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Mountaineering in Scotland
Ken Crocket
Monday 30 October 2017

Lecture starts at 7.30pm; doors open at 7pm

Tickets at the door £5 (Friends £4) include tea/coffee and biscuits


Dr Ken Crocket's talk is taken from his book Mountaineering in Scotland – The Early Years, published in 2015. It is the first of three planned volumes on the history of this sport and it covers from the early days up to the start of World War I. He details the origin of the sport and its early development, which culminated in a high level of expertise which would not be advanced until two world wars had passed. The literature from this period is concentrated in a few club journals, while, despite the obvious difficulty in taking mountain photographs, several early enthusiasts left enough examples of their work to be useful. He also provides personal details of some of the early mountaineers to add interest.

Ken Crocket has climbed since his schooldays, developing an interest in the history of the sport which has grown year on year. He wrote his first guidebook while an undergraduate, and is the author of several climbing guides published by the Scottish Mountaineering Club. These have been followed by his history of Ben Nevis, now in a 2nd edition. A past Journal Editor and President of the SMC, he lives locally at the foot of the Ochils, where he often enjoys walking.