Jo Whalley is learning winter survival skills in the mountains of Scotland's Cairngorms National Park and Carmen Roberts is eating her way around Seoul, the capital of South Korea.
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Coming up on this week's show... We
dig in on a snow-covered mountain in
The camera is finally
starting to completely freeze over
and I'm obviously freezing.
are tips on the best placed a
honeymoon. And I am enjoying my own
company at the new Korean restaurant
for solo diners here in Cellmark.
That was really bad chopstick
-- here in Seoul.
First up this week, we in the
Cairngorms National Park in the
heart of the Scottish Highlands. The
frozen landscape is beautiful at
this time of year but conditions can
be brutal and recently, a number of
hikers found themselves in trouble
there after reaching higher the
main. The advice is never to attempt
this on your own in bad weather
conditions without an experienced
mountain in, so we sent Jo Whalley
on an overnight tour with a guided
group to learn some winter survival
skills. This is the snow is place in
the UK. Over 1700 square miles of
listening icecaps picks. --
glistening. The snow makes it a
popular spot for winter sports but
at this time of year, the weather in
the mountains can also be
unpredictable and extreme. If you
find yourself lost in a blizzard
like this, one of the best survival
techniques is to dig a hole to
shelter from the elements. I have
scaled Mount Cairngorms with a tour
group led by an expert guide. He is
going to teachers how to safely
construct a snow hole. One of the
best places to dig is this small
valley, 1200 metres up the mountain.
-- he's going to teach us. I am so
cold, it is so snowy. I can't
actually imagine how we're going to
stay the night.
Well, the big killer
in terms of your own temperature is
the wins. If we build a snow hole,
we are totally out of the wind.
is the temperature right now?
in quite a sheltered area right now,
so it is probably ten to 12 miles an
hour, something like that. When we
came over the top, it was
considerably more than that but once
we get the snow hole dug... We are
going to get you warmed up, so there
is your shovel.
While we have been
preparing the equipment, three of
the team have made a start on the
whole by digging tunnels into the
snowdrift. When they are deep
enough, we will connect them to form
We are just tunnelled into
the snow at the moment. We have got
to go a good metre from the top
year, and you want to come in and
have a dig?
I am just chopping
away at this pace is.
And how long
does it take to do this normally?
very much depends on the snow
conditions. We have got relatively
soft snow about slightly three hours
plus, sometimes as much as five
Five hours. It is going to go
This is a snow saw, designed
to be able to cut through ice and
snow and by using this, we can often
remove the snow far more efficiently
inasmuch as we can cut blocks out,
rather than chipping away.
they going to collapse?
strength is in the thickness of the
snow. This is quite narrow, so it is
quite well supported but when we
make a living space, we want to make
sure that that is no as well so it
is well supported. -- Nowra. Our man
gets in there with a shovel.
What is it about this that you
I suppose it very much
engages the brain. You are concerned
about keeping warm, surviving. It
takes the mind very much back to
survival, it is about survival, but
survival style, we hope.
camera is finally starting to
completely freeze over and I am also
freezing. So we are going to focus
on digging, otherwise we might not
have anywhere to stay the night. We
chip and carve away at the ice until
it eventually starts to take shape.
We have finally reached one of the
most satisfying parts of digging,
when the tunnels start to connect,
when we can reach through to each
other. He has built over 50 snow
holes with groups of tourists and
shows us how to sculpt the roof with
a saw to prevent a collapse in
drips. He has never had one. It is
hard work but it is finally starting
to warm up in here, the average
temperature of a snow hole hovers
around 0 degrees, toasty compared to
the freezing winds outside. We are
making the hole big enough for six
people and allow staff but in an
emergency, even a small snow shelter
can provide vital protection from
hypothermia. We heed the biggest
pieces of snow to the exit and use
them to block up two of the doors,
filling in the gaps to stop grass
There we go.
you so much. That is amazing. So, we
made it. This is our beautiful snow
hole, with a nice vaulted ceiling up
there. And in is very kindly cooking
up a round of tea for everyone. -- N
T. Cheers, everyone.
-- and he is.
After a hot meal from the stove, we
all try to settle down for the
night. Even with layers of clothing
and a specialist sleeping bag, it
does feel pretty chilly but it is
completely silent, wishing away from
the gales outside. -- we are hidden
away. So I survived the night, he is
outside chipping the ice away, all
this snow has fallen in the night
and has sort of locked us in, so he
has just dug us out. It has been
very, very cold. The thought of
heading back outside is daunting,
but he helped me to pack up and
claimed the out of the hole into a
blizzard of white. -- clamber.
Getting back down the mountain is a
mammoth effort because of the
swelling snowstorm, but that feeling
of knowing we survived the night is
Still to come on this week's travel
show... Our global guru is here with
advice on April honeymoon and the
best ideas for a big family day in
France. And I am keeping
conversation to a minimum at a new
restaurant for solo diners here in
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From me here on Malta, goodbye for
now and see you next time.
Korean food is becoming famous the
world over and it is here in Seoul
that you will find the best. I have
come to discover a unique way to
enjoy it. First, I am off to a
market to pick up their warm snack
or two along the way. It is cold out
here right now. Feels like it is
well below zero. Look at this place!
It is bustling. You would think
people would be at home with their
heating on full blast but now. You
cannot keep people away from Korean
street food. I like it. It is a good
atmosphere. I don't know if you can
see me through the steam but this
looks interesting. I have never seen
anything like this before. Egged on
bread and if you look inside you can
see at baking in the. Let's give it
a try. Let's give it a go. That is
quite good. It is egged with very
sweet red. A nice combination all
are many Koreans enjoy eating on the
go, when it comes to a proper meal
it is normally done with a large
group of rents and family. Is so I
am eating a group of local foodies
and bloggers who will give me the
lowdown on how to share a meal
Korean style. Hi, guys. How are you
doing. Sorry I'm late. I was
laughing about the scissors. You
know Western people find this
concept strange. Why is it so
important for Koreans to eat
communally? Food is a social
activity however in Korea it plays a
role in terms of... For example, if
I am with someone younger I feel the
need to feed them.
I will cut
something up and put it on their
plate. Tell them here, enjoy. Give
me your plate.
For me this is
Really? What is the
order to be served in? Age. You are
the guest of honour so you get it
first. Wow. Seniority. I heard in
Korea that if you pour your own
drink you will have an ugly spouse.
Is that right?
It is different. You
can give the other person a bad
spouse. So I have to pour for you.
And then I should receive it with
OK. I will pour red with
two hands. What happens if you spill
it? -- pour it.
Because Korea went
through such a long time of the TI
think that food is so symbolic of we
have now. Being able to watch
someone eat or share food together
is more important than just giving
nutrition. I like to watch people
It is a Korean girl thing.
Really? You watch them eat on social
You can live stream people
It seems that all Koreans
enjoy company whether they are
eating together all online. But in a
country where family ties and
traditions are strong I have heard
there is still something of a taboo
about actually going out to enjoy
Korean food on your own. Although
life here in South Korea is changing
and with more young people choosing
to live alone, a couple of new
restaurants have opened up for those
who enjoy their own company and
traditional food. I am off to check
one hour. I am eagerly awaiting my
meat and my barbecue for one to be
delivered. It is very exciting. You
see the event here? That will suck
up the fumes so I don't smell like a
barbecue when I walk out of here.
There is a guy next door who does
not seem to be keen to have a chat.
Gosh. It is really quiet here. Do I
get scissors? Wow. There is a lot of
heat coming off this. It is such a
strange concept. Normally when I
come to a Korean barbecue I am with
a huge group of people, friends,
family even work colleagues. Usually
other people do the grilling. I
don't know if it is a good place to
come. You are surrounded by single
people that everyone is on their
scientific there is a partition
between the walls and no-one wants
to talk to each other. Oops. I am
burning this now. That was bad
chopstick etiquette. You are not
meant to go like that with your
chopsticks. It shows that I am not
very good. See, this is the thing
where you miss having other people
with you. I am not the best barbecue
grill person so this is not the most
relaxing. I feel like trying to
multitask a lot of things at once. I
could do with another set of hands,
really. But it is nice to not feel
pressured to talk to anybody.
Delicious. Compliments to the chef.
If you are thinking of heading to
South Korea any time soon, here are
some travel show tips on things you
could see and do. Soloed 1717 is the
capital 's version of the high line
in New York. It is the biggest green
space in the city with 24,000 trees
and plants lining the route along
with cafes and performance spaces.
It is all part of efforts to make
soul more pedestrian friendly. A
three-hour train ride from Seoul is
the second city of Korea and the
cultural Village. This former
rundown area overlooking the coast
has been renovated and repainted and
you will find minerals and
sculptures created by the locals
here as well, making it a big
attraction for tourists. And if you
did not manage to catch the Winter
Olympics, do not despair. There are
dozens of annual winter themed
festivals here in South Korea. Want
to look out for is the yearly ice
fishing festival close to the
Olympic site in Jung Chang where
thousands of tourists and locals use
their bare hands, traditional Robson
lures to catch fish from the icy
river. It runs every year throughout
February so wrap up warm. But is it
for this week that you can enjoy as
next week on the travel show when...
Christer is in Norway as she takes a
journey along one of the world 's
most spectacular rail lines in
search of the route of Norwegian
It is the kind of sound of
This is great. And don't
forget, if you want to follow us on
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feed. Until next time, from me,
Carmen Roberts and the rest of this
travel show team here in Seoul, it
is good by.
Jo Whalley is learning winter survival skills in the mountains of Scotland's Cairngorms National Park. Plus Simon Calder answers travel questions and Carmen Roberts is eating her way around Seoul, the capital of South Korea.