Few people today have the skills and talent to focus on multiple careers in their lifetime. Some of these talented people actually succeed. Starting a movement that touches many people across the world. Alastair Borthwick was one of those people. Alastair Borthwick was a very talented journalist, author, broadcaster and adventurer who had a very natural perspective on life. Creating, what was once a small curiosity, turned into a way of life, few people can enjoy.
Alastair Borthwick was born in Rutherglen, Lanark shire and moved with his family to Glasgow, Scotland when he was eleven years old. Alastair was very passionate about writing at an early age. At the age of sixteen he started his first career as a journalist in 1929. Alastair was so focused on his new found passion, that he dropped out of high school in Glasgow. Alastair began writing for a very popular newspaper in Scotland called The Glasgow Herald His responsibility was to receive and copy everything correspondent’s reported with The Herald, through telephone communication. Eventually Alastair was promoted to editor of the popular newspaper. He would oversee and maintain the newspaper’s honest reputation for informing the public of event’s, happenings and other things they observed around their community. Alastair started to write and edit a page of the newspaper called “Open Air”, where experienced hikers, climbers and adventurers would share tips, tricks and experiences of their journeys through the hills of Glasgow. Alastair was very curious about these adventures, until he attempted his first climbing expedition when he was only eighteen years old. The expedition sparked a passion for the outdoors. Alastair Borthwick became obsessed, going on various hikes and adventures. Hiking through the mountains and camping over rocks. Alastair Borthwick became a pioneer in bringing the life of hiking and climbing to the working class of Glasgow.
Years later, Alastair Borthwick was drafted to World war II. Reluctantly Alastair prepared himself to serve his country. Alastair joined The 51st Highland division 5th Seaforth Highlanders. He was prepared to fight against Adolf Hitler and his men. Alastair continued to work as a journalist from the trenches of war. He would write and report key facts he observed back to his home in Glasgow. Alastair also wrote a book during his time at war.
After the war ended, Alastair kept himself busy at work in radio and television. He focused on his new passion and gave journalism some time off. Alastair Borthwick was a free spirited man who spent most of his days hiking in the woods and camping at night amongst the mountains.