The Moun­tain In­qui­si­tion

Meet top moun­tain biker Danny MacAskill

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Scafell Pike, Snow­don or Ben Nevis? Ben Nevis. What’s the high­est moun­tain you’ve climbed? Kil­i­man­jaro (5895m) with my bike. Who’s your moun­taineer­ing hero?

Mar­tyn Ash­ton [for­mer Bri­tish and World Cham­pion moun­tain bike tri­als and stunt rider]. What do you love most about moun­tains? Most of all, the de­scent. Send­ing it down­hill on the bike gives me a buzz. On top of that – the views on the way up and the sat­is­fac­tion of reach­ing the sum­mit. Most mem­o­rable day in the outdoors?

Stand­ing on the sum­mit of the In­ac­ces­si­ble Pin­na­cle on the Isle of Skye, while film­ing The Ridge in the sum­mer of 2014. The mist whis­per­ing over the top of the moun­tains cre­ated an in­cred­i­ble view of an is­land I call home. Fun­ni­est thing you’ve seen on a hill?

Watch­ing some of my friends go­ing over the han­dle­bars into bogs on the Isle of Skye is al­ways a laugh. You’re in a pub. What’s on the menu?

A full fresh seafood plat­ter. What was the last book you read?

My own [see right], to be hon­est. If I am not rid­ing my bike, I am usu­ally sleep­ing. Favourite hill snack?

Jelly ba­bies. Worst thing you’ve ever eaten? Raw prawns.

When naked was outdoors?the last time you were Last week­end! Favourite an­i­mal? Red squir­rel. Weird­est place you’ve slept?

A sketchy tree house we built as kids on the Isle of Skye. Best pair of walk­ing boots you’ve owned? Five Ten Camp Four GTX. Wild camp or posh ho­tel? Wild camp­ing, but van life is the thing for me. Strangest per­son you’ve bumped into on a hill? Prince Charles. Who’s your most fa­mous friend?

Hans Rey [a pi­o­neer­ing bike freerider. Freerid­ing means any­where, any­how]. How much is a pint of tea at Pete’s Eats?

A fiver. [Not quite - it‘s £1.70!] What’s your next big chal­lenge? That would be telling… Your ul­ti­mate moun­tain day in three words… Patag­o­nia with friends.

Danny MacAskill is a top moun­tain bike street tri­als rider whose films have gained over 200 mil­lion views on YouTube. In one of his most fa­mous films, he takes his bike along the Isle of Skye’s Cuillin Ridge, lift­ing it to the top of the In­ac­ces­si­ble Pin­na­cle. His book At the Edge: Rid­ing for

My Life is out now, £14.99 (Vik­ing).

Weird­est place you’ve slept? A sketchy tree house we built as kids

Danny MacAskill en­joys the sun­rise at around 5400m / 17,700ft above sea-level on his way up Kil­i­man­jaro.

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