The Last Hillwalker
A sideways look at forty years in Britain's mountains
- ISBN: 978-1-912560-45-5320 pages
- John D. Burns
- Publication date
- 5 Sep 2019
Shortlisted: TGO Magazine Outdoor Book of the Year
From somewhere out in the vast whiteness of the blizzard we hear a cry for help. Instinctively the three of us turn and head across the mountainside. We find two men and a woman, huddled together in the snow, unable to descend the steep icy slope between them and safety.
The woman asks if we are experienced in conditions like this. My friends and I have tackled a few winter hills in the Lake District and bumbled up easy rock climbs, but we have never been in a full Scottish winter snowstorm. I laugh and assure her that this is nothing to mountaineers like us.
Soon our hills will be empty and one day the last hillwalker will disappear over the horizon. In the 21st century we are losing our connection with the wild, a connection that may never be regained.
The Last Hillwalker by bestselling author John D. Burns is a personal story of falling in and out of love with the hills. More than that, it is about rediscovering a deeply felt need in all of us to connect with wild places.
John D. Burns is a bestselling and award-winning mountain writer who has spent over forty years exploring Britain’s mountains. Originally from Merseyside, he moved to Inverness over thirty years ago to follow his passion for the hills. He is a past member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and has walked and climbed in the American and Canadian Rockies, Kenya, the Alps and the Pyrenees.
John began writing more than fifteen years ago, and at first found an outlet for his creativity as a performance poet. He has taken one-man plays to the Edinburgh Fringe and toured them widely around theatres and mountain festivals in the UK. It is the combination of John’s love of the outdoors with his passion for writing and performance that makes him a uniquely powerful storyteller.
His first two books, The Last Hillwalker and Bothy Tales, were both shortlisted for TGO Magazine’s Outdoor Book of the Year. His third book, Sky Dance, is published in 2019. He continues to develop his career as a writer, blogger and outdoor storyteller while exploring the wild places he loves.
- Title: The Last Hillwalker
- Subtitle: A sideways look at forty years in Britain's mountains
- Author: John D. Burns
- Imprint: Vertebrate Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-912560-45-5
- Rights: World
- Publication date: 5 September 2019
- Edition: Second
- Size: 198mm x 129mm
- Extent: 320 pages
- Cover: Paperback
- Weight: 400g
- Retail price: £9.99
Captures the essence of what it means to love mountains and love being in mountains. – Chris Townsend,The Great Outdoors Magazine
A compulsively readable book that, with insight and humour, takes the reader through a life's journey on the hills and mountains. Well structured, starting with a white-knuckle epic on an icebound Ben Nevis to very effectively hook the reader in, leading into a well-organised read. – Neil Reid, Mountaineering Scotland
'The Last Hillwalker is a great book, and should give you a few good evenings of reading.' – Hendrik Morkel, Hiking Finland
'The Last Hillwalker is essentially an eloquent and light-hearted mediation on ageing.'– Malcolm Nicolson, Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal