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Former Marine Mick Tighe has now skied on over 120 of Scotland's Munros. PIC: Jane Barlow

Mick Tighe: man on a mission to ski all 282 of Scotland’s Munros

A few years ago I drove up to Glen Roy near Fort William with ace photographer Jane Barlow to meet Royal Marine turned mountain rescue expert Mick Tighe. Formerly known as “the Spider-Man of Glencoe” due to the amount of time he spent dangling out of helicopters on the end of a rope in order to pluck stranded climbers from inaccessible mountainsides, in later life Tighe turned his attention to his Scottish Mountain Heritage Collection – a remarkable museum of skiing and mountaineering memorabilia he keeps in a barn beside his house.

The ice Q restaurant perched at the peak of Gaislachkogl was the set for the Hoffler Klinik in Spectre and is next to 007 Elements, a musuem celebrating James Bond.

Licence to chill at luxury lair of Bond villain

The Spectre of James Bond looms large on the summit of Gaislachkogl 3,056 metres above sea level in the Austrian Tyrol. The most recently released 007 film was shot here, on the Rettenbach glacier, and in and around the nearby ski resort of Solden.

The new edition of Whitelines

How snowboard mags survived the print-pocalypse

Not so very long ago – for the sake of argument, let’s say any time between 2005 and 2015 – one of the most enjoyable bits of an overseas snowboard trip was the ritual visit to the newsagents at the airport. Once you’d heaved your boardbag onto the outsize baggage conveyor belt, your next stop, inevitably, was the snowsports section at WH Smith’s. Here, you could take your pick from a whole cornucopia of thick, glossy snowboarding titles: Transworld Snowboarding, Snowboard, Snowboarder, Whitelines... it was less a case of “which one will I choose?” than “how many of these can I fit in my backpack before the zip breaks?”

The dualling of the A9 continues apace. Picture: John Devlin

Rail upgrades are needed to stay on track in tackling climate emergency – David Spaven

Since First Minister ­Nicola Sturgeon declared a ‘climate emergency’ in April, the political agenda has been ­moving inexorably – albeit too slowly – towards a radical transformation of Scottish transport investment priorities. Last month, a collaboration of seven sustainable transport ­campaigns came together to make the case for a fundamental reprioritisation, “starting with an end to creating new trunk road capacity”.

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Author Matthew Woodward at Jokhang Temple. Picture: Matthew Woodward.

From Edinburgh to Tibet on the longest and highest railways in the world

I imagine that you will, like me, be fascinated by that instinctive feeling that people call a sense of place; discovering that something historic has happened in the very spot that you’re occupying. The hairs on the back of my neck often stand up as I try to imagine that exact moment in time and its connection with me here in the present day. Taking advantage of this, I planned my adventure while sitting in a room in what was Channings Hotel and before that was once the Edinburgh home of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The simple connection of sitting and thinking in the same place filled me with inspiration.

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