Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting a man I have huge admiration for Hamish Brown. His wonderful books on the mountains have always been inspirational to me. As a young man I devoured them and found especially his accounts of his big Walks across Scotland inspirational ! Many of his books are below but it was his life in Scotland in the hills in the 60,s and 70,s that I loved. He was also a teacher of Outdoor education and in these early days before Qualifications and Health and Safety he introduced so many kids to the mountains.
Hamish Brown M.B.E. FRSGS is a professional writer, lecturer and photographer specialising in mountain and outdoor topics. He is best known for his walking exploits in the Scottish Highlands, having completed multiple rounds of the Munros and being the first person to walk all the Munros in a single trip with only ferries and a bicycle as means of transport.
I managed to grab Hamish for a short chat and was amazed at his enthusiasm for the mountains. His knowledge spans over 60
Years in the wild places and his views on the Environment and lessons learned from the past are incredible.
Hamish has such knowledge I wish I could remember all he said to me every word was so relevant. Yet his love of Scotland and Morocco were still incredibly vivid for him. He spoke how he and folk like him fought for freedom of Access to the hills and open spaces that we take for granted. He fought landowners the government and the military with a few others to give us what we have today. This Right to roam is a thing that so many countries find amazing. We should be so proud of it and what this tiny country has achieved.
He talked of hills and Glens that in his day had few paths or people and the rich history of these places. He knows the flowers ,the geology and environment so well it was a joy to listen and take it all in.
Hamish looks great and how wonderful it was to listen to his views and tap into his life even for a few minutes.
I asked him how does he stay looking so young it is by having so many great experiences and surrounding himself with like minded folk.
It was a great chat full of so many wise words and it would be great if the media did something on this wonderful character so we can share his knowledge. For me not just in his writing but his wisdom and advice to protect what so many take for granted?
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