|Stob Dearg, Buachaille Etive Mor. The Glencoe Skyline Race goes straight up that face.|
Mountain: A Podcast About Adventure is a new series of podcasts by broadcaster and mountaineer Christopher Sleight, whose work will be familiar to anyone who's listened to BBC Radio Scotland's excellent Out of Doors programme.
The first podcast covers the UK's first skyrace, the Glencoe Skyline, which was held last August. A skyrace combines running with scrambling and mountaineering. The Glencoe Skyline certainly fits that description as it includes the Aonach Eagach and Curved Ridge on Buachaille Etive Mor. I cannot imagine trying to race on either of those.
The podcast covers all aspects of the race, concentrating on the winner Joe Symons but also including those who man the check points and provide sustenance for the runners (tea and bananas!). The sounds of the hills and the runners are often in the background and the podcast really captures the feel of being there. I particularly love the moment when Christopher describes suddenly seeing a sea eagle that's come to see what's happening, a touch that really brings the description of the event alive.
I really enjoyed listening to this podcast and it brought back memories of when I used to do long hill races - though never anything like the Glencoe Skyline. This is a great start to Mountain and I'm looking forward to future podcasts.
You can listen to the first episode here. And subscribe here.