Mike Cawthorne at Winter Words Festival


Mike Cawthorne began hill-walking on Ben Nevis aged seven, and has been climbing mountains ever since. When his friend died, he undertook a winter walk that was part memorial, part escape. Along with another mutual friend, Mike traversed the wildest and most remote areas of Britain, entirely reliant on food parcels buried beforehand.

Mike will describe some of the last wild places in Scotland but will also take you on a journey of grief, chance, mental illness and ecological damage. The walkers ask themselves a question – can the hills help us heal? But also, whether the hills themselves can be healed. Within the context of an extreme mountaineering adventure, a thought-provoking and moving event, grappling with issues of vital importance to us all.

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Friday 14 Feb 2020
Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry. United Kingdom