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Publications

The SMC offers a diverse number of publications, appealing to all outdoor enthusiasts. These pages present a summary of our offerings, in addition to our annual Journal.

Profits from our guidebooks go to the Scottish Mountaineering Trust which is a Scottish-registered charity. Purchasing an SMC publication therefore helps the Scottish mountain environment. See the SMT pages for more details of what they do.

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  Mountaineering in Scotland: The Early Years   From Ken Crocket, author of Ben Nevis - Britain's Highest Mountain, comes the full story of the dawning of mountaineering in Scotland. It will shock many to discover that within a few years, Victorian climbers brought climbing in Scotland to technical levels not surpassed until the 1940s. The book breaks new ground as the comprehensive record of these early pioneers, when almost every climb was...
 

  Ski Mountaineering in Scotland   The incredibly popular and indispensable guide to ski-mountaineering routes in Scotland. Written by two experts and illustrated with colour photographs and route maps. This facsimile reprint has the same 112 photographs and 72 maps, 121 pages as the original.
 

  Ben Nevis - Britain's Highest Mountain   This is a highly illustrated and painstakingly researched history of a mountain whose global status far outstrips its modest altitude. Containing a significant amount of new research and historical information, this 2nd edition fully updates the history of Ben Nevis from 1585 to 2008. Known the World over, today climbing on Ben Nevis is more popular than ever and the mountain's international...
 

  Hostile Habitats - Scotland's Mountain Environment   2007 edition. Scotland's first guide to mountain fauna, flora and landscape, written exclusively for hillwalkers and climbers. Compiled by some of the country's leading experts in their fields, this book takes an in-depth look at the upland environment of the hillwalker and climber. There are chapters and identification sections on climate, geology, landscape, plants, animals, birds, insects,...
 

  The Cairngorms - 100 Years of Mountaineering   This splendid, thoroughly researched and well illustrated book details the first 100 years of climbing in The Cairngorms covering the period from 1893 to 1993. It is a tale of human endeavour played out among the remote corries and cliffs of Britain's premier mountain range. The book recounts the pioneering activities of climbers drawn to the high hills of The Cairngorms from all over the...
 

  Rising to the Challenge - 100 Years of the Ladies Scottish Climbing Club   The LSCC pushed the boundaries for women climbers with the first woman Munroist, the first women's expedition to the Himalaya and the first women's expedition to Greenland. This is therefore a story full of interesting characters, willing to challenge the conventions of their day to discover the adventures of mountaineering; from classic summer and winter expeditions in Scotland to exploration...
 

  Scottish Hill Names   This fascinating book explains the origin and the meaning of the names of Scotland’s hills, as well as how to pronounce them. It also brings together many of the legends and stories behind particular hill names. Written by Peter Drummond, it is a thoroughly researched, completely revised and expanded second edition which builds on the success of its predecessor. Many new names are detailed,...
 

  Scottish Hill Tracks   New Edition December 2011. With a foreword by Nicholas Crane, this is the fully revised 5th edition of Scottish Hill Tracks, first published in 1947. Containing 344 routes, it is a unique resource for walkers, cyclists, riders and runners wishing to explore the network of paths, old roads and rights of way which criss-cross Scotland’s hill country, from the Borders to Caithness. Published with the...
 

  A Chance in a Million? - Scottish Avalanches   2002 Revised Edition of this fully updated handbook. An indispensable textbook for all who venture into Scotland's winter mountains. Easy to follow guidance for winter climbers and hillwalkers of all abilities. Fully illustrated in colour and mono with tables and diagrams. Softback, 154 pages.
 

  The Munroist's Companion   Essential reading for all 'Munro-baggers'. Based on original SMC Journal material with linking commentaries by Robin Campbell. Includes a Variorum Table showing 108 years of changes to Munros Tables. Hardback with 64 mono illustrations and drawings, 328 pages.
 

  Munro's Tables   1997 Revised Edition. First published in 1891, this is the official list of Scotland's 284 Munros and those who have climbed them. Includes the lists of Corbetts, Donalds and Grahams, together with 37 colour illustrations and 20 maps. Hardback, 167 pages.
 

  The Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal   2015 Journal – No 206. The annual Journal of the Scottish Mountaineering Club has maintained a continuous record of mountain activities in Scotland since 1890. Includes articles, colour photographs, New Climbs section and Munro Matters, a section including the latest additions to those who have climbed the Munros. Contributions to the SMC Journal, literary or photographic, are very welcome....
 
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