How Alastair Borthwick, The Scottish Author Changed the World of Rock Climbing

As a young man born on February 17, 1913, Alastair Borthwick, who was born in Rutherglen, he had dreams in life. What Borthwick did not fathom is how his life, especially his writing will change the lives of many people. Before his death on September 25, 2003, he had compiled and published two books that have, until date have elicited mixed reactions across the board.

Alastair grew as an ordinary boy in his hometown Troon. After some time, he had to move to Glasgow. It is while Borthwick was here that he went to school at Glasgow High School. Borthwick was an active student during his time in class thus he was also a member of Officer Training Corps. At age 16, Borthwick was out of high school, ready to start his new life. He had a burning passion for journalism. That is the reason why immediately after leaving High School, Alastair joined a local newspaper, Evening Times as a copytaker. It was not long before the Glasgow Weekly Herald, a local weekly journal with a wide readership, poached Alastair. As per undiscoveredscotland.co.uk, the weekly paper had a small staff thus Alastair Borthwick would find a lot of space to do his writing. Most of the articles Alastair wrote talked about children, women, and page leads. He also had a column titled Crossworld whose aim was to address what is happening across the world.

The Glasgow Weekly Herald gave Alastair Borthwick a chance to do even more writing. He had the ‘Open Air’ a section that covered material on rock climbing. Alastair gave the column an open approach that gave an open view on how the public felt about rock climbing. During his time, many people in Scotland knew rock climbing as a sport for the rich and famous. As many people started to have a diverse view on rock climbing, Alastair started thinking of how he’ll make a book. The time came in 1939 when he published Always a Little Further, a book that talks about the open view on rock climbing. Alastair Borthwick also published ‘Battalion: A British Infantry Unit’s Actions from El Alamein to the Elbe, 1942-1945’ originally known as ‘Sans Peur, The History of the 5th Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders.’ Connect with Borthwick on Facebook.

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