Summary of illustrated talk at the Scottish Storytelling Centre
This was the first of a series of evening events held at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, Royal Mile, Edinburgh on the theme of "Through Stranger Eyes: Stories of Travel". A separate story will cover another of these sessions by Beth Cross.
This is a summary based on notes taken at the meeting, which should give a reasonably good impression of what Hamish said. He has kindly checked over and corrected the summary and supplied the photos. For the full account and a full selection of photos, readers should get hold of Hamish's book, The Mountains Look On Marrakech, Whittles Publishing, ISBN 1870325295. The book was shortlisted for the Boardman-Tasker prize.
The story captures many different impressions of the landscape, the Berber people and their communities from a 3-month journey along the entire length of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco in 1995. This is a country which Hamish Brown has come to know very well from numerous visits hiking in the mountains and spending time with local people over more than 40 years. A friend of mine who recently visited Morocco went up into the mountains and when a local man heard he was from Scotland, said "so you must know my friend, Hamish Brown"!
He became well-known as a writer about mountaineering in 1978 after the publication of "Hamish's Mountain Walk", describing his 1974 trip to climb all Scotland's munros in 112 days, covering 1639 miles and climbing 289 peaks. The traverse of the Atlas must have seemed pretty easy after that! (Read more in his biography on Wikipedia).
This summary by Andrew Llanwarne
|Location||Atlas Mountains, Morrocco|
|Walk type||Longer Walks and Treks|
|Difficulty||A very long, strenuous hiking expedition|
|Time taken||96 day(s)|