Hamish Brown hon­oured for moun­tain ex­cel­lence

The Oban Times - - Outdoors -

DR HAMISH Brown MBE, Scot­tish moun­taineer, lec­turer, photographer, writer, poet and in­ter­na­tional moun­tain guide, joins the Fort Wil­liam Moun­tain Fes­ti­val Hall of Fame as the tenth re­cip­i­ent of The Scot­tish Award for Ex­cel­lence in Moun­tain Cul­ture.

Dr Brown, 82, is best known for his walk­ing ex­ploits in the Scot­tish High­lands. He was the first per­son to walk all the Mun­ros in a sin­gle trip and only used the isle of Mull and isle of Skye fer­ries and a bike as trans­port.

Hamish’s Moun­tain Walk, the book he wrote in 1978 about that 112- day jour­ney, with 289 peaks over 1,639 miles, re­mains a pop­u­lar book on Mun­ros and made him a house­hold name and an in­spi­ra­tion for gen­er­a­tions of hill­walk­ers.

Dr Brown re­ceived an Hon­orary De­gree of Doc­tor of Let­ter from the Univer­sity of St An­drews for his con­tri­bu­tion to moun­tain writ­ing and po­etry in 1997 and in 2002 he was made an MBE for his ed­u­ca­tional work and a fel­low of the Royal Scot­tish Ge­o­graph­i­cal So­ci­ety. He was awarded an hon­orary de­gree from the Open Univer­sity as Doc­tor of the Univer­sity.

Mike Pescod, chair­man of The High­land Moun­tain Cul­ture As­so­ci­a­tion Lim­ited, or­gan­is­ers of The Fort Wil­liam Moun­tain Fes­ti­val, said: ‘Hamish em­bod­ies the pas­sion and the ex­cite­ment that ex­plor­ing the wild Scot­tish land­scape en­tails and the great de­sire to share this sense of ad­ven­tur­ous won­der with oth­ers.

‘Not only has Hamish ex­plored Scot­land and many other moun­tain ar­eas right across the globe but he has helped count­less oth­ers do the same and find the same sense of sat­is­fac­tion. Hamish is a true ex­po­nent of moun­tain cul­ture.’

The award will be pre­sented to Hamish dur­ing the Fort Wil­liam Moun­tain Fes­ti­val which runs from Fe­bru­ary 15 to 19.

Dr Hamish Brown MBE. Pho­to­graph: Dave Macleod

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