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SCOTLAND'S burgeoning adventure sports industry will be showcased in the capital next month at the inaugural Outdoor Pursuits Scotland show.
HOLDING top spot in the survival hall of fame is Aron Ralston whose story is told in the Danny Boyle film, 127 Hours. In 2003, he went the Utah Canyons without telling anyone. It took him five days for him to face amputating his arm after it got caught behind a boulder in a fall.
A CLIMBER who survived a 1,000ft fall off the side of a Scottish mountain has told how he believed he was going to die as he plummeted down a cliff edge.
FOR a few years I have been working in a crossover world between big brands and adventure sports. I spend much of my life advising companies how to work with sports from the outside. The trick is understanding your market - what they like, what works within their language and what looks bad and ultimately turns off the core participant.
ON THE edge of cities it is sometimes possible to find an escape with minimal effort. To some this is akin to cheating; you are not really going on a walk unless there is nothing manmade in sight, there is a considerable amount of physical exertion involved and it takes most of the day.
WALKERS and climbers are being urged to sign up to a new service allowing them to text for a rescue if they are involved in an accident on the mountains.
SCOTLAND is bidding to become the adventure capital of Europe with adventure tourism now worth £767 million a year to the country.
The search is on for a member of the public to join the crew of an expedition that has been described as one of the last true global "firsts".
SCOTLAND is a land of contrasts from the grand architecture found in its cities to the quiet, wild land stretching across its length and breadth.
SUMMER, 1990. It has been sunny for four weeks and all the high mountain crags are dry. Shelterstone Crag in the Cairngorms has finally lost the snow patch that sat on top of it all spring, causing the climbs to remain wet for day after frustrating day.
HE has battled through deep snow, injury and blood-sucking ticks and – no small matter – up 283 gruelling peaks. But Stephen Pyke has now beaten the record for the fastest continuous circuit of Scotland's Munros.
A rare flower found only in a remote part of Scotland will be shown off by conservation workers this weekend to highlight the struggle to preserve endangered species.
A SHORT parable to start with. Two years ago, I had the good fortune to find myself in Kalymonos, Greece, on a climbing trip.