Books – The Fox of Glencoe – from the Scottish Mountain Press.voted outdoor book of the year in 2021 TGO awards.

SMT – “It was fantastic to begin the New Year with the news that MacInnes: The Fox of Glencoe had been voted ‘Outdoor book of the year’ in the 2021 TGO reader awards. Winning the gold accolade in this category was particularly significant for us because readers decide the nominees and results, and last year saw a new record for votes cast. ‘It’s the definitive collection of stories from a mountain life lived to the full,’ said TGO of the book, while one voter commented that ‘this award would be a fitting tribute to the great man’.

Elsewhere, The Fox of Glencoe continues to attract great reviews. ‘Few names are as synonymous with the British climbing scene as that of MacInnes’, said Scottish Field, describing Hamish’s ‘tales of derring-do [and] remarkable accompanying images’ as ‘truly inspiring.’

Meanwhile, Neil Reid of ScottishMountaineer magazine described our recent reprint of The Cairngorms Scene and Unseen as ‘long overdue’, as he reminded us that it is ‘one of the best original accounts of Scotland’s bothy culture.’ Syd Scroggie, who lost his sight and one leg during the Second World War but returned to his beloved mountains and continued to climb until well into his 80s, writes with the ‘engaging and natural style of a true storyteller’, said Reid. ‘His stravaiging adventures in… [convey] a clear sense of the topography and character of the land.’ It’s been a real pleasure for us to reprise Scroggie’s mountaineering classic, and we’re glad that others appreciate his eloquent and entertaining recollections of the Scottish hills.

We were delighted to showcase these and other recent publications at this year’s Fort William Mountain Festival, where there were plenty of opportunities for interesting and thought-provoking conversations with readers, authors and filmmakers. It was a reminder of the value of in-person events, where chance encounters can often lead to fruitful collaborations.

We were delighted to showcase these and other recent publications at this year’s Fort William Mountain Festival, where there were plenty of opportunities for interesting and thought-provoking conversations with readers, authors and filmmakers. It was a reminder of the value of in-person events, where chance encounters can often lead to fruitful collaborations.

New Guide – Gear up for Scottish Winter Climbs West

Western Scotland is a winter playground like no other, with complex geology and topography that offer a wealth of climbing opportunities.

Conditions can be fickle in this maritime climate, and the early starts and arduous walk-ins from sea level are often brutal, but there are generous rewards for perseverance. As the pale sun rises reluctantly over the vast landscape, sea lochs glint like inlaid jewels then fade to a lustrous sheen as, all too soon, it flares and retreats once more. In the corrugated schists of the Arrochar Alps, axe picks thud satisfyingly into the frozen turf. Ben Nevis’s upper ramparts, where snow and ice resist all but the most persistent thaws, have an Alpine ambience and harbour many of Scotland’s finest winter lines, attracting climbers from all over the world. Those willing to venture off beaten trails can find solitude and more esoteric adventures among the gullies and buttresses of Knoydart and Glen Shiel.

Inspired by feedback from our readers and members, our forthcoming Scottish Winter Climbs West is the first of three season-specific guidebooks in the SMC’s new select series and a grand tour of the best winter climbing venues across the Southern Uplands, the Islands of Arran, Mull and Rum, Lochaber, Glen Coe and much else besides. (The East volume covers the Cairngorms, Central Highlands and Creag Meagaidh and the North volume covers Skye, Strath Carron, Torridon and all points north of there.) 

With over 1300 routes listed and an abundance of new lines covering both familiar and lesser-known crags, its scope and range offer options for climbing across all levels and styles and in almost all conditions. Each route is accompanied by high-resolution photographic topos, and the venues are detailed on exquisitely rendered maps that are designed to be user-friendly for everyone, including those with visual impairments.

With publication expected in the next few weeks, we hope it will inspire fresh-faced newcomers and seasoned connoisseurs alike to discover hidden classics and reconnect with old favourites.“

The Scottish Mountain Trust produces some great books and Guides worth supporting.

Scottish Mountaineering Trust

We are a Scottish charity that provides grants to projects and organisations that promote public recreation, knowledge and safe enjoyment of the mountains, especially in the mountains of Scotland.

The Trust supports:

  • Publication of guides to, and information about the Scottish mountains
  • Footpath construction and maintenance
  • Land purchases that ensure public access
  • Mountaineering education and training, especially that aimed at young people
  • Mountain rescue teams and organisations, for equipment and facilities
  • Renovation of club huts available to the wider mountaineering community
  • Expeditions with educational or scientific objectives aligned with those of the Trust

Our work is financed by donations from individuals and organisations who share our values, and from the publication of guidebooks for the Scottish Mountaineering Club and other books connected with the Scottish Hills.

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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2 Responses to Books – The Fox of Glencoe – from the Scottish Mountain Press.voted outdoor book of the year in 2021 TGO awards.

  1. jester1970 says:

    I hadn’t seen that book, must pick up a copy. Just a wee note, in the first section two paragraphs are repeated (beginning with “Meanwhile”). I thought something was up with my computer and it wasn’t scrolling properly! All the best.

    Liked by 1 person

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