By Christopher Sleight
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Mountain is a podcast about adventure in wild places. We tell stories about climbers and explorers, lovers and kidnappers, racers, travellers and even violinists. Hosted by Christopher Sleight.
||Clean#20 The fall, part II||Jackie Greaves survives for two nights during a big winter storm. She’s finally found by a search and rescue dog, bundled into a helicopter and flown to hospital. Jackie's safe, but then another ordeal begins.||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 The fall, part I||February, 1994. The Cairngorms are in the grip of an Arctic storm. Alone and in a whiteout, Jackie Greaves strays out on to a cornice. Seconds later, the snow collapses into air.||5/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 Where the road runs out||Bikepacking coast-to-coast across Scotland. Adventure cyclist Lee Craigie loves to ride her bike, but when the road ends and the trail begins, the ride becomes so much more than a simple journey through the landscape.||4/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#17 In footsteps||There are days in the mountains that have you hiding behind rocks to get out of the relentless wind. Days when you tug your hood over your face to shield it from blasts of hail. Days when you think: “Where did all this begin?”||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 A quarry full of ghosts||Even small hills have secrets. A chance discovery on a mountain walk leads to a hidden tunnel entrance and an abandoned village.||2/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 The scream||Ben Nevis, February 2015. Climbers on Ben Nevis are enjoying some of the best ice conditions in decades. And then a chilling scream cuts through the mist.||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 This is Mountain||The best moments from the first year of the Mountain podcast.||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 The famous first screech||Adventurer Alastair Humphreys has cycled around the world, walked across deserts and rowed the Atlantic. His last expedition was a simple walk across Spain, but it brought him face-to-face with his deepest fear.||11/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#12 The hills I call home: Arran||We all love to explore new places, but most of us also have some hills we call home. For Kirstie Smith, it's the heart of the northern mountains on the Isle of Arran.||10/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#11 Race on the edge||Beach, bog, mountain and sea. Taking on one of the UK’s toughest adventure races through one of the country’s most extraordinary landscapes.||9/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10 Lomond the long way||Get up early, grab a bike and take a look around the back of your favourite hill. You might be surprised at what you find.||8/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 A last letter home||North-east Afghanistan, July 2010. On the edge of the Little Pamir range, in a tiny village surrounded by mountains, a phone call changes everything. Music Cylinder Two and Cylinder Four by Chris Zabriskie, The Fathomless Caves II by Jihel,||7/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#8 Mountain shorts: The Auch Jig||A bonus episode, with more from fiddle player Siobhan Anderson on how she chose the music for episode 7 - and her deep family links to Beinn Dorain.||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 Seat of all seats||With modern maps and GPS, we think we know the hills better than anyone. But open a map of any mountain in the Scottish Highlands and there’s evidence those who roamed these hills long before us knew them intimately - perhaps more than we ever will.||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 A journey inwards||Assynt, in north-west Scotland, is one of the world’s most startling landscapes. Shark’s fin mountains rise vertically from a plateau of three-billion-year-old rock. But for a landscape of real beauty, mystery and dread, you need to journey inwards.||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 The Angel of Camasunary||September 1981. A young woman sits in a dark bothy, staring into a fire. A pair of flimsy shoes are propped next to her, drying in the heat, and a kettle boils. Who was the Angel of Camasunary and where did she go? Duncan McCallum tells the story.||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4 Every mountaineer loves a ridge||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.||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#3 A call for help||On 19th May 2015, Adrian Oram was enjoying a good day in the mountains with his climbing partner Mike. But for their friends back home, a completely different story was playing out. Adrian and Mike had leading roles – only they knew nothing about it.||1/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#2 The definition of adventure||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?||12/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1 A day at the skyrace||This week, Mountain goes deep inside the mind of elite runner Joe Symonds, as he takes on the UK's first sky race - a 50 km route over summits and along ridges in a trial of the body and mind.||11/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
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Please come back... I really miss this program. Some of these episodes had me hanging on every word.
One of the best outdoors shows you've never heard of
Mountain Podcast is so unassuming and soft spoken. This is only the tenth review written about it on iTunes. Contrasting to many (American) outdoors podcasts, you will probably never find intense music or self-designated hardcore-ness, or hyperbole. What you will find are a collection of well sculpted stories about real people who love adventure, immersed in a rich soundscape, punctuated by soft- often sweet and nostolgic- music. It's not "hell yeah" or "brah". There is no lead-in to inform you how impressed you should be with the subject of the story. But, if you have a soul, you will listen with quiet wonder and find yourself a little (or a lot) more eager for your next expedition.
Well done podcast. Almost as good as being up the mountain.
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