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Caleb’s List

Climbing the Scottish Mountains Visible from Arthur’s Seat

Caleb's List

Edinburgh. 1898. on the cusp of the modern age. Caleb George Cash mountaineer, geographer, antiquarian and teacher stands at the rocky summit of Arthur’s Seat.

This is the story of Caleb, me and the Scottish mountains visible from Arthur’s Seat. Somehow the Cashs or the Calebs didn’t sound right so I have called the hills on Caleb’s list The Arthurs.

More than just a climbing book this is the story of a survivor…Caleb’s List is a beautifully descriptive account in which Kellan MacInnes intertwines his own personal struggle with HIV with the life story of Victorian mountaineer Caleb George Cash beginning with the moment in 1898 when Caleb stood at the top of Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh and made a list of twenty mountains visible from its summit, from Ben Lomond in the west to Lochnagar in the east. MacInnes stumbled upon this long forgotten list of hills, now dubbed The Arthurs and in this book he sets a new hillwalking challenge…climbing the Arthurs.

Written in an unusual style and form, Caleb’s List takes a new approach to the hill walking guidebook. It draws on history, literature and personal experience to bring the mountains surrounding Edinburgh to life. MacInnes offers both practical and emotional insight into climbing these hills, in an account that is a must read for both hillwalkers, visitors to Edinburgh and lovers of Scotland all over the world.

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