A Mountain Before Breakfast
By Alan Rowan

Alan Rowan climbs mountains by night. His first book, Moonwalker, was all about his quest to climb the Munros despite a packed schedule as a sports journalist. The only time he could find for hillwalking was after work, so he cut his teeth on the Scottish mountains after dark.

His second book, A Mountain Before Breakfast, is all about the arguably greater challenge of completing Scotland’s other major hill list: the Corbetts, between 2,500 and 3,000 feet in height. Like Moonwalker, itโ€™s a book filled with adventures, but here there is a sense that the author has served his mountain apprenticeship and is chasing a more esoteric goal. Corbetts are often wilder and can take more effort to climb, despite their lower stature.

Thereโ€™s a great sense of fun and irreverence in this book, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of the ridiculous situations the author finds himself in, but serious topics are examined too โ€“ accidents and death in the mountains most prominently. A Mountain Before Breakfast challenges the reader to stop making excuses, because if you want something badly enough, youโ€™ll find time for it. Highly recommended for lovers of the Scottish hills.

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This review was first published in Mountain Pro Magazine.ย Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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