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Moonwalker: Adventures of a midnight mountaineer Paperback – 15 May 2014
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About the Author
Alan Rowan has been a journalist for over 30 years and a mountaineer for almost as long. He writes a nationally syndicated column as Moonwalker and lectures on journalism.
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The premise of this book is clear from the outset: it's about climbing the Scottish hills by night. I was prepared for an unusual take on what it's like to climb mountains after dark, maybe with some poetic descriptions of the many sunrises the author must have seen.
What I wasn't prepared for was such a continuously enjoyable narrative, told with a compelling blend of candour and razor-sharp wit. This is actually the account of an epic undertaking and I take my hat off to the persistence, toughness, and hill skills of Alan Rowan. There's a wealth of mountain experience contained in these pages.
The author's journey to climb the Munros largely took place in the 1990s, at a time when his hectic day job prevented regular weekends on the hills. He was not an experienced mountaineer when he began his journey, and the early chapters are filled with entertaining anecdotes about poor gear and misjudging the conditions. When he caught the bug, as so many of us do, he made it fit around his work commitments by heading out after a shift and climbing at night — often heading straight back into work immediately afterwards. At first this was just a stop-gap attempt to fit his hillwalking ambitions in with his work schedule, but he soon began to enjoy the finer points of being on the hill after dark.
In my opinion, two particular qualities make this book special. First there's the journey: an incredible voyage of self-discovery and perseverance, featuring low points as well as highlights. Then there's the quality of the writing itself. The author's voice is very distinctive, with a sharp wit and a handsome turn of phrase. Many of the situations Alan Rowan got himself into on his journey are genuinely hilarious, too. Parts of the book had me laughing out loud.
In summary, Moonwalker deserves every word of the praise I've been hearing about it, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to all lovers of the Scottish hills.
Anyway, what a lovely chap. His book is rather splendid too; an entertaining account of climbing Scotland’s biggest hills – in the dark, with the intent, clag permitting, of reaching the summits as the sun comes up and enjoying some magnificent views, which he does achieve from time to time evidenced in the book by way of some excellent photographs.
Great reading for any fellow hill walker but also for anyone who wants to learn more about this magnificent part of our country and get an insight into the twisted mind of a hill walker who is prepared to slog his way up 3,000 feet of bog, scree and rock getting variously soaked and frozen for the joy of seeing absolutely nothing. And be prepared to repeat the experience again and again.
Loved it - so will you!
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