Book review: ‘Moonwalker – Adventures of a Midnight Mountaineer’ by Alan Rowan

The Hazel Tree

Rainbow skies, Beinn a'Chochuill early December morning“The mountains… were just black silhouettes on the skyline ahead, with the sky a deep shade of purple with pink and yellow patches swirling through.  The little lochan was like a miniature version of the sky, the reflection from above providing the only light in a seemingly endless plateau of darkness.”

Moonwalker coverScottish mountains over 3,000 feet in height are known as Munros, after the late Victorian climber Sir Hugh Munro, who first catalogued and climbed them.

There are currently just over 5,500 people who have climbed all the Munros, and their names are registered with the Scottish Mountaineering Club, which allocates each climber their own unique number.  Of these, Alan Rowan is no. 2,422 – but what sets his record apart is that he has climbed many of these mountains at night.

I have been following Alan on Twitter for a while, admiring his magnificent photos of sunlight gleaming on silvery tarns…

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About heavywhalley.MBE

After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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