Writer Jeff Connor remembers the Scottish author Alastair Borthwick (1913-2003) … and his collaboration with climbing publisher and editor Ken Wilson. Borthwick's works recorded both the popularisation of climbing as a working class sport in Scotland, and the Second World War from his perspective as an infantryman.
'I asked about my favourite chapter: the night in Arrochar Youth Hostel where 60 'drowned rats' sheltered from a downpour and four beautiful German girls sang Muss i' Denn (Wooden Heart) and by morning everyone had gone.'
I remember reading this when very young. So poignant.
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Dan Varian recently made the third ascent of Transcendence E8 6c, one of Northumberland's proudest and most fearsome routes, which has resisted attempts by some of the country's finest climbers for twenty five years.