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  • A Climber's Tales of Mountain Rescue in Scotland
  • By: Hamish MacInnes
  • Narrated by: James Gibson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Call-Out

By: Hamish MacInnes
Narrated by: James Gibson
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Summary

Call-Out is the definitive collection of tales about early mountain rescue in the Highlands of Scotland from Hamish MacInnes - Everest pioneer and arguably the most famous Scottish mountaineer of the 21st century.

In the late 1960s, MacInnes led the Glencoe Mountain Rescue team and together they developed innovative techniques and equipment in order to save lives - often risking their own in the process - whether night or day, and always at a moment’s notice. He was a central figure in the rescue during the 1963 New Year tragedy in the Cuillins on the Isle of Skye, and led groundbreaking rescues on Buichaille Etive Mor, Ben Nevis, Bidean nam Bian and many other legendary Scottish mountains.

At the heart of the stories in Call-Out are the unique characters in the team and wider Glencoe community who demonstrate faultless camaraderie, and - by virtue of MacInnes’s engaging storytelling - inject an almost comical slant into these sometimes-grim accounts of misadventure in the mountains.

The dark allure of the frozen Scottish peaks provides a foreboding backdrop against which we learn of Hamish MacInnes’s concern for human life under even the most extreme conditions. Call-Out offers an inspiring portrayal of responsible and dedicated mountaineering practice, which is as pertinent today as ever.

©1973 Hamish MacInnes (P)2021 Vertebrate Publishing

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Highly entertaining

Very enjoyable and entertaining. These accounts of mountain rescue before the advances of modern technology make them all the more remarkable. The commitment and courage demonstrated by the mountain rescue teams involved is truly admirable. Hamish Macinnes captures this in an intelligent and compelling way.

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Clear and factual with a touch of wit

An easy to listen, factual, recounting of a number of mountain rescues in and around Glencoe. These stories are told without emotion, which is a good thing as otherwise, the book could easily have become rather harrowing to listen to!

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Great

A great listen. Some extraordinary tales of rescues over the years described in riveting detail from both the expertise of the rescuers at the time and those that were gratefully rescued.

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A great collection of stories from a legend

As a current member of an MRT in Scotland, this book was an absolute joy. Some harrowing tales, and laughter, technical detail and understated descriptions of epics. The narrator was excellent, with only a few somewhat unconventional pronunciations of the Gàidhlig names. Changes of voice for the different authors describing events were appreciated too.
Highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in hill walking, climbing, or the history of the Scottish mountains.

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great book, terrible pronunciation of places

Very much of it time, great reflection of Glencoe and Mountain Rescue in the 60s.

You will either find the terrible pronunciation of some of the mountain and places by the narrator amusing or irritating!

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Mountain rescue in the Scottish Highlands

An incredible book, a real insight into mountain rescue in the Scottish Highlands, and a superb autobiography of Hamish MacInnes. Undoubtedly one of the best mountain books ever written about Scotland. Mainly centred on Ben Nevis and Glencoe with a chapter on Skye, the book is at times funny, reflective, harrowing and exciting. With a stand out narration by James Gibson the landscape and locals are brought to life with lovely Gaelic pronunciation and a softly spoken melody. I'll forever remember that point in each chapter when someone walks up to MacInnes, wherever he may be, and says Hamish, there's been an accident.

Highly recommended.