Towards the Ogre update – Thursday 1st Sept at the Bandstand Nairn at 1900.

Exciting news for the mountaineering and climbing community as a brand-new book is launched.

Details below and attached.


Towards the Ogre by Clive Rowland

Book Launch

Thursday 1st September 2022 at 7pm

Bandstand Bar & Restaurant, The Bandstand Hotel, Crescent Road, Nairn IV12 4NB

Tickets are free.


Respected mountaineer, Clive Rowland penned this 365-page book packed with mountaineering tales, technical details and incredible rescue missions.

A Yorkshire lad, Clive Rowland worked in the steel industry, for the construction business as well as conquering some of the world’s highest and toughest climbs.
A family man, he is somewhat of a legend with the Scottish Mountaineering Community as Custodian of the Raeburn Hut and opening the first ountaineering specialist outdoor sho in the Highlands at Academy Street, Inverness.
His early talent for climbing was clear to see when, at 20 years of age, he became the youngest Briton (at the time) to climb Walker Spur and the Bonatti Pillar.
The years during which Clive climbed in the Alps, Chamonix and the Himalayas are often referred to as the Golden Age of British Mountaineering.
With a foreword by Cameron McNeish, who presented the revered BBC2 TV series The Edge – 100 Years of Scottish Mountaineering, Clive creates the sense of awe, wonder and excitement that surrounds the world of mountain climbing.

The launch will include an introduction from David Whalley MBE,BEM, a rolling slide presentation, a chance to purchase signed copies of the book and meet Clive.

Mr Rowland said: “I would encourage anyone to take to the hills, either walking or climbing, as it is a wonderful release from the tensions of modern life. However, they must learn the appropriate skills. We have such a beautiful country throughout Britain.

Beautifully illustrated, and independently published, both paperback and hardback copies of the book will be on sale following a talk by the Mountaineers’Mountaineer, as Clive is often referred to.

In his foreword for the book, Cameron McNeish said: “Clive would probably have never admitted to the life-saving role they performed, but many years ago Doug Scott told me if hadn’t been for the pair he and Chris would likely have perished on the mountain.”

From his Yorkshire roots to his ascent of some of the most technically challenging peaks in the world, Clive reveals his role, along with fellow mountaineer Mo Anthoine, in the rescue of Doug Scott and Chris Bonington on Baintha Brakk, otherwise known as The Ogre, in the Karakoram, Pakistan.

There follows an epic tale of survival which will rank among the great stories of ‘against the odds’ rescue missions.

This is just one of many stories Clive reveals during the Golden Age of British Mountaineering in his fascinating book which is published this September.


Towards the Ogre is the new mountaineering memoir climbers and mountaineers have been waiting for.

Author Clive Rowland takes readers on an unforgettable journey, starting with his early days exploring the Peak District right through his incredible mountaineering career, which few can match.

Clive’s greatest climb is probably the 1977 expedition to summit Baintha Brakk (The Ogre). It is exceptional in its combination of altitude and steepness, and at 23,901 ft. one of the hardest peaks in the world to climb. Clive is perhaps best-known for the rescue of Doug Scott and Chris Bonington following an accident on their descent.

Their tale of survival at high altitude ranks among the great stories of ‘against the odds’ rescue missions. This book will take you right to the very heart of this daring and perilous journey back to safety.

Clive was active during what is now considered to be the Golden Age of British Mountaineering (from the 1960s to the 1990s) and climbed extensively in the Alps, Chamonix and the Himalayas.

This beautifully illustrated book will appeal to anyone who has climbed, wants to climb or those fascinated by the pioneers of mountaineering.

Packed with fascinating insights, technical details, stunning photographs and Clive’s famous Yorkshire humour, Towards the Ogre is set out to become a classic.

Press Kit; Media Release; Cut Out Images with Captions


£20 paperback ISBN: 9-7-817391090-1-1

£30 hardback ISBN: 9-7-817391090-0-4

Mike Springall

McRay Press



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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