The Call of the Mountains

The Call of the Mountains

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Inspirations from a journey of 1,000 miles across Scotland’s peaks

Max Landsberg

ISBN: hardback - 9781908373700; paperback - 9781912147847

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An adventure across a thousand miles of Scotland’s mountains.

In this personal guide to the triumphs, hardships and perils of scaling the Munros, Landsberg brings the joys and pitfalls of hill-climbing to life.

Landsberg’s adventures are presented in vivid detail, with insights ranging from encompassing the wonder of unique experiences like seeing the birth of a deer to the mundane delight of the flavour of sandwich he had on a given day. Throughout his account, Landsberg provides an in-depth insight into his growing obsession with climbing the Munroes and its effect on his physical, emotional and spiritual development. With insights on the history, culture, ecology and geology of Scotland’s mountains and guides to Gaelic place names, mountain safety and an analysis the science of walking, this book provides a complete guide for anyone looking for adventure in the Highlands, and is sure to inspire anyone who reads it to go climb a rock!


This book quickly drew me in. These journeys are precisely depicted through the author's perceptive eye for detail and his obvious passion for the outdoors. Steven Fallon, mountain guide and record-holder for completing all the Munros 15 times

Scotland has inspired legions of explorers and adventurers; this book will show you why. A wonderful journey through landscape, culture and obsession. Myles Farnbank, Director, Wilderness Scotland

Max Landsberg’s description of Rannoch Moor is one of the best I’ve found so far.... The Scotsman, November 2013

An interesting and worthwhile addition to the literature of the Munros and a book worth reading by anyone with an interest in the hills and hillwalking... Chris Townsend a novice hillwalker develops into an experienced Munroist. Along the way his passion for the hills shines through his writing. TGO magazine, January 2104

There’s no shortage of Munro books but (Max's book) brings something different ... and it works rather well. Scotland Outdoors, January 2014

This is a wonderful book that should be read, and will then probably be re-read, by just about anyone with any interest in Scotland's mountains. At one level "The Call of the Mountains" by Max Landsberg is a "how I compleated my round of Munros" book, albeit a particularly well written one. But there is so much more here too…. Undiscovered Scotland November 2013

…a must read book for all those with an appreciation of adventure and the great scenery of the North. Norman Maclean, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences, and author of Silent Summer

Distinctive…much of the insight and information that new or would-be baggers need. Andy Howell, trekking and backpacking blog-master