Anyone who has been to the Secret Howff, and many who have just heard of it, will know the name Ashie Brebner.
The last remaining builder of the legendary howff, Ashie has finally decided to tell his story. Published by Luath Press, Beyond the Secret Howff will be launched in Aberdeen later this month.
As the title suggests, the book will describe Ashie’s life not just in terms of howff-building, or his pioneering adventures in Scottish skiing (ski mountaineering, of course), but also his later career in pioneering guided outdoor holidays in the Highlands.
I haven’t read the book yet but have exchanged a good few emails with Ashie over the last couple of years and know he has plenty of great tales to tell, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into it myself.
In the meantime, whet your appetite with a couple of tales from Ashie which he allowed me to carry in the blog: one about the early days of ski mountaineering in the Cairngorms, and the other of a specific legendary exploit skiing the Black Spout of Lochnagar.
Ashie’s book will be launched at Extreme Sports, Links Road, Aberdee, at 7pm on Wednesday 22nd November. Ashie will be there himself, as will Mountain Days and Bothy Nights author Ian Mitchell, who has written an introduction to the new book
The launch is in Aberdeen on Wednesday 22 November in the evening at Extreme Sports on Links Road. It’s an open event, so if you’re interested come along and pick up an early copy of the book.