This is the story of one of Scotland’s young mountaineers Alan Mullin his short life and his dad death. To me it tells a story of a horrific childhood the effects of sectarian bigotry, a hard life in the military and then a short life pushing climbing to its limits.
It was tragic reading but tells another side of life one that even now is hardly discussed.
The effects on his family and friends and how he struggled with his demons. He was a controversial character in the small world of mountaineering loved by a few and also in liked but always controversial.
This book must have been so difficult to edit by Grant Farquar to me it was a look into a tormented soul.
The troubled mind is to most of us so difficult to understand. Expert help is hard to get and resources are scant.
Yet every year we lose a lot of folk including a few top mountaineers to suicide. Few talk about their problems maybe this book will help in some way?
Just to get folk to discuss mental illness is a big step forward. The “Black dog” can hit many of us at all ages. We must try to look after each other better?
Its good to get help and unlike Alan maybe many lessons have been learned for future generations? I hope so as it a subject that we need to discuss and understand better?
Comments as always welcome.