Re-visiting Great Rhos (and an explanation to Summits on the Air)

Day 28 of Heights of Madness was spent on Great Rhos, the 660-metre high point of the mid-Welsh county of Radnorshire. On the summit, I spoke to an aficionado – Tupperware man, I called him – of a group called Summits on the Air. I mention this now as I can see from this discussion that…

Heights of Madness: mapped, for the first time

I never got round to creating a map illustrating the route I travelled for Heights of Madness. The publisher didn’t require one; nor did I fancy the daunting task. Besides, I am no artist. Six years on, someone has done it for me. It is a work of art, I think. The yellow clouds are the…

How do you follow a man like Cameron McNeish?

Many ‘adventurers’ include the words ‘motivational speaker’ in their ‘job’ description. I am not a ‘motivational speaker’. Perhaps I lack essential ‘motivational’ qualities? Nevertheless, I’m making a rare foray into the world of public speaking next week. I will be at The Outdoors Show at Excel London on Saturday, January 14, when my subject will…

Shopping for Isles at the Edge of the Sea

Various folk have asked me how and where they can purchase a copy of Isles at the Edge of the Sea. So here goes: after a short delay in distribution, the book is now available. It can be bought online at the usual outlets, including Amazon, Waterstone’s, Blackwell’s, Foyles and WHSmith. If actual book shops and real-life…

In praise of libraries

There has been much recent fuss – with good reason – over the closure of  libraries as local authorities seek to cut costs. I’m all for libraries. When in an unfamiliar place, where else is there to go that is dry and free during a rainy interlude? As I waited for ferries to various Hebridean islands last…

25,000 words

Another milestone – 25,000 words written, about a third of the way towards my target, and the book is beginning to take shape. Sandstone Press, my publisher, has put this on their website, which makes it all seem very real. Let’s hope I can live up to my billing of bringing ‘wit and intelligence’ to…

Review

Heights of Madness was reviewed in the Sunday Telegraph yesterday. Here it is: Energetic is certainly a word that could be used to describe Jonny Muir, who set out to climb (for charity) the highest points in each of the counties in the UK in three months. To make it harder, he decided to eschew…

Highland Cafe

I was on BBC Highland’s Highland Cafe today. When I was first contacted by the programme, I was asked to speak about plans to fly a Model T Ford to the summit of Ben Nevis. Crazy idea, I told the producer. We mustn’t allow our mountains to be abused in this fashion. I’ve mellowed since. Lochaber man Iain Blyth wants…

Amazon

I’ve become obsessed by Amazon.co.uk. As I write, my book is 9,824th on the bestselling list. Not bad, but I’m not about to crack open the champagne. It’ll be 20,000-odd by tea time I’m sure. One reviewer was nice though. Here is what he said: I was hooked even before he arrives in Scotland where…