Martin Moran is one of Britain’s most experienced and accomplished mountain guides. In 1985 he quit his job as an accountant, and he and his wife, Joy, established their home and risked their future to open a new climbing school in Lochcarron, Wester Ross, among some of the world’s most beautiful mountain landscapes. From this remote base he has guided and climbed all over Scotland the Alps, Norway and the Himalaya, helping his clients to realise their dreams and in Martin’s words “make some sense of their lives”.
He is a fine climber and athlete in his own right. Among his many achievements are his storm-bound victory over the North Face of the Eiger, new Scottish winter climbs of extreme difficulty, a record-breaking run along the Cuillin Ridge traverse, ascents the highest frozen waterfalls in Norway, and over a dozen pioneering climbsin the Himalaya. None of this was achieved without commitment, sacrifice and enduring passion for the mountains.
In Higher Ground, Martin Moran recalls his years of training in becoming a British Mountain Guide, relives his most adventurous guided climbs and affectionately profiles the remarkable personalities of his many clients and colleagues. He describes situations by turns dramatic, uplifting, tragic and hilarious, and celebrates all that his chosen career in the mountains has offered. It is a thrilling and unforgettable account, an insight into a life and way of being to which most of us can only aspire.