Thursday, 1 November 2012

Take a Trip up Highway 89 at RSGS Talk

Mountaineer Ian Mitchell shares his stories of Cowboys, Indians, Mormons and Mineworkers.

Ian Mitchell will take audiences a journey along Highway 89 in his talks in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth next week. His illustrated lecture features his most recent trip in the Rocky Mountain region.  along Highway 89 from the Mexican to the Canadian borders, through Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, in search of Cowboys and Indians, Pre-Columbian civilizations, Mormons and Mineworkers.

Ian's journey took him through some of the USA's most staggering National Parks including Zion, Yellowstone and Glacier, and also ventured into the backwoods of mountain America, to the Hanksvilles and Pinedales where a tourist is hardly seen. This is portrait of Mountain America at a time of crisis and change in US society.

Ian R Mitchell is a successful writer and mountaineer.  He co-wrote the classic Scottish mountaineering book Mountain Days and Bothy Nights  and A View from the Ridge which won the prestigious Boardman-Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.  He has been published widely in newspapers and journals and has appeared on radio and television programmes on travel and the outdoors, such as BBC’s Landward, Country File and Country Trax programmes. 

This talk is part of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society’s Inspiring People talks programme.  

Ian Mitchell’s Talk ‘Up the Rocky Mountain Spine’ will take place at the following venues

November 6th:  
Perth: Perth Concert Hall, Mill Street, Perth, PH1 5HZ at 7.30pm.

November 8th:
Glasgow: Renfield St Stephens Church Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 4JP at 2.15pm 
Edinburgh: Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9LE  at 7.30pm. 

Tickets are £8 for adults, and free for students, under 18s and RSGS members.  Tickets are available on the day from the venue. For more information about any of our talks this season please visit