Outdoor Writers Guild Book of the Year 2008. History, geology, fairy stories and seventeen different routes up Ben Macdui. From a deluded earl and a Munro-bagging Queen Victoria to the domestic life of the snow bunting, this is an entertaining, admiring and often very funny portrait of Britain's second highest mountain. Descriptions of the ways up alternate with accounts of climbers and cattle thieves, the Grey Man and the Wolf of Badenoch, all adding up to a rattling good read.
I'm an all-weather walker, writer and photographer based in Southern Scotland. My special interest is in multi-day backpack trips over rough country, and I have completed 18 different coast-to-coast journeys across various parts of the UK. I like to sleep out without tent on UK hilltops, and have achieved comfortable nights on more than 70 in Scotland, Cumbria, and elsewhere in the UK.
In 1995 I won the Fell Running Association's Long Distance Trophy for a 10-day run over all the hills of Southern Scotland - a journey of 450 miles with over 90,000ft of ascent. I once completed the Ben Nevis race in 1hr 58 mins, and have climbed the Eiger but by its Mittelegi Ridge not its North Face.
I write in the magazines Lakeland Walker, TGO (formerly The Great Outdoors), Trail, Cumbria and elsewhere. In 1999, The Angry Corrie magazine wrote: "Turnbull is ultimately worth reading, not just because of the clever quirkiness of his thoughts and phrases but because his night yomps and his high bivvies and his off-beat, off-beaten-track jaunts show that he retains that most basic of outdoor-writer essentials: a simple love of being out there, somewhere, on the surface of the planet."
My personal website is at www.ronaldturnbull.co.uk