Mike Cawthorne - Author

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Mike Cawthorne began hill-walking on Ben Nevis aged seven, and has been climbing mountains ever since. He has worked as a teacher, professional photographer and freelance journalist. He has an intimate knowledge of the Scottish Highlands, undertaking his first long distance trek there in 1982. His first book, Hell of a Journey: On Foot through the Scottish Highlands in Winter (2000, new edition 2007) was short-listed for the Boardman-Tasker Prize for mountain literature. His second book, Wilderness Dreams, was published in 2007. He lives in Inverness.

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Wild Voices

Wild Voices

Author: Mike Cawthorne Format: eBook Release Date: 01/10/2014

The journeys in this book are tales of adventure on foot and by canoe through some of the last wild places in Scotland. Each journey is haunted by the ghost of another writer-Neil Gunn, Iain Thomson, Rowena Farre-who has left behind the trace of his or her own experience of these isolated hills, glens, streams, or lochs. Traveling in time as well as space, Mike Cawthorne gains a new perspective on burning contemporary issues such as land ownership, renewable energy, conservation, and depopulation. On one level these are exciting and lyrical evocations of wild walks and nature in the raw; on another level they explore the meaning of Scotland's surviving wilderness to wanderers in the past and its vital importance in the present day.

Hell of a Journey On Foot Through the Scottish Highlands in Winter

Hell of a Journey On Foot Through the Scottish Highlands in Winter

Author: Mike Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/04/2012

'Hell of a Journey' describes what is arguably the last great journey to be undertaken in Britain: the entire Scottish Highlands on foot in one winter. On one level it is a vivid and evocative account of a remarkable trek - never attempted before - on another it celebrates the uniqueness of the Highlands, the scenery and ecology of 'the last wilderness in Europe'. The challenge Mike Cawthorne set himself was to climb all 135 of Scotland's 1,000-metre peaks, which stretch in an unbroken chain through the heart of the Highlands, from Sutherland to the Eastern Cairngorms, down to Loch Lomond, and west to Glencoe. His route traversed the most spectacular landscape in Scotland, linking every portion of wilderness, and was completed in the midst of the harshest winter conditions imaginable. Acclaimed on its first publication in 2000, this edition contains an epilogue in which Mike Cawthorne reflects on his trek and wonders what has changed since he carried it out. He warns that 'wild land in Scotland has never been under greater threat'. Hell of a Journey is a reminder of what we could so easily lose forever.

Wilderness Dreams The Call of Scotland's Last Wild Places

Wilderness Dreams The Call of Scotland's Last Wild Places

Author: Mike Cawthorne Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/05/2007

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 8 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.'

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