Wilderness Dreams

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Mai 2011



This book has been a long time in the writing. While Mike Cawthorne's life over the last two decades has been mostly involved in climbing and journalism, he has managed to stow away a large memory bank of experiences of his times spent deep within the wilderness areas of Scotland. These eight extended essays begin with a canoe trip down the River Dee in 2002 ("Tale of Two Rivers") and his epic round of the Munros in the company of his friend Dave Hughes in 1986 ("Paupers and Kings"). "Terra Ingognita" deals with the Monadliath mountains, 'one of the last places left on these crowded islands where you can experience genuine solitude'. "Crofting on the Edge" deals with people Mike has encountered who have chosen to live in the most remote and inaccessible areas of Scotland as does "The Hermit's Story", which describes the life that James McRory-Smith chose to lead in Strathailleach, a shepherd's cottage near Cape Wrath. "A Last Wild Place" describes the ruination of many of these wilderness areas and the efforts made by large energy companies to exploit these special places. '...only wilderness if you can be killed and eaten' is a quote by American writer Edward Abbey referring to grizzly bears stalking humans in the Rockies. Mike recalls this in "Dying for Trees" as he spends a day on Creag Meagaidh with a deer-stalking party where a minor bio-diversity miracle has taken place by carefully controlling deer numbers to allow the spread of broadleaf woodland. "Scotland's Alaska" is the final essay on Sutherland's flow country...'the best and worst of wild Britain.'


Reviews Preface Title page Dedication Contents Acknowledgements Preface Introduction by Jim Perrin
1. A Tale of Two Rivers
2. Terra Incognita
3. Crofting on the Edge
4. Of Paupers and Kings An Arrangement Shining with Promise Brittle Beginnings Dave The Great Food Carry A Pair of Mountain Tinkers Into the Wild and Into Our heads Climbing in Socks Home in the Hills Pathways and Highways 'If only we could bottle this.'
5. The Hermit's Story
6. A Last Wild Place
7. Dying for Trees
8. Scotland's Alaska Glossary of Placenames Index About the author Copyright


Mike Cawthorne
EAN: 9781906476496
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Neil Wilson Publishing
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 2011
Seitenanzahl: 176 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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