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The Cairngorms & North-East Scotland

Packed full of fascinating background information on a diverse part of Scotland, this attractive and inspiring area guide is so much more than just a book of walks, says Dan Bailey.

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Christmas Books - Our Top Picks of 2023

If you can't get to the hills or crags over the festive season then the next best thing is reading about them. Whether you're present buying for someone else or writing your own list to Santa, check out our pick of the best books published over...

One Man's Legacy, by Mike Dixon

"When I started climbing, One Man's Mountains was a must-read book in the canon of mountain literature" says Rob Greenwood. "One Man's Legacy adds much depth to Tom Patey's character and reputation, enriching our understanding of an already legendary figure in...

Christmas Books - Our Top Picks of 2022

From attention-grabbing guidebooks to action-packed memoirs, and even some poetry, 2022 has seen a crop of inspiring new titles. Whether you're present buying for someone else, or writing your own list to Santa, here's our pick of the best new books...

Highland Scrambles North

The SMC's new volume covering the wild northwest is the most comprehensive and up-to-date scrambling guidebook yet produced to any...

Christmas Books - Our Top Picks of 2021

Despite Covid-19, 2021 has been a good year for outdoor literature. From inspiring new guidebooks to historical...

The Fox of Glencoe - Hamish MacInnes

This attractive book is a fitting tribute to a climbing polymath the like of whom we'll probably never see again, says...

The Munros - the definitive new hill guide from the SMC

The fourth edition of this classic guide not only offers the most detailed and...

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Hamish MacInnes: Fox of Glencoe

Hamish MacInnes was born in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland in 1930. A legend in the field of mountaineering, he pioneered many of Scotland's most challenging climbs and numerous testpiece routes overseas. As well as founding both the Search and Rescue Dog Association and the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, Hamish's revolutionary MacInnes Stretcher is still used worldwide, and his all-metal ice axe was a game-changer for modern alpinism. He was also a prolific author, publishing 26 books, including the seminal International Mountain Rescue Handbook (1972) and the classic Call Out (1973), in which he recalled his experiences with the Glencoe Mountain Rescue team. The Scottish Mountaineering Press are delighted to be publishing The Fox of Glencoe, a collection of unseen and retold memoirs from Hamish MacInnes.


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Book Book Extract: Harold Raeburn - The Steps of a Giant

Harold Raeburn's climbing achievements in the Edwardian era were as impressive as those of Murray, Patey, or MacInnes in later periods. We might even think of these greats as standing on Raeburn's shoulders, says Peter J Biggar, author of a new biography. This extract from the book hinges on his remarkable 1920 first winter ascent of Observatory Ridge, a climb that retains a bit of a reputation even a century later.

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