Alastair Borthwick, Guiding Father of the Scottish Outdoors…

So what’s the Big Deal about Alastair Borthwick and Hill Climbing?

The big deal is that author Alastair Borthwick was one of the first people in the earlier part of the 20th century to write on this matter in Scotland, or the UK. Publishers didn’t care for such materials as the public opinion was that outdoors sports were only engaged in by affluent members of society.

This wasn’t Actually the Case, However…

The actual truth was that many working class people took to the countryside to hike and explore every single weekend in Scotland! Alastair knew this, so he wrote a series of articles for the magazine, “The Glasgow Herald.” The section that Alastair Borthwick was published in was called, “Open Air.” These articles were eventually published into a full length book, under the direction of T.S. Eliot entitled, “Always a Little Further.” This is the book that made the sport even more popular among the working class. They now had an official collection of Alastair’s articles as a guide.

This Type of Unique Thinking Bled over into Other Mediums for Alastair…

Alastair Borthwick excelled in radio during the 1930’s, and three decades later, he did the exact same thing with television. He published half hour journalistic segments for a Scottish broadcasting entity. His total number of such televised programs is around one hundred and fifty or so. The topics that these programs covered were quite varied also. Just about any concern at the time seemed to be appropriately covered.

The War even Led to Gigs for this Guy…

He also served his country in the 5th Battalion during the 2nd World War and afterwards was chosen to write a book on the battalion’s official history. The book is a popular read to this very day among historians that study the second World War and also just history buffs in general.

Alastair covered it All in Life…

Writing that encompassed topics as different and unique as hill climbing the countryside as a sport all the way to historic military battle! This is one Scottish writer often associated with a great deal of flexibility. He is still read today because of it.

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