As the climber Mo Anthoine used to say, sometimes you have to feed the rat. After a winter indoors editing podcast episodes about other people’s adventures, Mountain host Christopher Sleight heads to the Cairngorms for a full-on winter’s day.
On 19th May 2015, Adrian Oram was traversing a section of the Cuillin Ridge with his novice climbing partner Mike. The ridge was harder than expected, but they were enjoying the challenge. It was a good day in the mountains. But for Adrian and Mike’s friends, a completely different story was playing out. Adrian and Mike had leading roles – only they knew nothing about it.
It’s Easter Saturday, 1998. Two climbers are alone in a tiny tent in an isolated Himalayan valley. There’s a gnawing cold and the snow conditions are against them. Should they go for the summit again? Or play it safe and head for the valley?
Inside the mind of elite mountain runner Joe Symonds, as he takes on Scotland’s first skyrace – a 50 km route over summits and along ridges in a trial of the body and mind.