2008 Antarctic Destinies by Stephanie Barczewski, Continuum, 390pp, GBP 25 ON 2 NOVEMBER 1902, THREE men – Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Edward Wilson – set off from the base of the Discovery Expedition at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, with the aim of reaching the South Pole. Things did […]