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An Oban mountaineer has published a collection of stories connected to many aspects of the sport which he has been personally involved in over the last 40 years.
Living the High Life is a personal account of Rob MacCallum’s mountaineering exploits in Scotland and further afield and captures his enthusiasm, passion, commitment and sense of adventure. By using remote bothies, high camps, snow caves and open bivouacs he is very much at home among the mountains.
Personal accounts include a moonlight climb in winter, ghostly bothy experiences, mountaineering trips and ascents in the Canadian Rockies, Bolivian Andes and the Swiss Alps.
‘The book has been written on the central theme of inspiring others to take up this rewarding adventure sport,’ he told us.
‘My reward is to have experienced the events illustrated in the book and to have subsequently written about what happened.’
Rob also illustrates how mountaineering can sometimes be a risky business, demonstrating an uncanny capacity to warn of potentially threatening events. It’s all there: a collection of epic accounts, from being caught in an avalanche, a cliff self-rescue and crevasse fall, to cornice collapse and hypothermia. Luck and fate are never far from the action.
There is also a section on the amusing and unusual events encountered while in the mountains.
Also a keen kayaker and mountainbiker, Rob’s motto is ‘live the dream’, and his advice to young mountaineers and adventurers is, ‘the only limitations to adventure are those which you impose upon yourself’.
Living the dream can be found at Amazon Books. Rob intends to give all book royalties to local charities.