The Mountains Look on Marrakech: A trek along the Atlas Mountains
By (author) Hamish Brown
After an initial visit of three months to the Atlas Mountains in 1965, well-known travel writer, climber and photographer Hamish Brown has been back every year since, and this book is something of a love story about one man’s lifelong devotion to the Atlas Mountains and the Berber Highlanders who so strongly remind us of Scottish history, although in a harsher, bigger world where storms and flash floods can cause havoc.In his own words, I had put feet to my dream and this book is the story of that dream, the end-to-end trek of the Atlas Mountains, a 900-mile walk in 96 days, which I want to share before everything recedes like a tide into the flat waters of memory.Hamish makes light of what was a complicated and notable journey with endless passes, gorges and peaks taken in. With his wide knowledge of the Atlas and careful planning, the journey was kept in steady flow despite the many hazards, but it is the many cameos of description, meetings with villagers, entertaining folk tales, etc. which will beguile the reader and surely make this one of the classic stories of modern adventuring.
A professional writer, lecturer and photographer specialising in mountain, outdoor, travel and related topics, etc. the editor has written over 20 books including Hamish’s Mountain Walk, his first and award-winning book. He is also a frequent contributor to magazines, the press, radio scripts and book illustrations and has become an inveterate wanderer. Other notable books include The Last Hundred, 25 Walks, Fife; 24 Walks, Skye and Kintail and Along the Fife Coastal Path. After spending three months in the Atlas Mountains in 1965, he has returned every year since, a continuing love affair with a beautiful country and people.Hamish is one of the most respected authors and photographers for his two great loves – Scotland and Morocco. His books include Hamish’s Mountain Walk, Three Men on the Way Way which features the Corbetts, the Fife Coast and the West Highland Way. He has also edited volumes on Tom Weir and Seton Gordon, Seton Gordon’s Scotland and Seton Gordon’s Cairngorms and The Mountains Look on Marrakech tells of traversing the Atlas Mountains end-to-end.