Alastair Borthwick lived a rich life full of adventure as a writer that covered the world of climbing back in 1930’s Scotland. During this time, the world was going through a great deal of changes and uncertainty as the economy had fallen apart. Unemployment was high and people were finding themselves out of work for extended periods of time. They were looking for things to do that were affordable for people with little to no income and climbing fit the bill.

While climbing and hiking are popular amongst everyone today, it was not like this when Alastair Borthwick first began writing about the topic. The rich were pretty much the only ones who were climbing and they would frequently share their experiences in far off locations. Unlike the elite, he wrote from the perspective of the common people who were taking to the hills of Scotland. From hobos to young people, he met a variety of characters and got into many adventures at the time. He published his book on the subject in 1939 named Always a Little Further.

Even today, the book is still selling and is seen as one of the most important works on the subject. It still inspires people to get into the world of hiking and trying to see just a little bit more of the world. His works on the subject were first published in the Glasgow Weekly Herald. The Open Air column in which his columns were featured about climbing was not the only thing that he did for the paper. He also worked on other features such as the crossword and other columns.

In 1935, Alastair Borthwick left his position at the Glasgow Weekly Herald and joined the Daily Mirror back in 1935. The paper was headquartered in London and he soon left to begin working for the BBC. He was seen as a very gifted speaker and was able to inspire many people throughout his career with his work. Throughout everything, he remained modest about his accomplishments and continued to represent the every man from his early days.