Excerpted from Chapter 4, “Water,” in The Living Mountain, Canongate, 2008
Anna (Nan) Shepherd was born in Scotland in 1893 and died in 1981, she was reared and lived most of her adult life in the village of West Cults. She worked for forty-one years as a lecturer in English at what is now Aberdeen College of Education. She made many visits to the Cairngorms, a mountain range in the eastern Highlands.
The Living Mountain was first published in 1977 by Aberdeen University Press. The current Canongate edition features an introduction by Robert MacFarlane.