Sandstone Press

Cairngorm John by John Allen

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-905207-57-2
Publication Date: 24/09/2010

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Cairngorm John
A Life in Mountain Rescue

John Allen

For over thirty years John Allen was an active member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and for most of them acted as Team Leader. In Cairngorm John (his call sign when in contact with search and rescue helicopters) he recalls the challenges of mountain rescue and the many changes he has both witnessed and been a party to. His book is filled with exciting accounts of real-life rescues, discussions of mountain rescue topics such as hypothermia, first aid, and the use of helicopters and search and rescue dogs. Peopled with interesting characters his accounts are at all times humane and the book is laced with humour.

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For over thirty years John Allen was an active member of the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team and for most of them acted as Team Leader. In Cairngorm John (his call sign when in contact with search...

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Reviews

‘A fascinating account of a man of great humility and remarkable courage.’
-Annie Brown, The Daily Record

‘I had to put on several layers just to read this book. It makes Touching the Void seem like a pretty routine day on the hill.’
-Iain Macwhirter, The Sunday Herald

‘Cairngorm John is a remarkable piece of work: succinct, moving, compassionate, gripping, technically detailed and yet broad enough in its appeal to hold the attention of general audiences’
-Rennie MacOwen, The Scots Magazine

‘Cairngorm John portrays the human side of mountain rescue, clearly demonstrating the emotional roller coaster that's involved, as well as the camaraderie that exists within teams like Cairngorm Mountain Rescue. I wish every 'do-gooder' who insists on full-time professional mountain rescue teams would read the book and recognise that the main ingredients for a mountain rescuer are commitment, concern and enthusiasm. John Allen has all these in abundance. He also tells a very good story.’
-Cameron McNeish, TGO Magazine