The images are evocative and impressive but they don't portray an imaginery nirvanha, they show the Cairngorms as they are - rough and rugged, wild and hostile and how nature, left to itself will provide all the beauty you could ever want… As a coffee table volume you can't argue with its merits, especially at the price, but as a docummentary record at a time when Scotland's wilderness is under threar as never before it could turn out to be priceless.
Anyone who has walked through these mountains will find this a book to treasure. Abd if you've not been yet, but always wanted to, I can't think of a better book to entice you more!
Will inspire many to dedicate the time needed to experience this magical range in all seasons and weather conditions.
His majestic photographs - telling the story of a single year, but doubtless assembled over many - represent the kind of riches that no amount of budget fligts to exotic locations could ever buy.
Beautifuly-presented coffee table book.
(Aberdeen Press & Journal
An absolutely stunning evocation of Scotland's most extensive upland areas and one of the last true wildernesses in the country.
Capturing such a huge area in all its moods is difficult but this book is the answer and there is perhaps no better interpretation in any of the books I have seen.
For those of us who have been lucky enough to visit the Cairngorms, the book will revive many memories, while for those who have not it may just provide the inspiration to come and see this amazing place.
(TGO: The Great Outdoors
Intimate and subtle.
About the Author
CHRIS TOWNSEND is a writer and photographer specialising in the outdoors, especially the hills and wild places, and has completed many longs walks of over 1000 miles. He is the author of 18 books including the award-winning The Backpacker's Handbook, Scotland (World Mountain Ranges) and The Munros & Tops (the story of his walk over all Scotland's 3000 feet summits, the first time this had been done). Chris is passionate about the conservation of wild places and currently serves as the President of the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.