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May 11, 2015

Anthony Bourdain: "Scottish jiu jitsu is tough.

But stalking deer in the Scottish Highland is the hardest, most physically demanding single activity I’ve ever done on camera.
It doesn't look like much. A nice walk up some hills, across the moors, in traditional Scottish kit, carrying nothing more cumbersome than a walking stick. You don’t even have to carry your rifle. The gamekeeper does that for you. The hills and peaks, the mountains of the Highlands are incredibly beautiful—the footing alternately firm and hard against flinty rock and hard packed soil—then soft and spongy among the heather and scrub of the moors, then steep, near vertical inclines. The idea is to walk up, at a reasonable pace, higher and higher, the incline gradual, legs fine, then not so fine, then burning with exertion. After a few miles, by which time, you’re congratulating yourself on having made it so far, the gamekeeper might spot a suitable animal through his binoculars—about a mile away. “If we sneak around the back that way—behind that mountain—and make our way quietly across that ridge—pop out over there-” he suggests, pointing at a harrowingly steep range of what sure as hell look like mountains to me, “we might just surprise him.” Anthony Bourdain / Scotland

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 11, 2015 5:42 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Sounds like that place is hunted out - time to move on.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 11, 2015 7:39 PM

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