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The Big Eye of Summer
Three Immoderate Mountains
A Tree for Each Season
An Encounter with Gramsci
Dalwhinnie
The Sinister Coast
A Hero’s Welcome
Disobeying the Rules
Trio
Rounding Cape Horn
Weathering the Storm
One Autumn Day
Expedition to the Dark Island
Ride of the Valkyries
The Mantrap Conference
Flashbacks
Madeira Wine
A Note on the Icebergs of Scoresby Sound
Ariel
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Big Eye of Summer

Big Eye of Summer

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The stories in this collection are distilled from 60 years of mountaineering and arctic travel.
From a sojourn in a wartime bothy with machine-gun toting soldier-poacher-mountaineers to a 3 day 125 mile walk under the unsetting arctic sun; from a ride down a proto-A9 in a steam powered lorry, to a tale of munro-bagging by light aircraft; from a climb in the company of the Roman poet Horace on a day’s leave from the Elysian Fields to a consideration of the true meaning of the Flying Dutchman’s day off from wandering the seven seas, the collection traverses a physical terrain from Scotland to East Greenland, a temporal span from 1944 to the millennium and a stylistic range from fantasy to arctic travel primer.
At turns nostalgic, elegiac, rhapsodic, fantastic, philosophical, but always literate and lyrical, the book explores a new variation, if not an independent new line on the roadside crag of mountaineering literature.
The stories in this collection are distilled from 60 years of mountaineering and arctic travel.
From a sojourn in a wartime bothy with machine-gun toting soldier-poacher-mountaineers to a 3 day 125 mile walk under the unsetting arctic sun; from a ride down a proto-A9 in a steam powered lorry, to a tale of munro-bagging by light aircraft; from a climb in the company of the Roman poet Horace on a day’s leave from the Elysian Fields to a consideration of the true meaning of the Flying Dutchman’s day off from wandering the seven seas, the collection traverses a physical terrain from Scotland to East Greenland, a temporal span from 1944 to the millennium and a stylistic range from fantasy to arctic travel primer.
At turns nostalgic, elegiac, rhapsodic, fantastic, philosophical, but always literate and lyrical, the book explores a new variation, if not an independent new line on the roadside crag of mountaineering literature.

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