Distilled

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By Paul Diffley
Category Film Reviewed byEd Douglas
Date Monday, 18 November 2013
Rating Rating 4 out of 5

Paul Diffley follows up the hugely successful Long Hope Route with a lower-key but thought-provoking film that weaves together the extraordinary life of ex-miner Andy Cave with the harsh, elemental appeal of Scottish winter climbing. Cave's engaging commentary and impressive footage from the Ben and elsewhere combine to offer a meditation on the appeal of wild environments and a life of adventure.

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The Great Tradition

Posted by Ed Douglas at 3.00 PM

  These things build slowly. There’s no immediate recognition that this particular fragment of your life is forming itself so perfectly. You just start out acknowledging the weather is good, that you feel strong and happy and that the day’s challenge matches something inside you that feels important. Things grow from there into something unexpected and welcome, like a ptarmigan scuttling around underfoot or an unexpected breeze as you sweat uphill. Hours later, you realise that you’re in the middle of something ...
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