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The Call of the Mountains Paperback – 10 Dec 2018
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Scotland has inspired legions of explorers and adventurers; this book will show you why. A wonderful journey through landscape, culture and obsession. --Myles Farnbank, Director of Wilderness Scotland
This book quickly drew me in. These journeys are precisely depicted through the author's perceptive eye for detail and his obvious passion for the outdoors. --Steven Fallon, mountain guide and record-holder for completing all the Munros 15 times
This is a wonderful book that should be read, and will then probably be re-read, by just about anyone with any interest in Scotland's mountains. --Undiscovered Scotland
About the Author
MAX LANDSBERG is a former partner at McKinsey & Company and consultant at Heidrick & Struggles, he now works as a leadership consultant and is the author of The Tao of Coaching and Tools of Leadership, both classics in the field of self-help for professionals. He is also an enthusiastic hiker, mountaineer and adventurer, and has trekked across ranges mountain ranges worldwide, including the Himalayas. He completed his round of the Munros in 2012.
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I very selectively and rarely write reviews, as it takes time and link you forever to a position/person/product. However, on this review I am proud to be able to do it and will make sure I keep a stash of copies in my 'gift drawer' to give to all my 'in the closet adventurer friends'.
The first was through the magical glens and mountain ranges of Scotland. He writes in a way that really evokes the landscapes around him. I found myself transported easily back to places I had really visited and equally convincingly to scenes that I had not. He has collected a great range of anecdotes from his climbing of the 282 Munros (mountains that are over 3,000 feet in height). I particularly loved the author's encounter with a deer that had just been born; the part where he is left stuck half-way down an abseiling rope; and his long evening chatting with a ghillie over a bottle of whisky.
Landsberg takes us on a second journey too, and it is a clearly-structured `dairy of an obsession'. It starts with a fairly accidental introduction to the Munros and continues through several phases to a cleverly written account of a deeply spiritual `flow' experience.
Unusually for a book on mountains and the outdoors, Landsberg really does let Nature be the hero. Though we feel the author's increasing purposefulness on his expeditions, he does not let ego try to outshine the hills, the weather, or the `tinkling burns'.