Alastair Borthwick was a famous writer and broadcaster that wrote books promoting climbing as a sport in Scotland and during the World War II wrote books through the eyes of a soldier. He served as a private and Highland Light Infantry, then was later promoted to a second lieutenant in 1939. He was also promoted to lance corporal by 1941. Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire on February 17, 1913, and passed away on September 25, 2003. He was married to Anne Corbitt in 1940 and they had one son.
Alastair Borthwick was raised and grew up in Glasgow and attended Glasgow High School. He left school at the age of 16 and became a telephone boy working for the Glasgow Evening Herald which employed only 5 people and the paper had only 28 pages. This way up to become a writer and editor to multiple columns. He also wrote articles for the front page and was also a Crossword Compiler. The Herald also had an “Open-Air Page,” where Borthwick was inspired by the outdoor recreation scene and fell in love with rock climbing.
Alastair wrote his very first book in 1939 and called it “Always a Little Further.” It captured the mountain climbing in the Scottish Hills and was a groundbreaking piece for him. During this time, unemployment was high in the Clydebank shipyards and many men and women had plenty of time to ponder over the mountains in front of them as had very little money to make ends meet. Borthwick took a different approach to mountaineer in his books as he covered the egalitarian climbers. He added a little bit of humor to his book that made it become more entertaining the readers.
In 1934, Alastair Borthwick had his first broadcast with radio and television and ended it in 1995. His multiple books and broadcast are like a memoir that touched into details of mountain climbing and the Second World War. He spent the last five years of his life in the nursing home in Beith and will forever be remembered for his broadcast and writings.
Rainbow34 November 30, 2018