Mountaineering in Scotland: The Early Years

written by Ken Crocket


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From Ken Crocket, author of Ben Nevis – Britain’s Highest Mountain, comes the full story of the dawning of mountaineering in Scotland. It will shock many to discover that, within a few years, Victorian climbers brought climbing in Scotland to technical levels not surpassed until the 1940s. The book breaks new ground by offering a comprehensive record of these early pioneers, when almost every climb was new and falls could be fatal. Covering the time leading up to World War I and with nearly 70 photographs from the era, many published for the first time, the deeds of characters big and small are described in detail.


354 pages
70 illustrations
Size: 160 x 240 mm
ISBN: 978-1-907233-20-3
Published: 2015

About the author

Ken Crocket is the author of several current climbing guides in addition to a well-received history of Ben Nevis. He has been both the Editor of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal (1986-2000) and the club’s President (2000-2002).