Moonwalker is a unique story, the memoir of a man whose love of Scotland's mountains would override his body-clock and all conventional notions of health and safety. When Alan Rowan finished his shifts at a national newspaper at midnight, he knew he was too jacked up on deadline adrenaline to attempt sleep. At the same time, he was starting to worry if he would ever complete his ambition to summit every Munro.
So he decided upon a single solution - to ascend in the middle of the night, see the sun rise and then come down the mountain as everyone else was going up. We see Alan's transformation from desk jockey to midnight mountaineer, meet dodgy car salesmen, rabid sheepdogs, charging deer, superstitious Germans and crooked confectioners, while seeing the best of Scotland in a unique light. Moonwalker is funny and touching; a deeply personal memoir and a riotous travelogue.
The Munros may have been completed, but that doesn’t mean the passion for night ascents of Scotland’s mountains has been diminished for Alan Rowan. Fresh from seven years of nocturnal peak-bagging in Moonwalker, Alan now has his sights set on a new mountain list, the Corbetts.
Cue more midnight dashes across the country and more tales of madness and mayhem. There’s car crashes and roads that don’t exist; wild pigs and staring goats; the temporary loss of both feet and supermodel posties, giant chickens and snake-infested hillsides.
"Nostalgic and bittersweet, merging the euphoria of a memorable ascent and the joy of a spectacular sunrise with the shock of an unexpected airlift from a Welsh mountain and the horror of losing a friend to the hills you love." - ANNE BUTLER, Scottish Mountaineer
Thirteen full moons, thirteen special nights on Scotland’s highest mountains, the Munros, in the course of one exceptional year of full moons. Add a soundtrack for each walk and a surprising range of celebratory drinks and you have a fitting finale to the Moonwalker book series.
Share in flaming sunsets, long, beautiful night walks by moonlight and stunning sunrises. Brace yourself for blizzards, gales, and darkness. Mountains of the Moon is a unique snapshot of one year in the life cycle of the mountains of Scotland.
"Magnificent, colourful, dramatic … a love letter to Scotland’s mountains" - CAMERON McNEISH
The Moonwalker Chronicles is a series of ebooks, collections of tales and observations from Scotland's mountain landscape. Four feature-length articles are interspersed with a series of shorter, linked pieces that cover all aspects of outdoor life. It's a celebration of grand mountain days: there are sunset summits and sunrise peaks, narrow escapes, misfortunes and safety lessons, wild weather and tales for all seasons. There's history, nature, environmental issues and, of course, moonlight walks, all threaded through with a mix of passion and humour that will have you yearning to pull on those walking boots.
Alan Rowan has been a journalist for more than 40 years, working in Dundee, Aberdeen and on a variety of national newspapers in Glasgow. He held executive positions for 12 years on the Daily Record, including five years as sports editor. He is now semi-retired and but still writes for various newspapers and magazines.
Author of the Moonwalker trilogy, he has completed the Munros three times, many during the wee, small hours, and is currently closing in on a fourth finish. He has also climbed all the Corbetts, Grahams, Donalds, Munro Tops and Furths (3,000-foot peaks in England, Ireland and Wales) for a Full House. He is married with two daughters and lives near Dundee on Scotland's sunny east coast.