When it comes to my ‘proper’ job…
Read the latest from Andy Malcolm, Glenesk Wildlife Guide and Gamekeeper
March 27th 2018
”When it comes to my ‘proper job’ there’s little I enjoy more than getting out when the hills are plastered in snow.
Anyone who spends time in the hills in conditions like these can’t help but be blown away by the beauty of it all. Coupled with that the challenge and excitement of stalking a fox in these wide open expanses and you’ve got the makings of a red letter day.
I use cross country skis to get about in such conditions. I’d love to tell you that carving a series of linked Telemark turns down a virgin hillside was the ‘grand finale’ to a day out on them. Unfortunately the amount of gear- including an expensive and rather top-heavy rifle- means that my descents are made in a far more tentative manner. Usually.
To some it might sound like the ultimate job but make no mistake- it’s about the hardest activity I know.
However, I’ve now been stuck at home with a chest infection for days now. I look out at the snow-plastered hills and ache to be out there. Or maybe I just ache.”