The Fox of Glencoe - Hamish MacInnes

£53.12

The Fox of Glencoe chronicles the adventures of the legendary Hamish MacInnes OBE BEM and his achievements in the field of mountaineering.

The Fox of Glencoe - Hamish MacInnes

The Fox of Glencoe - Hamish MacInnes
£53.12
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The Fox of Glencoe chronicles the adventures of the legendary Hamish MacInnes OBE BEM and his achievements in the field of mountaineering.

Throughout this rich collection of tales, Hamish’s unorthodox character and pragmatic approach to risk and loss are conveyed with wry, elegant style, offering a glimpse into the mind of one of the greatest mountaineers of our time.

Few people cram as much into a lifetime as Hamish did, and these memoirs reflect his restless curiosity and ability to marshal loyalty and support for the most outlandish schemes. The result is an eclectic array of tales that include youthful and historic first ascents, a disorganised attempt on Everest with only £40 and a borrowed tent; hunting for treasure in South America; dangling film stars from DIY contraptions off the North Face of the Eiger; hot air ballooning off Ben Nevis; and much else besides. Tenacious and inventive by nature, Hamish also committed much of his life to developing modern alpinism and promoting mountain safety and rescue. His legacy is vividly brought to life in this collection of unseen and retold stories, images and additional narratives from some of his closest friends.

Hamish MacInnes was born in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland in 1930. Throughout his long life, he pioneered many new summer and winter routes in Scotland and overseas. Hamish’s research on avalanches was a precursor to the Scottish Avalanche Information Service, and he established both the Search and Rescue Dog Association and the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team, which he also led for many years. His revolutionary MacInnes Stretcher is still in use around the world today, and he is credited with inventing the first all-metal ice axe, which was instrumental in the development of modern alpinism. A prolific author, Hamish wrote 26 books on mountaineering, including the seminal International Mountain Rescue Handbook (1972) and the classic Call Out (1973), in which he recalled his experiences with the Glencoe Mountain Rescue team.

A portrait of a life lived to the full, The Fox of Glencoe captures a bygone age and will strike a chord with anyone with a spirit of adventure, and who sees possibilities rather than constraints.

Illustrated throughout.

By the late Hamish MacInnes.

Hardback, 22cm x 17.5cm, 368 pages.

Published 2021.

ISBN: 978-1-907233-39-5.

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