The Mountains are Calling was published last week, with a launch at Edinburgh Waterstones. The book is now available in bookshops and via online sellers. Please let me know what you think of The Mountains are Calling here or via the usual social media channels.
A blog tour straddled the launch. The highlights are below.
I began the tour with an insight into the ‘beautiful madness’ of the sport of hill running.
Alex Staniforth then posted an abbreviated version of the excellent foreword he has written for The Mountains are Calling in which he describes the book as a ‘journey of understanding’.
On the Sandstone Press blog, I explain the process behind choosing the image that would eventually feature on the front cover.
The Mountains are Calling was then featured on Kate Jamieson’s Adventures of Kate blog, with a story about a night-time run in the winter Pentlands featured as part of her Mountain Monday series.
Russell Bentley is one of a rare breed of athletes who can run successfully on both road and mountain. Like me, he is also a father who juggles the demands of training and competing with family life, and the challenge that brings was the focus of Russell’s stop on the blog tour.
Fiona Russell, an award-winning blogger, then described how hill running is the ‘ultimate high’, outlining the history, culture and celebrating the legends of the sport.
The Skye Cuillin feature strongly in the book and I was delighted Ben Mounsey could use his recent first-hand experience to introduce a blog on Finlay Wild’s attempt to break the record for the fastest traverse of the ridge.
Rose George then posted an interview with a more philosophical slant, beginning with an exploration into why humans want to go high.
Finally, Dave Taylor (perhaps better know as Fell Running Guide), published an exploration into Ramsay’s Round and why only 108 people have completed the challenge in 40 years.