Troubador Highland Journal

Released: 28/06/2018

ISBN: 9781789013252

eISBN: 9781789010794

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Highland Journal

1. The Making of a Hillwalker


Jack’s love of hillwalking began with a trip to the North-West Highlands where he and his son, Tom, began to explore the extraordinary mountains of Coigach and Inverpolly. Now this experienced hillwalker and geographer writes Highland Journal, an illustrated memoir looking back on his adventures.  

Joining the Jolly Boys, an anarchic group of Munro baggers, Jack was initiated into the world of hillwalking. Highland Journal records his adventures, the geology, the natural history and the idiosyncrasies of his climbing companions. With hair-raising moments such as walks in the deep snows of the Highland winter using crampons and ice axe and a mountain rescue on the Cuillin of Skye, readers witness the author’s transition from wide-eyed hillwalking novice to competent mountaineer.  

Illustrated with Jack’s own drawings and watercolours, Highland Journal also includes distinctive relief maps of each mountain climbed. The book will appeal to hillwalkers and Munro baggers, as well as readers interested in landscape and wildlife and lovers of adventure.

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Jack P. Harland

The author grew up in Northumberland in the Fifties and Sixties.

At university, he studied geography and met his wife (at the Freshers’ Hop). Their first child was born in his final year and their family has grown to four children and five grandchildren.

Jack became a geography teacher and had an interesting career which included working with the BBC and on national projects with the Scottish Education Department. With the help of St Andrews University, Perth Museum and Dundee Museum he developed the expertise to teach geology.

Wanting to experience something different, he spent a few years working in the Arts with a modern dance company, Scottish Opera and other bodies.

He missed teaching and returned, ending his career as a Head Teacher in Aberdeen.

As his children grew up and went off to university, he had time for trips to the Highlands to climb the mountains. Retirement in 2013 gave him the opportunity to go more often and Jack climbed his last Munro in 2015.

He has always enjoyed writing, drawing, painting and making maps and Jack has put all these together in his books about the Highlands.

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